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Core regional growth area West Lusatia – space for economic growth

BASF Schwarzheide GmbH

The economic region of West Lusatia is formed by the towns of Finsterwalde, Großräschen, Lauchhammer, Schwarzheide and Senftenberg. The main objective of their cooperation is to create "space for economic growth". The five towns are involved in a number of joint projects and activities in pursuit of this aim. Investors seeking to locate to West Lusatia find excellent conditions and commercial and industrial premises that are directly available.

Rail terminal in Schwarzheide

An excellent infrastructure is in place. Motorways and trunk roads secure connections with and access to Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Cottbus and the neighbouring country of Poland. The rail terminal in Schwarzheide provides goods transporters with transhipment opportunities. Bulky goods can be transported by ship from the river port in Mühlberg. International connections are provided by the airports in Berlin (120 km) and Dresden (50 km).

Tradition, diversity and innovation

The economic and company structure in the core regional growth area of West Lusatia is characterised by tradition, diversity and innovation. The region is home to companies from the traditional metalworking and electrical industries, the energy sector and plastics and chemicals as well as to firms from highly innovative and young branches (such as logistics and media). The economic region of West Lusatia has thus attracted major players, such as the BASF location in Schwarzheide and the wind farm manufacturer Vestas in Lauchhammer. There are also further branches and representative offices of international companies in Finsterwalde, Großräschen and Senftenberg.

Young skilled workers

The economic region of West Lusatia offers a good pool of highly qualified skilled workers. Many are employed in the branches of the future. A new university was born in 2013 out of a merger of the former BTU Cottbus and the Lausitz University of Applied Sciences and has campuses in Cottbus, Cottbus-Sachsendorf, and Senftenberg. Its engineering faculties and courses make it an important partner in terms of securing a supply of young skilled workers. The regional alignment of the university facilitates extensive networking and cooperation with companies. There are further educational and training institutes which provide opportunities at a local level.

The Lusatian Lakes, the largest expanse of artificial lakes in Europe, attractive local recreational and leisure facilities and a diverse range of art and culture all guarantee a high quality of life.

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