“The growth area of Frankfurt (Oder)/ Eisenhüttenstadt is a strong economic base in East Brandenburg. It combines scientific expertise with the strengths of a traditional, yet modern industrial site. The European University Viadrina and the IHP Leibniz Institute for Innovative Microelectronics contribute to the regions attractiveness for national and international professionals. Also international running is the composition of the industry on site – such as the global players ArcelorMittal in Eisenhüttenstadt and Astronergy in Frankfurt (Oder). Geographically positioned between Berlin and Poland, the region builds bridges between East and West. The growth area Frankfurt (Oder)/ Eisenhüttenstadt offers excellent conditions for companies and a high quality of living, working and recreational activities.”
Albrecht Gerber, Former Minister of Economic and Energy Affairs of the State of Brandenburg
Back in 2004, the State of Brandenburg started realigning its development policy, both in terms of industry sectors and regions. Using the motto “Strengthening strengths”, 15 regional growth areas were identified and, based on analyses of their economic structure, industry competence areas were defined that had undergone dynamic growth over the previous few years and had ample growth potential for the future. The state government’s aim in doing this was to increase the spatial concentration of its development programs in order to utilise these more efficiently. Regional growth areas are intended to act as motors for their region and radiate their success to the surrounding area.
Together, the city of Frankfurt (Oder) and the city of Eisenhuettenstadt form one of these growth areas. Both cities are part of the German Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg and located in the east of Brandenburg, directly alongside the River Oder, Germany’s border with Poland. Frankfurt (Oder) and Eisenhuettenstadt are the economic centres of East Brandenburg and, due to their industry clusters, are shaping the industrial and social profile of the entire region. Areas of competence include:
- automotive industry,
- food and drink industry,
- metal production, metal processing and finishing/mechatronics,
- media, information and communication technology,
- power engineering, particularly microelectronics and solar
Further industry competences exist in the areas of energy/environmental technology and tourism and are currently arising in the healthcare sector and paper industry.