Situated in the heart of Germany and Europe, we offer quick and easy access to Germany's major cities. Global enterprises utilise these logistical advantages and use the region as a base for the Asian and North American markets.
The state capital Erfurt is the economic and administrative centre of Thuringia and is well connected to the whole of Europe thanks to its central location. The A4 and A71 highways running close by, the ‘Erfurter Ring’ and Erfurt-Weimar Airport make Erfurt particularly attractive for businesses. Erfurt is also quick and easy to reach by train.
Four powerful partners
Erfurt, a traditional centre of trade on the via regia, is one of Germany's major logistics hubs and has emerged as a key player both in the semiconductor industry and in media production. Weimar is renowned around the world as a symbol of European culture and politics and of the dawn of the modern age as articulated by the Bauhaus. Jena leads the way in technology and research, and consistently achieves high positions in nationwide rankings for Germany. The Weimarer Land – the region surrounding Weimar – has a long-standing tradition as a centre of couture and hosts the internationally regarded European Design Awards in Apolda.
Innovation in focus
Our dynamic region is a hub of future-oriented technology - from optoelectronics to biotechnology, from material sciences to microtechnology, from pharmaceutics to precision engineering. The region offers a unique mix of cluster initiatives and knowledge-based networks. Optical technology, medical solutions, plastics, and materials engineering enjoy international relevance and give rise to further sector-specific clusters. The researchers and developers are supported by a strong network of specialist service providers, enterprises and suppliers, all of which rely on the region's state-of-the-art infrastructure. Medical technology is one of the strongest and most research-intensive growth sectors in Thuringia. In and around Jena internationally oriented companies and institutions develop innovative diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, for example in ophthalmology.
Great minds shape the future
In the heart of the region, the cultural hub Weimar unites business innovation with rich heritage and a high quality of life. Idyllically situated in a landscape of great variety, Weimar becomes more popular as an international tourist destination with every passing year. The town is also a first-class location for conferences and a hotspot for business and enterprise. Weimar offers outstanding facilities for knowledge-intensive sectors with an international outlook. In a place more commonly associated with culture, architecture, the media and innovative engineering, there is a strong production and research base in the chemicals, plastics, food and metal processing industries. Vocational schools, training academies, the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, the Liszt School of Music and the Duchess Anna Amalia research library attract young people to Weimar, where a high concentration of creative companies offer excellent prospects for the future.