Sphairon Access Systems GmbH recently laid the foundation stone for a new production plant on the Salzenforst Industrial Estate. Among the guests were the former Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs and Labour Dr. Gillo, Mr von Witzleben, the Managing Director of Jenoptik AG, the Managing director from Sphairon, Dr. Al-Sady and Mr Bartsch, Mr Schwensen from the construction company TLG, The Mayor of Bautzen Christian Schramm and almost 100 employees of the company. More information ...
In a matter of only 14 weeks, a modern depot building has been constructed, which offers excellent working conditions for the 24 Hermes employees. At 2,400 sq. metres the building is almost twice as large as the old facility in Kleinwelka. The Bautzen branch of Hermes is responsible for the delivery of parcels in the area between Weißwasser, Sebnitz und Zittau. The Hermes couriers are supported through 3 satellite depots, 8 courier support points and 4 sub contractors with a total of 100 delivery personnel. Additionally a further 170 packet shops operate in the delivery area. They are the local point of contact for customers who would otherwise be very difficult to reach. The spectrum of customers who use Hermes to send their packages is an impressive cross section of large firms: OTTO, The German Railway, Lufthansa Sky Shop, Conrad Electronic, Weltbild, eBay und since October 2004 also the leading teleshopping concern QVC. The Hermes employees are very reliable in their work and have acquired a good reputation. In a nationwide competition throughout the company the Bautzen depot has returned the lowest level of lost deliveries for four years running.
The Bombardier works in Bautzen has just received a lucrative new contract. The Bautzen factory is to build 9 trams of the type "Flexity Classic" for the Australian city of Adelaide. The contract has a value of 28 million Euro.
In September 2003 the former EU-Regional Commissioner Michel Barnier paid a flying visit to Bautzen. Unfortunately the time available was very limited due to other appointments on the same day. Accompanying him were, amongst others, Michel-Eric Dufeil, Head of the "programmes and projects in Germany" unit responsible for EU-Structural Funds Support at the Regional Policy Directorate-General of the European Commission. During his visit he indicated his desire for a return to the Spree city. Indeed, on the 18th May he was again an honoured guest of the Mayor. This time he was accompanied by Dr. Gotthard Sonntag, the deputy director of the administration authority for EU-Structural Funds Support in the Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labour (SMWA). More detailed information concerning the visit appeared in the periodical Strukturfonds aktuell, No. 6, August 2004 (Publisher SMWA)
On the 8th. and 9th of July the First secretary and Leader of the Trade and Investment section of the British Embassy in Berlin – Ian Worthington -paid a visit to Bautzen. At the invitation of the Technology- und Business Start-up Centre Bautzen (TGZ), the British diplomat, who has had good relationships with the city over a long period, visited British businesses in the city: The Vodafone customer service centre in the Wilthener Street Industrial park and the firm Steelways in the TGZ. British firms in Bautzen currently employ a total of around 600 employees. A concluding meeting took place at the City Council on the 9th of July. Here, Mr Worthington was informed about the core competencies of the regional economy, particularly in the field of vehicle building, as well as the development objectives of the city and naturally the development plans for the Salzenforst Industrial area. The guest took many positive impressions of the city back with him, as well as a commitment to bring Bautzen to the attention of suitable contacts.
The Bautzen Cargobeamer AG has demonstrated another success in its efforts to enable the transfer of freight transport more quickly and economically from the road to rail. While the "Rolling Highway" between Germany and the Czech Republic has been taken off the rails, the innovative concept from the Spree city, Bautzen, continues to gather momentum. The State of Saxony has recently backed the ideas of this future technology and agreed a subsidy of 1.44 million Euro from its own and EU funds. This grant has secured the immediate future development of the company. The idea from Bautzen is for containers and truck trailers to be loaded onto railway wagons, with the help of palettes. The trucks drive into the palette parallel to the track, uncouple the trailer and leave the station. When all the palettes are full they are pushed onto railway wagons and transported to their destination station. The unloading takes place in reverse. This new technique dispenses with the need for time and cost intensive crane activity. Loading times are significantly reduced. Also the loading and unloading onto different rail track gauges such as on the Spanish or Russian borders will now only take a few hours instead of days. The subvention will allow the construction of the first loading/unloading station in Leipzig next year, which the freight forwarding companies can use to test the system. If everything goes according to the plans of the Bautzen developers, a nation-wide and then Europe-wide network will be created, which will significantly relieve the burden on Motorways and highways.
In recent days a 12 page A4 colour brochure bearing the title "In The Best Of Company" has been published which promotes the business possibilities and opportunities in and around Bautzen. 4,000 German and 2,000 English language versions of the publication were printed. The well known advertising agency "The Partner" as well as the Economic Development Office and various regional companies and photographers were responsible for the conception and production of the brochure. Firms which would like to use the new publication for advertising purposes should contact the Economic Development Office, Tel. 03591 534-590.
