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Dear readers,

The first Christmas cookies are in the pantry and are signaling to us that we have arrived in the fourth quarter of this extraordinary year. There was — and still is — only one theme. We are experiencing a situation that affects and restricts us all equally and together in almost all areas of life — personally, socially and economically too. But when I look back, many positive moments come to mind throughout the past months:
  • The helpfulness among neighbors, which made lockdown more bearable.
  • The lightning-fast reactions of entrepreneurs to adapt their businesses to the new situation.
  • The innovative ideas that make life with coronavirus easier for us.
  • The new virtual and hybrid trade show formats that we were able to experience.
  • The (re-)discovered destinations right on our doorstep, which some people had almost forgotten about.
Perhaps more beautiful and encouraging things have happened than first thought.

And that’s why we also look at the “good news” from the federal state of Hessen in this newsletter. We look at Yoshi, who came here from Japan a decade ago and found his second home in Frankfurt. And at the fashion scene, which is already feverishly awaiting the Frankfurt Fashion Week 2021. And at our digital city Darmstadt, which has climbed to the top of the Smart City Index ranking.

This month’s or maybe year’s good news for me is definitely that one of the world’s largest coronavirus vaccine production facilities could be built in Marburg, in Hessen. Subject to regulatory approval, Biontech plans to produce up to 250 million doses of its potential new vaccine right here in the first half of 2021, full capacity will be up to 750 million doses. In addition, several hundred million doses of a vaccine will be produced in Frankfurt Höchst thanks to Sanofi. Thus, more than a billion people could potentially benefit from vaccine made in Hessen for the world.

I hope you will enjoy reading and watching our good news.
Dr. Rainer Waldschmidt

Dr. Rainer Waldschmidt, CEO
Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH
N store – for Europe from Japan

The Japanese community in Hessen is highly active. More than 2,000 Japanese live in the city of Frankfurt, many Japanese companies are also based here. Such as the "N-Store", a pop-up store by Yoshihiro Horikawa. Read here why Yoshi is so fascinated by Frankfurt and discover his extraordinary mobile boutique.

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Stories & Facts
Feels like Fashion

OK, Fashion Week comes to Frankfurt. At first glance, this might not be a good idea, since the Hessian metropolis is not exactly known for its fashion. However, the three designers Vatsala Murthy, Olivia Dahlem and Osama Hajjaj prove that this view is not entirely correct.

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Together into the Future

The Center for Artificial Intelligence was founded in the state of Hessen to ensure that the transfer between science and industry is successful. Find out more about Hessen’s plans with AI in the future.

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On Good Ground

If you want sustainable growth for your company, you should know the perfect location. The German "Startup Monitor 2020" (DSM) shows that the state of Hessen offers good conditions for start-ups. Find out here which city is particularly suitable for ensuring sustainable growth even in times of the coronavirus.

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Did you know...

...that 153 overseas companies invested in the federal state of Hessen last year? Of these, 64 have expanded their locations in Hessen. With 29 investment projects, the USA was again the front-runner in 2019. The United Kingdom (23) and China (19) followed in second place.
Hessen on Tour goes virtual
There's no way around us: Online Seminars

Discovering business opportunities abroad while staying home sounds good? Then have a look at our online seminars!

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Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH
Konradinerallee 9
65189 Wiesbaden, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)611 95017-8661
Concept, text and editing:
Daria Dietz (responsible according to German Press Law)

CEO: Dr. Rainer Waldschmidt
Chairman of the Supervisory Board: State Secretary Dr. Philipp Nimmermann

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Wiesbaden Municipal Court: HRB 26657
VAT ID No. DE285787703

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