1 Annual Report 2014 The State Economic Development Agency of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
2 Annual Report 2014 The State Economic Development Agency of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
3 2 3 Annual Report Our Team Supports Your Goals Discover the Opportunities Invest with Strong Partners New Team Member Doreen Hanke 13 Priority Countries 2014 More Opportunities Through Increased Marketing ERDF Priority Region Benelux Benvenuto Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Presented in Northern Italy Hoş geldiniz Business Contacts between the Bosporus and the Baltic Dobro pozhalovat' Russia Day in Rostock-Warnemünde Grüezi Lead Generation in Switzerland 2014 Herzlich willkommen! Festive Reception in Vienna Irasshaimase Project Japan Best Addresses in the North Success is Snowballing for the Industriepark Schwerin A Magnet for Companies Coffee Metropolis: Nestlé Opens Its Largest European Factory in Schwerin New in Schwerin: Hamburg-Based Polyethylene Recycler FVH Plans to Build at the Industriepark The Sky s the Limit: FLAMMAEROTEC Expanding Plastics Specialist Coming to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Topping-Out Ceremony at PROCAP The Future in the Northeast Developments in Vorpommern Well-Connected: TEUFELBERGER Locating to Stralsund Exceeding Expectations: IDT Biologika Building Research Center in Riems Sensational Motivation: Prolupin Researchers Win 2014 Deutscher Zukunftspreis Kick-Start: Deutsche Ölwerke Lubmin Expanding Capacities First Time in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Topping-Out Ceremony for Lenzen-MillTech in Grevesmühlen Best Advertising for the Location: Berendsohn Expanding in Brüsewitz Construction Begins in Dassow: New Pharmaceutical Plant for AqVida News from Neustadt-Glewe: AcryliCon GmbH Opens Production Facility New Investment in MEGA-Park Valluhn-Gallin: Groundbreaking Ceremony for Schur Pack Germany Production Facility 45 Trade Fairs & Events 2014 National Business Dinner in Hamburg BioCon Valley Meets Medical Valley Energy Storage Technology as a Location Factor / EXPO REAL / BIOFACH International SIAL / Seafood Expo Global Health Ingredients Europe / JEC Composites Europe Invest in MV on the Road Overview of Activities 55 Events Garden Chat: Summer Reception of the State Economic Development Agency Invest in MV Captains of Industry Drop Anchor at Business Meets Hanse Sail 61 Networking Door Openers for Companies Meeting of the State Economic Development Agencies in Rostock Exchange of Experience in Dömitz The Economic Development Agencies of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern New Cooperation in the State for Promoting Professional Training The Food Academy 65 An Inside Look at Invest in MV Economic Development Facts and Figures Projects New and Expanding Businesses 2014 Showrooms Invest in MV Proudly Presents Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Spot On Media Focus Outlook 2015 Meeting of Global Market Leaders in Germany Visit to EWEA OFFSHORE in Denmark More Marketing in Switzerland Visit to the Ferrari Town, Maranello Lead Generation in Denmark 80 Imprint
4 4 5 MV Experiencing Strong Growth Dear Friends, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is on a steady growth path. In 2014, the gross domestic product in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern increased by 1.6 percent in real terms. I am particularly pleased that the gross value added rose by an impressive 8.1 percent in the manufacturing sector and by 2.4 percent in the construction industry. The manufacturing sector saw its share of the state s total economic output grow from 10.1 percent in 2013 to 11.8 percent in The labor market in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is also developing well. Over the past 10 years, our unemployment has dropped by more than half. The jobless rate was 21.6 percent in April 2005 and only 10.6 percent in April Furthermore, the number of employees paying mandatory social security contributions in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has risen steadily: from approx. 503,000 in 2005 to approx. 550,000 in This positive economic development can be seen in almost all sectors: from the manufacturing, healthcare, and service industries to the skilled trades. For the tourism industry in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 2014 was the most successful year to date, with 28.7 million overnight stays and 7.3 million guest arrivals. The goods-producing industry, particularly the manufacturing sector and the skilled trades, has been a powerful engine for growth. The economic upswing has also reached the service sectors. This shows: Our state s economy is on firm footing. More jobs, companies with a strong willingness to invest, a record-breaking number of overnight stays in the tourism sector these facts make me optimistic about the future. That being said, now is not the