Bautzen Company is a clear innovation leader ON 4th February in the Innovation Centre for Railway Technology in Europe e.V. hosted a "Parliamentary Evening" under the motto "Sustainable innovative technology for railway technology from Saxon for Europe". State Minister Dr. Gillo, the State Minister a.D. Prof. Dr. Schommer, members of the Saxony Parliament, railway technology specialists and approx. 120 guests were present and experienced an interesting evening full of tangible visions and future opportunities. The evening was chaired by Dr. Detlef Kahl, member of the board of CIDEON AG in Bautzen and honorary chairman of the board of the Innovation Centre for Railway Technology in Europe e.V.
The regular contact between businesses and the city authorities was a crucial point in Bautzen being named the most medium-sized business friendly location in the Oberlausitz. Mutual co-operation between city and firms has been and still is the motto of the city authorities. Michael Böhmer, Director of Economy, Finance, Education and Social Policy, and Eckehard Oßwald, leader of the Economic Development Office spent some time in the previous week with Mr Gerhard Reiner, Business Manager of BDC - Bautzener Die Casting GmbH, in the Industrial Area North. The company has invested in this location since the year 2000, and since November 2001 has produced on three so-called "casting islands" for the automobile industry, machine building and electro-machine building sectors. At the beginning of 2003 the 4th "casting island" was inaugurated, along with a processing centre where the die-cast parts are machined to the highest levels of precision. This facility alone required an investment of 2.3 million Euro. Now further steps are being planned. Two new "casting islands" and a warehouse should be ready to start work by September 2004 at the latest. To aid this development, BDC has taken up their option on a plot of land immediately adjoining their present site on the Neuteichnitzer Street. "We are particularly proud of our own up and coming employees" said Mr Reiner. "Since the founding of our company we have been training apprentices from Bautzen in Gunzenhausen. At the moment they are taking their apprenticeship examinations and then they should begin to work here with us. Because die-casting is a very specialised type of work, we will also have to, and want to train up our own employees".
The BUDISSA Agrarprodukte AG is based in Niederkaina, in Bautzen. As a result the city is the home to an efficient agricultural products company with both traditional and also extremely modern business areas. With its own agricultural production area of 7,100 ha in the north east area of the city and district as well as property belonging to the company, a total of 10 businesses in the fields of primary agricultural production, related services and trade are operated by the group. At the end of January the Mayor for Economy and Finance Michael Böhmer, accompanied by the leader of the Economic Development Office, Eckehard Oßwald, were briefed on the current state of the agricultural group by BUDISSA-Chairman, Mr Johannes Pietschmann. Of particular interest was how the extreme climate year 2003, the special demands of the EU agricultural reforms, falling prices of certain products and similar questions could be dealt with and what targets had been set for 2004. The guests were able to satisfy themselves that the Board of the group and the 260 employees are able to cope with these problems. Restructuring and setting of the targets for the future As a result of the restructuring and future orientation of the group, the BUDISSA AG today can be counted among the most efficient and productive agricultural enterprises in the new German states That can be most clearly seen in one of the most modern business areas: the subsidiary company BAG - Budissa Agroservice Gesellschaft mbH has created 12 jobs in Kleinbautzen through the production of plastic foil tubes under licence. These hoses are in demand by feed conservation concerns in 18 European countries. Also worth mentioning is the regional and social engagement of the group. The BUDISSA AG supports organisations and institutions in the rural area within the framework of its possibilities.
Since 14 January 2004 the Oberlausitz belongs to the group of "Innovating Regions in Europe". The European Commission confirmed the membership of the region in the network of the "Innovating Regions in Europe (IRE)." This is a network of more than 100 regions in which innovations as well as innovations and technology transfer strategies are developed and implemented with the support of Brussels. "With the admission of our region into the IRE, the European Commission has honoured the efforts of many agencies in the Oberlausitz to strengthen the competitiveness and innovative capacity of enterprises in the region." This is how Dr. Jürgen Besold, Business manager of the Technology- and Business Start-up Centre Bautzen (TGZ) greeted the decision from Brussels. "We will use the involvement in this project to exchange ideas and deepen the analyses and strategies for the Oberlausitz already developed from the existing project 'InnoDreiländereck' – (Innovation in the Three Country Area – P, CZ & D) In the future, greater use should be made of EU development funds for the cross-border cooperation." stated Dr Besold. The TGZ Bautzen was primarily responsible for the activities which made membership of the IRE possible. It leads a consortium consisting of itself and the Institutes of Technology in Zittau/Görlitz which with the project "InnoDreiländereck" are developing an innovation oriented development concept for the Oberlausitz. Membership of the IRE will result in the authorities responsible for the development of technology and innovation in the Oberlausitz in the future being directly informed about all activities concerning European innovation development. In addition there are also possibilities for cooperation with other IRE regions. Membership of the group is also an important factor for the external marketing of the city of Bautzen in Europe, and in particular of value in acquiring new investors. The fact of belonging to an innovative region is a valuable plus. Partners in the TGV apart from the City of Bautzen are also the District Savings Bank Bautzen. Further information can be found in the internet under www.innovating-regions.org or www.innodreilaendereck.de.