A Regular Update on Economic Developments in Bavaria
No. 63 September 2006
BAVARIA IN THE NEWS
Munich and Nuremberg:
Ferenc Krausz: now twin cities
major prize A new 300 kilometer-per-hour rail link has Also serving Ingolstadt and its booming
for the founder cut the travel time between Bavaria’s two automotive cluster, the once-an-hour line
of attotechnologies major metropolises to 78 minutes. will further the merging of Munich
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Commissioned in late May, the € 3.6 billion, and Nuremberg into a single business
171-km long line is a masterpiece of engi- region inhabited by nearly 3 million people
Straubing: neering, having required the building of and served by no less than 25 trains each
what’s new in renewable fuels nine major tunnels and of hundreds of way each day – and by one of the country’s
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Bavarian economy boosts GDP
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Europe’s best airport
performance from personnel Munich is the best airport in Europe and seasonal changes (the beginning of sum-
and production technologies one of the top three worldwide. That’s mer vacation) and special events (the FIFA
See page 3 according to Skytrax. In compiling its World World Cup®).
Airport Awards 2006, the authoritative Lon-
A state of entrepreneurs: don-based air travel specialist polled 7.2 The busiest day in Munich’s 14-year history
Michael Käfer million passengers from 93 countries. The has put the airport on course to register
and his catering empire Award’s rankings were comprised of the yet another record-breaking year of pas-
See page 3 airports’ performance in 40 categories, senger traffic in 2006. Last year, Munich
with these including punctuality, times of served 28.5 million passengers, up 6%
transfer, ease of navigation and more. from 2004. The forecast for 2006: at least 30
Cruising Bavaria’s million passengers.
waterways: Though gratifying, the results were any-
pleasures to be pursued thing but a surprise. Munich had achieved Numerous though they are, these passen-
See page 4 similar results (number one in Europe, gers account for only half of the shoppers
number four in the world) in the 2005 rank- patronizing the airport’s more than 200
Foundation stone: ings. Skytrax’s findings were confirmed by shops, restaurants and service facilities.
Garching’s Business Campus another mid-2006 study, this one published The rest are comprised of the 24,000
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by Capital. The business magazine employees working for the some 500 com-
employed 107 criteria in evaluating Ger- panies based in the airport, and are round-
many’s airports. Top ranking: Munich! ed out by residents from surrounding com-
munities who like to take advantage of the
our representative in Poland The quality of Munich Airport’s operations large range of shopping options plus con-
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was put to the ultimate test on June 2, 2006. venient shopping hours.
During a period of 24 hours, there were
Trade fairs in Munich 1,219 takeoffs and landings at the airport, A single fact – 47% – shows how important
and Nuremberg making it the busiest day ever at Munich. these ‘non-aviation activities’ have become
See page 4 The reason behind this all-time high was a to Munich Airport. The percentage refers to
mix of long-term trends (the development the share of the airport authority’s rev-
of Munich into a world-class hub), and of enues generated by its stores.
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Major prize for the founder 26.1 % – That’s how much the
Bavarian economy grew over
of attotechnologies the last decade. The largest of
any state in Germany, the rise
He works with Theodor Hänsch, who won since 2004. He is also a director of the boosted Bavaria’s GDP to
2005’s Nobel prize for physics. And he’s Garching-based Institute for Quantum € 32,400 per capita – also the
come up with innovations which, like those Optics, which is headed by Hänsch. highest in the country. The
made by Hänsch, are revolutionizing the strength of the state’s econo-
way we view the world. Following in the Krausz’s prize-winning breakthrough: a my induced 426,000 people –
footsteps of Hänsch, he was recently device using ultra-short laser pulses to also a country-wide best mark
awarded the Leibniz prize, the highest hon- track and manipulate atomic particles. The – to migrate to Bavaria from
or in German science. device has a resolution of several hundred other states in Germany during
attoseconds. An attosecond is a billionth of 1994–2004.
Therefore, it’s no wonder that Ferenc a billionth of a second.
Krausz is being touted as Bavaria’s next
Nobel Prize laureate. Developed by Krausz himself, the phase-sta- material processing. The laser was award-
bilized laser used in his device displays an ed a major prize of its own: The association
Born in 1962 in Hungary, Krausz has been a unexcelled precision and uniformity of of the world’s leading scientific journals
professor of experimental physics at operation. These traits have made the laser named it one of the world’s ten most impor-
Munich’s Ludwig-Maximilians University an essential tool for cancer treatment and tant breakthroughs in 2002.