time to rest on our laurels we must continue to work hard for this success every day. Many tasks and challenges still lie ahead. We will continue to work on the improvement of economic conditions for our small and medium-sized companies and on the creation of attractive and secure jobs and training opportunities. Above all, we must reduce the seasonal fluctuations in employment. Thanks to the new EU-funding programs for 2014 to 2020, we are still able to offer an attractive portfolio of support opportunities. Grants for research and development are aimed at strengthening cooperation between the state s innovative companies and universities. The state economic development agency Invest in MV plays an important role in the recruitment of new businesses to our state. This year, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will celebrate its 25th anniversary of statehood. This is a perfect opportunity for us to look back with pride on our many achievements. The state economic development agency was created shortly after Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was founded and, since then, has made a sustainable contribution to its economic development through business-recruitment activities. Many companies that have set up operations here over the past decades are now well established and set on a course of expansion. And course is a good buzzword for us. We need more new businesses, and Invest in MV will help us attract them. I would like to thank the entire staff of Invest in MV for their great work. Special thanks also go to YOU, the business leaders who have invested and are still investing in our beautiful state. You have recognized and embraced the opportunities available in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. We are happy to support you in the implementation of your plans. Harry Glawe Minister of Economics, Construction, and Tourism Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
5 Invest in MV Jahresbericht Die Landeswirtschaftsförderung von Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 7 Invest in MV Jahresbericht 2014 Die Landeswirtschaftsförderung von Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Our Team Supports Your Goals Invest in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH The year 2014 was marked by the creation of new opportunities. In addition to tried-and-tested locationmarketing activities, more than 100 other individual initiatives were carried out. In the context of roughly 90 trade fairs and events, approx. 46,000 business representatives were approached and 133 new projects generated for the state. This success has laid the foundation for the recruitment of further businesses and for new economic opportunities in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
6 8 Invest in MV Annual Report 2014 Our Team Supports Your Goals Our Team Supports Your Goals 9 Discover the Opportunities Invest with Strong Partners Invest in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH is the economic development agency for the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. As a one-stop agency, we are a partner for companies interested in expanding to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Our Services Location consulting: identification of suitable sites in the state Support in negotiations with the relevant authorities and institutions Guidance (contact information) for the recruitment of qualified personnel Assistance with applications for funding from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern & the EU Identification of potential business partners and networks Trust in Our Services Supporting You Since 1991 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers ideal conditions for your investment. The excellent investment climate, effective resources for recruiting skilled workers and management personnel, cutting-edge research institutes, and active networks offer outstanding opportunities for new and expanding businesses, as well as exceptional prospects for development. We support national and international investors, providing guidance on all relevant matters. To this end, our experts offer project-management and support services, ranging from site evaluation to the implementation of the investment project. All inquiries are treated confidentially, and our services are free of charge. For Invest in MV GmbH, 2014 was an especially active year. The additional ERDF marketing activities initiated by the Ministry of Economics in 2012 have created new opportunities in location marketing that otherwise would not have been possible. With the support of three additional staff members, our agency was able to carry out more than one hundred initiatives over and above its normal activities. Most importantly, our location-marketing campaigns were complemented by targeted initiatives, such as mailings and promotional films for the respective industries. In the context of roughly 90 trade fairs and events, our agency was able to generate approx. 