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Dear readers,

There’s no two ways about it: This year was a challenging one – for all of us and in all sorts of ways. But now the time has come to look to the future with optimism.

For example, I’m excited to find out what Elon Musk is planning here in Hessen for 2021. His SpaceX Group’s Starlink project aims to bring high-speed satellite Internet to even the remotest areas. He has selected Frankfurt as his German headquarters for this venture and we will, of course, be actively supporting the process. I am also delighted that preparations for manufacturing Covid-19 vaccines are in full swing at not one but two different locations in Hessen: Up to one billion doses will be produced in Marburg and Frankfurt-Höchst in the coming year!

My recommended read in this newsletter is the interview with Donald Schaffer, Director Sales & Marketing Europe and Head of Automotive Solution Business Unit Europe at Dexerials. He recounts his experiences looking for a location - the Japanese manufacturer of advanced materials opened an office in Hessen over three years ago - on how to survive the brutal competition in the automotive supplies business, and how to master the coronavirus pandemic. He also reveals his top tip for future investors.

In addition, this newsletter showcases the many international companies who have invested in expanding their operations in Hessen in recent years, and how we can also help you with this.
After all, one thing is certain: We are here for you in these turbulent times, just as ever.

Wishing you happy holidays and a good start to the new year.
Dr. Rainer Waldschmidt

Dr. Rainer Waldschmidt, CEO
Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH
The Koi in the Shark Tank

How did a global player from Japan like Dexerials find a home away from home in Frankfurt, Hessen? Donald Schaffer, Director Sales & Marketing Europe and Head of Dexerials' Automotive Solution Business Unit Europe, talks to us about finding the right location, his experience in Frankfurt and coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Google is Coming to Hessen

Google is setting up large data centers in Hessen, more precisely in Erlensee and Dietzenbach near Frankfurt. Read here why Hessen is predestined for such centers and why the company has thus made a good choice.

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A Visionary Project in an Innovative Region

Elon Musk sets up headquarters in Frankfurt for his company Starlink. His latest project is to make high-speed satellite Internet available around the world. Find out why he is counting on Hessen to make this happen and how Frankfurt’s Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann thinks about it.

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Open for Business

Would you like to get to know a place where the technologies of tomorrow meet the best of today's lifestyle? End your search and discover Hessen as a business location with all its strengths and opportunities in our new brochure ”Hessen & Frankfurt: Open for Business“.

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Did you know...

...that international football as we know it today wouldn’t exist without someone from Hessen? Back in the day, tied football matches used to be decided by tossing a coin. Then, in 1970, Frankfurt referee Karl Wald had the idea of using penalty shootouts to decide who’d won or lost.
Facts & Figures
Here to Stay

According to Germany’s FDI league table, Hessen is one of the most popular locations for international companies. Not only that many companies have settled here in recent years: Overall, more than 90 percent of international investors stay in Hessen for at least five years. Discover more impressive statistics from Hessen here.

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On the Home Stretch in the Race Against Covid-19

The world is currently looking eagerly at Hessen: millions of vaccine doses against the Corona virus are to be produced in both Marburg (Biontech) and Frankfurt-Höchst (Sanofi). This shows that Hessen is living up to its reputation as the "pharmacy of the world".

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Phone: +49 (0)611 95017-8661
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CEO: Dr. Rainer Waldschmidt
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