Whether steel construction for a research station in the Antarctic, aquaristics for the global market, wafers for gourmets throughout Europe, VIP boxes for football stadiums in the USA: no matter how different the products are, they all have one thing in common. They have all originated in the geographical Heart of Germany’s North West, in the Osnabrücker Land.
Companies here really are in the middle of things: in the centre of North West Germany and in the midst of a strong economic region full of diversity, inventiveness and an entrepreneurial spirit. A broad mix of industries, and above all a strong SME sector and healthy job market at the Heart of Germany’s North West offer companies ideal conditions to continue their own development and to be successful market players. There are plenty of reasons why Osnabrück District is located in Germany’s fourth strongest SME region and featured in the “Atlas of German Business Centres” ranking issued by the Wirtschaftswoche and Deutsche Bank.
Well-known furniture manufacturers have production facilities in the Osnabrücker Land. Photo: Oeseder Möbel-Industrie Mathias Wiemann GmbH & Co. KG, Georgsmarienhütte
Wiemann Möbel Georgsmarienhütte. Photo: Oeseder Möbel-Industrie Mathias Wiemann GmbH & Co. KG, Georgsmarienhütte
Showroom of Melos GmbH. Photo: Melos GmbH, Melle
Outstanding traffic infrastructure
The district scores above all with its outstanding traffic infrastructure. Located at the Heart of Germany’s North West, excellent motorways connections with the A 1, A 30 and A 33, the international airport Münster/Osnabrück and the Midland Canal ensure easy access in less than two hours to Germany’s overseas ports, the Ruhr conurbation, the Hannover-Braunschweig-Göttingen-Wolfsburg Metropolitan Region as well as the Netherlands. This is highly beneficial not just for the many logistics companies but also for the other major industries at home in Osnabrücker Land. These include agricultural engineering, the food industry and machine construction as well as the furniture industry and the healthcare sector. The central location at the Heart of Germny’s North West has led to the formation of significant industry clusters.
Also optically a real eye-catcher: the Solarlux headquarters. Photo: Solarlux GmbH, Melle
“Made in the Osnabrücker Land”
Well-known food brands such as Homann, Rau and Fuchs Gewürze have manufacturing facilities here in the region. Another lesser known market
leader in Europe is Meyer wafer factory in Venne. GelatoClassico from Hilter not only supplies icecream parlours with delicious ice-cream creations but also provides culinary delights for the Lufthansa fleet of airplanes. Tetra from Melle is the world leader of the aquaristic market, producing fish food and much more besides for ponds and aquatic life forms.
Agricultural engineering companies find excellent conditions here in the district, as illustrated by the impressive list of companies based here. Grimme Landmaschinenfabrik and Kotte Landtechnik in Rieste, Amazonen-Werke H. Dreyer in Hasbergen and Bramsche and last but not least Claas, international manufacturers of agricultural engineering equipment with a development centre in Dissen, supply ideas and products from the Heart of Germany’s North West. And products from the
Osnabrücker Land are also often found in the comfort of private homes: the bedroom may come from Oeseder furniture manufacturer Matthias Wiemann; nearly every kitchen and every bathroom will have products by Kesseböhmer from Bad Essen. Häcker Küchen GmbH & Co. KG has a major production site in the Osnabrücker Land. And last but not least, the region is also home to the largest distribution centre in the world for Adidas.
The services sector also has a good standing in the Osnabrücker Land. Many companies are known to experts way beyond the district borders. Produkt +
Markt in Wallenhorst for example stands for inspiring, innovative market research on a national and worldwide scale. The e-commerce agency Wiethe Group in Georgsmarienhütte leads the market in the fashion sector and has the largest e-commerce photo studio in Europe. On the other hand, FM LeasingPartner in Bissendorf offers the very best in financial expertise, developing financing
solu tions for investment projects for more than 30 years.
High-tech from the AMAZONE factories. Location with prospects.
Photo: Amazonen-Werke H. Dreyer GmbH & Co. KG, Hasbergen
Innovations for the whole world
Although many of the companies based in the region operate on a global scale, few of them are so well known. Some examples of their innovative capabilities can be found in the Antarctic. Here Wurst Stahlbau from Bersenbrück made the steel structure of the building envelope for the research station Neumayer III, while the complete outer envelope for the same project came from Teledoor in Melle. Melos, another company from Melle, demonstrated its sportsmanship in supplying the granulate for the blue racing track in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, literally providing the framework
for Germany’s football cup final. Feldhaus Klinker from Bad Laer leads the market for manufacturing brick slips and facing bricks, while culimeta in Bersenbrück is market leader for textile glassfibres.
By the way glass: Solarlux from Melle enjoys global success with conservatories, glass partitions, terrace roofs and facade design. The company built VIP boxes for numerous sports stadiums in the USA, such as Seattle, New York and Philadelphia,
together with the Olympic Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. And a company from Osnabrücker Land, tde – trans data elektronik in Bippen – even supplied
the technology for one of the world’s largest experiments: the particle accelerator at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where they conduct experiments with black holes. One of the leading companies in the field of dental
brackets is Top-Service für Lingualtechnik . With all these globally acknowledged achievements, the Osnabrücker Land truly lives up to its name as a well-known innovation region in the Heart of Germany’s North West.