Business, world-class research and technology
Karlsruhe: The ideal climate for growth
A healthy mix of multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. A well-balanced cross-section of sectors with a high proportion of next-generation technologies.
Research and development right on the doorstep. A highly skilled workforce. Excellent support for start-ups, committed business development agencies and efficient networks. All this goes to make the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion one of the most attractive business locations in Europe.
Business, world-class research and technology on the one hand, and culture and lifestyle on the other: it is this combination that truly sets the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion apart. A wonderful natural landscape, many hours of sunshine, research institutions of world renown, innovative companies, high-calibre cultural facilities and excellent road, rail and air links: all of these factors go to make the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion a great place to live and work.
Economic strength: The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion is one of the strongest economic regions in Europe, with a gross domestic product per inhabitant well above the EU average. Efficient regional networks and clusters in industries such as energy, nanotechnology, automotive and information and communication technology generate competitive advantages.
The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion in numbers:
- Population: around 1,300,000
- Area: 3,240 km2
- 70,266 Chamber of Industry and Commerce member companies
- Number of employees paying compulsory social security contributions in 2008: 456,133
- In 2008 there were 128,890 employees in 163 industrial professions and a total of 13,138 apprenticeships
- GDP 2007: €41.896 billion
- Purchasing power per capita: €20,367, total: €25,234,700,000 (2009 figures)
Eleven cities and towns, four administrative districts and a regional association make up the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion Action Group. Baden-Baden, Bretten, Bruchsal, Bühl, Ettlingen, Gaggenau, Karlsruhe, Rastatt, Rheinstetten, Stutensee, Waghäusel, the administrative districts of Karlsruhe, Rastatt, Germersheim and Südliche Weinstrasse, and the Regional Planning Association Middle Upper Rhine. In the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion, business, science, culture and administration work closely to package and boost their resources with the aim of keeping one step ahead in the competition between the regions.