46,000 contacts to business representatives and 133 new projects for the state. As experience has shown, the more projects we attract and support, the more new businesses set up operations in the state. In 2014, Invest in MV also succeeded in securing additional federal funds for strengthening its business-recruitment activities in Japan. The federal project Japan was mainly focused on electrical engineering companies and projects. For the implementation of this project, we recruited Doreen Hanke as a new project manager for our team. This means that we can plan for the year 2015 with additional staff and budget resources. The new businesses that have been recruited through projects supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) are a great testimony to the success of our work. In this area, our efforts are always focused on the creation of more and higher-quality jobs in the manufacturing industry. The projects that were successfully completed in 2014 are proof that we have taken important steps in this direction. Examples include the company AqVida, a producer of oncology medicines, Aero Coating, a manufacturer of coatings for the aerospace industry, and Lenzen-MillTech, which is building a recycling facility for the recovery of copper in Grevesmühlen. We would like to thank our partners from industry and politics for the outstanding support they have provided and hope you all enjoy this Annual Report. Michael Sturm Managing Director of Invest in MV GmbH
7 10 Our Team Supports Your Goals 11 New Team Member Doreen Hanke Ulf Riedel Leader, Industry Team 1 Ursula Goldacker Leader, Industry Team 2 Born in 1987, native of Schwerin Studies: BBA Marketing & MBA International Business at Texas A&M International University Invest in MV means the promotion of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern internationally. This fact became clear to me when I started my job as project manager for the implementation of the Japan project. My responsibilities included, above all, the generation of new contacts through visits to Japanese trade fairs and events. Through this work, I am able to apply the theoretical principles that I learned during my studies. At Invest in MV, I experience firsthand what International Business means. I look forward to the new and exciting areas of responsibility awaiting me in Team 1. I am looking forward to the new business year and the upcoming projects in our state. In addition to these new roles, I will still serve as the main contact person for Japanese investors. As a native of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, I am proud to support the state in its continued economic development. Michael Sturm Managing Director Service Astrid Martens Office Management Reinhild Heesch Controlling/Bookkeeping/Procurement Uta Piehl Support Team 1 Waldemar Hoppe Deputy Managing Director Sabine Küntopf Office Management Claudia Neufert Consultant PR & Marketing Jörg Mecker Support Team 2 Team 1 focuses on the sectors of the manufacturing industry that fit to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. These include the classic mechanical engineering and special-machinery manufacturing, the maritime sector, renewable energies, aviation, and the chemical and plastics industries. We also initiate and actively support projects in the automotive industry. As in the past, we will continue to focus our outreach efforts on Turkey, Benelux, and Japan. Doreen Hanke Consultant Japan Doreen Weigelt Senior Consultant Mechanical/Electrical Engineering ERDF ERDF Maciej Monkosa Consultant until May 31, 2015 Automotive/Aviation/Logistics/ Ports Juliane Ploen Consultant Renewable Energies Team 2 focuses on highly innovative sectors like life sciences and medical technology, as well as the high-revenue food industry and related segments, including food technology and packaging. Outreach efforts in 2014 were mainly aimed at Benelux, Italy, the Baltic region, Austria, and Switzerland. In 2015, initiatives will be added in Scandinavia and Switzerland. Dr. Elena Malieva Senior Consultant BPO/Service Center/Russian Federation Sabine Tennstedt Senior Consultant BPO/Service Center/Tourism ERDF Claudia Hertel Consultant Food Industry/Fisheries Dorothee Wagner Consultant Life Sciences
8 12 Priority Countries Priority Countries 2014 Priority Countries 2014 Benelux / Italy / Turkey / Russia / Switzerland / Austria / Japan There is no substitute for the direct and face-to-face exchange of experiences and information. This is why Invest in MV visited companies in several countries, organized investor conferences, and established business contacts with European partners. These activities received significant funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). In addition, a new federal project focused on Japan was launched in 2014 with the aim of expanding business recruitment in Asia.