Inside the state
Straubing: what’s new in renewable fuels
On May 31st, Campa Süd made a major deci- good solution to the world’s growing short- Danube-side harbor and the RRR
sion. As one of the leading and one of the age of petroleum. (rail/road/river) freight processing facili-
longest-established (founded in 1992) man- ties and companies located in it, and the
ufacturer of biodiesel in Germany, the That news came on the heels of Compatec’s rich agricultural land surrounding the city.
Ochsenfurt, Bavaria-based company announcement that it would quadruple the
announced that it would build a facility output of its mammoth wood pellet pro- The harbor provides bioenergy companies
turning out 250,000 tons a year of the fuel, cessing complex. Wood pellets are a locally- with quick and inexpensive access to their
which is widely regarded as being a very available, environmentally-friendly and customers. The land is the source of much
highly economic source of energy. of the raw materials processed at the
BioEnergy Park, which is, conveniently
Campa Süd’s new facility will be located in enough, also located in the harbor.
the same place as Compatec’s existing one:
Straubing’s aptly-named BioEnergy Park. Although the projects in Straubing are large,
The 218 hectare-large park is also com- they are dwarfed in size by what’s going on
prised of an incubation center, of a techni- in the south-eastern Bavarian community
cal and start-up services complex (to be of Tacherting. Forming part of Trostberg’s
completed by the end of next year) and of chemical cluster, Tacherting is to be the
fully-developed plots. Two of these have venue of an Austrian-led € 250 million bio-
been taken up by Campa Süd and Compatec. mass heat and power cogeneration plant,
biodiesel and bioethanol production facility
Bayreuth The companies’ choice of Straubing and a wood pellet manufacturing center.
reflects and augments the central Bavarian
town’s rise into one of the world’s centers The expertise in bioenergy amassed in
Regensburg of renewable fuels. This development was Straubing, Tacherting and other Bavarian
initiated by the state government, which communities is finding international appli-
lead-managed the setting up of a Center of cation, as the agreement concluded in
Augsburg Renewable Resources in Straubing. The December, 2005 between Bavaria and Que-
Munich Center has become the node of the city’s bec amply details.
Tacherting burgeoning bioenergy complex.
To prevent global warming – or to palliate
The state government’s selection of Straub- its effects – the agreement fosters the
ing was based on three factors: the suc- development and deployment of biofuels in
Bavaria in Europe cess of a pilot project in the area, the city’s both states and in other regions.
in the News
Bavaria’s automobile industry: performance
from personnel and production technologies
The best personnel + the best production Reaping the benefits of a three-year, € 14 controlled robot handling ultra-delicate
technologies = the best performance. This million skills and equipment upgrading and often dangerous jobs – such as casting
simple equation explains why Bavaria’s program, Audi’s Ingolstadt-based machine – previously undertaken by human beings.
automobile industry is flourishing while tool division won one of Bavarian Quality
others are faltering. Prizes in 2006, which are awarded each Also members of BAIKA are 102 providers of
year to state companies achieving excel- development services and 58 research cen-
In 2005, writing yet another chapter in its lence in their fields of endeavor. The divi- ters. Of the latter, four are located in Upper
book of personal records, the industry had sion, which received a similar honor in Franconia. Situated in the northernmost
sales of € 72 billion, up 1.2% over 2004’s 2004, develops and manufactures the corner of Bavaria, the region is turning itself
stellar result, which itself was 10% greater equipment producing and forming the into a center of automotive engineering.
than that of 2003. Of 2005’s sales, a new chassis and related components going into
high of € 44.3 billion – or 61% – were reg- the automobiles stemming from the com- This development is being impelled by the
istered outside Germany. pany and from Volkswagen, its corporate region’s trumps, which include the avail-
parent. ability of skilled personnel, low operating
For BMW and Audi, Bavaria’s Big Two auto- costs and excellent transport links. The
mobile manufacturers, it was yet another Like BMW, MAN and other state automotive node of this development is Hof’s 156
year of all-time highs including the number manufacturers, Audi doesn’t do it all by hectares-large Automotive Suppliers’ Park.
