with great innovative potential, dynamic progress and tradtion
On the coast, shipbuilding, port management, and fishing have contributed to the prosperity of the region for centuries. In the course of structural change, the industries have developed and expanded. The yards are nowmore focused on special-purpose shipbuilding. The large network of high-performance, maritime service providers and suppliers continues to exist, but has also spread to other industries, such as architecture, renewable energy, and offshore industry.
The sea and its climate are also the main advantages for the tourism and health economy. They set many trends in Germany. The food industry is traditionally strong in sales and continues to grow, with the proportion of organically produced food being exemplary.
In selected areas - especially in medicine and alternative energy production - Western Pomerania stands for top international research. The scientific institutions of the region, with their infrastructure and know-how, create important foundations for entrepreneurial innovation. And of course they also train qualified young talent. For example, technical specialists have always been one of the trademarks of the region.
In addition to large commercial areas such as the Pommern triangle between Stralsund, Greifswald and Grimmen, and the commercial and industrial park Berlin-Szczecin in Pasewalk, there are also extensive areas and development opportunities for investors near the harbour.
Crafts and SMEs form the economic backbone of the country and open up alternative paths to entrepreneurial independence for successor candidates.
- food industry
New ideas sprout and organic share is growing
The food industry of Western Pomerania is on course for growth. It is the strongest manufacturing industry and generates one third of
all sales. Rising exports show that food products are also competitive abroad. With 1,300 eco-certified companies and 13% of agricultural land, MV is one of the nation‘s leading companies. The healthy climate also benefits organic quality.
- maritime economy
From the traditional boat to the mega cruise liner
For centuries coastal boats and ships have been built in Vorpommern. Today, the maritime economy, with its newbuilding and repair yards, ports, yacht and boat builders, as well as maritime suppliers and service providers, is still one of the main regional sectors.
- machine and metal construction
Specialists and know-how for steel plants
The facets in machine and metal construction in the region of Western Pomerania range from highly specialised steel forming to plant
construction and the manual production of stairs and gates.
Numerous small and medium-sized craft and industrial companies
in the fields of architecture, energy technology, mechanical and plant engineering and vehicle technology strengthen the industrial backbone and the maritime sector of the region. They are highly specialised and firmly anchored in international markets.
- energy industry
New energy for a safe world of tomorrow
MV is the first federal state in the energy industry to produce more electrical energy from renewable sources than it consumes itself. Sun, wind and biomass are also abundant here. All offshore wind farms in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are located off the coast of Vorpommern.
Research institutes are among the pioneers of innovative concepts in the use of biomass. It is less well known that research is being conducted here on other alternative sources of electricity at the highest international level - for example in the world‘s largest stellarator fusion plant. The Wendelstein 7-X of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics is finding out how the Sun‘s principles can be used to generate energy
- crafts and trade
Companies with regional roots and fresh solutions
In crafts and trade, traditions from the Hanseatic period meet new ideas and creative implementations. Many companies are
family-run and closely connected to both their locations and their employees. Regional factories and craft industries produce healthy food, provide health, energy and mobility services or are active in the construction and supply industries. The services
range from chalk and algae cosmetics, craft beer and veggie products to thatched roofer and the traditional boat builder.
- health economy
Networked worldwide for plasma, proteins and potentials
Western Pomerania‘s health economy is one of the most modern and efficient in Europe and one of the most important economic fields in the region. More than 30,000 employees work in primary care, nursing and rehabilitation as well as wellness and research.
Both the pharmaceutical and life science industries are developing dynamically. Proximity to regional science institutions facilitates cooperation in research and development projects
- traffic infrastructure
Powerful hub for Europe‘s northeast
For goods flows to and from Northern and Eastern Europe, Western Pomerania is an important logistics hub due to its central location in the Baltic Sea region. The metropolises Berlin and Hamburg, as well as Szczecin in Poland, can be reached quickly.
The modern traffic infrastructure includes well-developed motorways, federal highways and ICE connections as well as a network of ports. Added to these are the airports in Rostock-Laage, Stralsund-Barth and Heringsdorf on Usedom. The ports
in Western Pomerania are an important interface between production, logistics, port management and sales.
Top position in health tourism
The Baltic Sea coast with the islands of Rügen and Usedom, with 1,300 km of beach and the varied foreshore, is one of the most attractive tourist regions in Germany. The tourist infrastructure with hotels, holiday homes, guesthouses, youth hostels and camping sites is correspondingly well developed. The offers range from accommodation for dog lovers to top hotels in the upper price segment.
Health tourism is one of the up-and-coming sectors of Western Pomerania, with great potential for the future. The country clearly benefits from its natural conditions and the quality of life away from the big cities. Networks and tourism associations are contributing to the further growth of health tourism as a qualitative trademark.
Free anchorages for startups and creative ideas
Digitalization will enable small and medium-sized enterprises in particular to position themselves on the market with new applications and services. People with business ideas and the intention to become self-employed, but also start-ups and young companies will find strong networks, a lot of free space and a well-functioning infrastructure in Western Pomerania. For example, new coworking spaces and innovation centers promote creativity and cooperation.
High Tech with over 550 years of tradition
Top research exists in Western Pomerania in the fields of life sciences, medicine and veterinary medicine, neurosciences, oncology, molecular biology, medical technology and plasma physics.
The University of Greifswald, founded in 1456, is one of the oldest in Europe and one of the most popular in Germany. Medical studies have occupied top positions in nationwide university rankings for many years. There are close cooperations with companies at the University of Stralsund.
The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute for Animal Health is one of the world‘s leading animal disease institutes, dealing with pandemic hazards such as avian flu, and at the largest non-university research institute for low-temperature plasmas in Europe, the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology eV, plasma processes in the field of materials , energy, environment and health are researched in practice. The services range from chalk and algae cosmetics, craft beer and veggie products to thatched roofer and the traditional boat builder.