9 14 Priority Countries Project Source Europe-wide in projects This project was funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Invest in MV ERDF Belgium 1 1 Denmark 0 1 Germany More Opportunities Through Increased Marketing Currently 43 ongoing projects Already 14 new businesses recruited France 1 1 Austria 3 2 Poland 2 4 Switzerland 1 3 Spain 1 0 Financial support from the European Regional Development Fund is expected to be approved for an additional five years beginning on August 1, In the past few years, these funds have been used effectively in several areas. For example, Invest in MV was able to generate many new leads and initiate projects, of which 14 were brought to a successful conclusion. With the approval of renewed funding, this work can be continued in the coming year. Plans have been made for visiting several trade fairs and events, and for making contact with potential investors. In 2015, the ERDF 1 and 2 projects will be focused on targeted business recruitment in various countries. Owing to recent developments, Switzerland has become one of the main priority countries. As part of its Switzerland project, Invest in MV will produce a booklet that will inform Swiss companies about opportunities in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. If successful, the resulting investments could create 950 new jobs 319 permanent jobs were created ERDF Results Since the approval of subsidies in late 2012, a total of 82 projects have been generated through ERDF-funded activities. By the end of 2014, a total of 14 projects had already been successfully completed, creating 319 permanent jobs (investment volume: million). Twenty-six percent of all projects can be attributed to ERDF projects. United Kingdom 5 0 Others 13 2 Project Share Europe-wide ERDF and IiMV 2014 ERDF 24 % Invest in MV 76 %
10 in de Green Village, Blokhoeve 7, 3438 LC te Nieuwegein 16 Priority Countries 2014 Priority Countries ERDF Priority Region Benelux In the context of the ERDF Priority Region Benelux, two events were organized in 2014: one in Belgium and a second in the Netherlands. Wilkom + Welkom: Round Table in Belgium On September 24, 2014, an investor event in the form of a round-table discussion took place at the Xpo Meeting Center in the Belgian city of Kortrijk. Two Invest in MV employees supported the German-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (AHK Debelux) in the organization of the event. Furthermore, visits were made to several companies that had been identified through lead-generation activities as having interest in setting up operations in the state. The northern Belgian region of Flanders has several companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sectors. Conclusion: Further events could be focused on this region in the future. Welkom Nederland! Another investor event in the context of the ERDF Priority Region Benelux took place on November 26, 2014, in the Dutch city of Nieuwegein (near Utrecht). This event was organized by the German-Dutch Chamber of Commerce (DNHK) in close cooperation with Invest in MV. Attending the conference were Dutch investors and companies from various branches of industry, including the service, trade, steel construction, mechanical and plant engineering, electronics, metalworking, renewable energies, food, transport, and logistics sectors. BIJ ONS KUNT U DE GROTE VISSEN VANGEN Unilever UITNODIGING Liebherr This project was funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Ostseestaal Gooi uw netten uit! Geachte dames en heren, Wist u dat de Nederlands-Duitse zakelijke betrekkingen niet alleen de eerste plaats innemen op het gebied van internationale handelsvolumes? Ons buurland staat ook al jaren op nummer 1 waar het gaat om Nederlandse investeringen in het buitenland. Steeds meer Nederlandse ondernemers onderkennen de waarde van de sterke economie, betrouwbare industrie en goede infrastructuur in Duitsland. U ook? Om de stap te overwegen is het van belang om inzicht te krijgen in de kansen en ontwikkelingen op de markt in het buurland evenals een beeld te vormen van de regelgeving en verwachtingen bij zakendoen met onze Oosterburen. De Invest in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH en de Nederlands-Duitse Handelskamer nodigen u daarom van harte uit voor een informatiemiddag over Plukon Food Group Informeer u op 26 november 2014 over uw kansen op een goede vangst in deze Noord-Duitse zakenvijver PROGRAMMA 10:00 uur Ontvangst 10:30 uur Welkomstwoord 10:40 uur Begroeting namens Mecklenburg- Vorpommern Participants were given practical tips and advice about setting up operations in Germany and even had the opportunity to ask specific questions in personal consultation sessions. One workshop focused on the cultural and legal differences between the Netherlands and Germany. In preparation for the event, a total of 4,000 Dutch companies were contacted with information about the investment location Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The speakers Bert Doldersum from Ostseestaal GmbH & Co. KG (Stralsund) and Diederik Parlevliet from Euro-Baltic Fischverarbeitungs GmbH (Sassnitz) gave impressive and practical presentations on the advantages of investing in Mecklenburg- Vorpommern. Harry Glawe, Minister of Economics, and Michael Sturm, Managing Director of Invest in MV, also outlined the state s locational advantages. Forty-five discussions with potential investors were conducted in the context of lead-generation activities connected with the event, and additional discussions took place at the event itself. A total of three new projects were generated. Invest in MV is now providing advice and support to the interested investors. The following Dutch companies and groups