of cars sold (BMW: 1.3 million, up 10%, and itself in turning out its high-performance, In addition to offering fully-developed plots,
Audi: 829,000, up 6%). And the future looks highly regarded motor vehicles. Found in the Park is home to the Automotive Center
similar. BMW is forecasting to reach the the manufacturers’ factories are the robots Bavaria. Commissioned in 2005, the Center
1.6 million mark by 2010. produced by the Augsburg-based KUKA. One serves as a platform for the development
of the world’s leaders in the field and a pio- and testing of technologies and compo-
In a total lack of coincidence, BMW, Audi neer in the employment of software in nents by companies and institutes.
and the rest of the state’s automotive clus- attaining unexcelled precisions of automa-
ter have been investing heavily in person- tion, KUKA is one of the 1800 companies in For further information on Bavaria’s automobile
nel and facilities. In the first of a six-year, the BAIKA (Bavarian Innovation and Cooper- industry, please contact
€ 10.8 billion program, Audi alone spent ation Initiative for the Automotive Suppliers Ms. Mirjam Eisele, Invest in Bavaria
€ 1.7 billion on human and technical capital Industry) network providing automotive Widenmayerstr. 17, 80538 Munich, Germany
in 2005. As a spate of recently conferred manufacturers with advanced production Tel. (+ 49-89) 24210 7506
awards details, this investment is paying equipment. The latest from KUKA, itself the www.invest-in-bavaria.de and www.baika.de
off handsomely. recipient of numerous prizes, is a joystick-
A state of entrepreneurs
Michael Käfer and his catering empire
The VIPs attending the 2006 World Cup How large the business has become is indi- Munich suburb. The facility includes a
matches and Formula 1 races. Partygoers cated by a few telling facts. Its party service retailing outlet. His Europe-spanning range
at the Oktoberfest. The members of the Ger- division alone caters some 2,000 events a of activities notwithstanding, Michael Käfer
man parliament. Visitors at the trade fair year. These are attended by up to 10,000 is often to be seen in Käfer-Schänke. Locat-
center, theaters and airport in Munich. people each. Much of the food served by ed in Munich’s exclusive Bogenhausen dis-
They all have something in common with Käfer is shipped from a 25,000 square trict, the restaurant is the flagship of
each other, and with Queen Elizabeth II, meter-large facility located in an eastern Käfer’s catering empire.
Michael Jackson and Mikhail Gorbachev.
They relished food provided by Feinkost
Käfer, one of Europe’s leading caterers and Inside technology
delicatessen retailers. Founded as a deli- www.key-technologies-in-bavaria.com
catessen in 1930, the Munich-based compa-
ny has been run since 1992 by third gener- is your free-of-charge link to the best inno- development community. Maintained in
ation scion Michael Käfer. Under his able vation and business partners around: the German and English and updated on a daily
tenure, the company has expanded into a 8,500 companies, institutes, authorities basis, the website’s database is also avail-
€ 95 million-a-year business employing 800 and associations comprising Bavaria’s able on CD-ROM.
people. world-class, 19 sector-strong technology
Pleasures to be pursued Our representative
Cruising Bavaria’s waterways in ...
Europe’s longest waterway is the in Poland is Lars Bosse, who also holds the
Rhine-Main-Danube, which links the position of managing director of the War-
North and Black Seas and runs saw-based German-Polish Chamber of
through Bavaria. Western Europe’s Industry and Commerce. Since earning a
largest body of water is the Lake of degree in Eastern Europe studies, Bosse
Constance. Bavaria has a chunk of has worked in both Poland and Germany in
its northeast corner. the field of facilitating east-west contacts.
From 1998 – 2004, he was director of the
As the waterway and the lake offer international business department and of
some of the most spectacular the Euro Info Center at Leipzig’s chamber of
scenery in the world, it’s no won- commerce and industry
der that the cruise ships and fer-
ries plying their waters are hits For further information:
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its narrowest point, and is com- on the waters of Starnberger See and of International Commercial Property
prised of chalk crags towering 100 Ammersee. The two lakes are located just to Exposition
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It has the dimensions of an inland Lake Tegernsee, just an hour by car from IIT, Media, Communications
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The Chiemsee Now under development, the northern
Sights to be seen
Large expanses of water, moun- Munich suburb of Garching’s € 250 million,
tains rising to the south, charming 230,000 m2-large Business Campus has a Published by: Bavarian Ministry
towns – all of these also apply to great location: right next to that of of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure,
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