have already established operations in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Grabower Süßwaren GmbH, Euro-Baltic Fischverarbeitungs GmbH in Sassnitz, Pfanni GmbH & Co. OHG in Stavenhagen, Ostseestaal GmbH & Co. KG in Stralsund, Franziska Stolle Brenz GmbH, RST Rostock System-Technik GmbH, Winston Golf und Servaas Schlosshotel GmbH in Basthorst, and Van der Valk with locations in Wittenburg, Linstow, and Serrahn (on the lake Drewitzer See). In the first half of 2014, a total of million worth of goods were exchanged between our two countries (first half of 2013: million). Günter Gülker Director of the German-Dutch Chamber of Commerce (DNHK) For Dutch companies, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has been one of the most important investment destinations for many years now. Leading companies from the fisheries, agriculture, food-processing, metalworking, and tourism sectors have set up operations here and are very satisfied with the location. In recent years, Germany overall has become even more attractive as an investment location. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which has much in common with its western neighbor, is also profiting from this development. With its central location on the important transport artery Hamburg Berlin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers a very appealing business environment for Dutch companies. Significant growth potential can be seen, particularly in the energy, shipping, transport & logistics, and food sectors. This is one of the many reasons why we look forward to continuing our good cooperation with Invest in MV. 10:50 uur Zakendoen en investeren in Duitsland op woensdag 26 november 2014 (10:00-14:30 uur) Investeren in Mecklenburg Vorpommern 11:05 uur Nederlandse best Tijdens deze middag krijgt u uitgebreide informatie over de ervaringen van Nederlandse ondernemers met een vestiging Duitsland en informeren experts u op cultureel en juridisch vlak over de voornaamste wetenswaardigheden bij investeren in Duitsland. Vertegenwoordigers van Invest in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern en de Nederlands-Duitse Handelskamer staan tijdens het gehele evenement voor ondernemingsvragen ter practice-ondernemingen in Mecklenburg Vorpommern - - Bert Doldersum, Deputy Managing beschikking en verwelkomen u graag voor een persoonlijke Director, Ostseestaal
11 18 Priority Countries 2014 Priority Countries Benvenuto Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Presented in Northern Italy From March 18 to 20, 2014, representatives from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern toured the Milan metropolitan region and Bologna to promote the investment location in northeastern Germany, organizing company visits and a conference. The tour began on March 18th with visits to several companies from the food-technology, packaging, and electrical engineering industries in and around Milan, accompanied by Dr. Stephan Rudolph, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Economics, Construction, and Tourism Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In addition, business meetings were held at the University of Bologna with the aim of exploring potential for R&D cooperation between the important life sciences centers of Northern Italy and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. As a follow-up to these meetings, an investor conference organized by Invest in MV, the Italian-German Chamber of Commerce (AHK), and DE International Italia took place on March 19, 2014, also in Bologna. The conference featured presentations highlighting the locational advantages of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Prof. Horst Klinkmann, MD, Ph.D., Dr.h.c.(mult.) from Rostock, President of BioCon Valley and Board of Trustees for the Health Economy (Kuratorium Gesundheitswirtschaft) of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, presented the key features of the research landscape in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and outlined various opportunities for potential investors in the economic region. Since 1992, Prof. Klinkmann has served as Dean of the International Faculty for Artificial Organs at the University of Bologna, which enjoys an excellent reputation in the field of medical research and is considered to be the oldest university in the world. In 2011, the University granted Prof. Klinkmann an honorary doctorate. Da noi ci sono i pesci grossi... Weber Biotronik...gettate le Vostre reti! invito all evento informativo con aperitivo Fare business nella Regione tedesca Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - sviluppare insieme i mercati in data 19 marzo 2014 alle ore 15:30 presso Unicredit - palazzo Magnani sito in via Zamboni 20, Bologna Dieter Gelzer, Managing Director of the Malchin plant of Cargill Deutschland GmbH, outlined the locational advantages of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for the food industry. The production facility in Malchin is the largest pectin plant in Germany. On March 20th, the delegation visited well-known suppliers from the mechanical and plant engineering sectors, as well as a multinational logistics company. Dott. Luca Lorenzi Regional Director, UniCredit The economic power of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has steadily increased in recent years in practically all industries. This is one of the reasons why UniCredit was happy to organize the event Forum Germania: Investing in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Working Together to Develop Markets in cooperation with Invest in MV. With this event, we were able to support hundreds of SMEs from the Emilia Romagna region in their internationalization efforts.
12 20 Priority Countries 2014 Priority Countries Hoş geldiniz Business Contacts Between the Bosporus and the Baltic Since as early as 2013, it has been clear that more and more Turkish companies are becoming interested in investment in Germany. Therefore, the agency decided to continue building upon this success in 2014 and designate Turkey as a Priority Country within the context of the ERDF-funded project. Invest in MV worked with the German-Turkish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Istanbul to plan further measures aimed at informing Turkish companies about the advantages of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as an investment location. In January and April of 2014, Invest in MV visited several companies in Istanbul, accompanied by Vice Minister Dr. Stefan Rudolph. Following these constructive meetings, arrangements were made for site visits in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In December 2014, Invest in MV held a roadshow in Izmir and Istanbul and visited the International Istanbul Plastics Industry Fair Plast Eurasia. In total, these activities generated six new projects from the automotive, plastics, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering sectors. Emin Doganay, a business leader and recently appointed economic ambassador for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, proved his merit as a representative for the state. In numerous meetings, he was able to offer valuable support with his knowledge of the Turkish language and culture, contributing substantially to the generation of new investment projects. Invest in MV would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Doganay for his support at the meetings with Turkish companies in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In summary, we have learned that Turkish companies are interested in foreign investment but also require local partners who can help pave the way for them to plan and implement their investment projects. Direct and personal contacts with Turkish investors will continue to be essential for building trust and conveying a true impression of the location Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Therefore, a significant presence in the region is of crucial importance, not only for developing and strengthening relationships, but also for expressing esteem and interest as clearly as possible. With these facts in mind, Invest in MV and the German-Turkish Chamber of Commerce and Industry are organizing an event for Turkish business leaders in 2015 at the summer residence of the German Embassy in Istanbul. Dr. Stefan Rudolph Vice Minister of the Ministry of Economics, Construction, and Tourism Made in Germany remains a valuable selling point of many German products, which makes the business location Germany attractive for foreign investors as well. We market our state successfully worldwide as a top location for business, highlighting the reputation of the Made in Germany label and other locational advantages, such as the professionally qualified workforce, business-friendly infrastructure, business-oriented science and research, and our authentically welcoming culture. In this work, it is important to view and utilize business-recruitment activities as opportunities to overcome possible prejudices and build trust. We re on the right path.
13 22 Priority Countries 2014 Priority Countries At the heart of its production portfolio is the manufacture of complex and customized slewing bearings for various industrial sectors, including wind energy, turbines, cranes, and agricultural machinery. Invest in MV and Rostock Business are providing support and assistance for this project. Dobro pozhalovat Russia Day in Rostock-Warnemünde Russia plays a vital role in the economic cooperation between the Baltic Sea States and is also an important strategic partner for Mecklenburg- Vorpommern. The business conference held on October 1, 2014, was an outstanding success, attracting more than 500 guests. This event focused on the direct exchange of experiences and information between Russian and German companies in four industry forums (maritime, logistics, energy/energyengineering, agriculture and food). The conference succeeded in achieving its aim of keeping the channels of dialog open, even in difficult times. The Russian investor Kirovsky Zavod JSC is enabling the company Deutsche Großwälzlager GmbH (DGWL GmbH) to establish a production facility at Rostock s Fishery Port (Fischereihafen). For the first phase of development, the company will be investing roughly 5 million and creating 22 permanent jobs. The NEVA Exhibition and Conference for shipbuilding, shipping, and offshore technology was held in St. Petersburg in September Invest in MV and Rostock Business coordinated the exhibitors from our state for the exhibition s German Pavilion. Important contacts were also made at a healthcare-sector conference that was organized in Russia at the same time. State representatives visited the V.A. Almazov Federal Center for Heart, Blood & Endocrinology. In 2014, a collaboration was established between this Russian clinic and the Heart and Diabetes Center of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Karlsburg. This collaboration involved the exchange of personnel between the two clinics for training purposes. Dr. Albrecht Bochow Representative of the main shareholder of DGWL As a young Russian-German industrial company, we were looking for a suitable location with storage facilities in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for our slewing-bearing production facility. With support from the state economic development agency Invest in MV, we eventually found just what we were looking for at the Rostock Cargo and Fishery Port. With convenient and direct links to the Baltic Sea, we are now able to transport even very heavy loads and to ship products to our international customers, not only by road, rail, and air, but also by sea. Thanks to the excellent cooperation between politics, administration, and economic development, we felt very much at home in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from the beginning. The welcoming culture for investors is impressive indeed.