The German economy is undergoing a period of upheaval. The automotive industry is
investing billions in developing new powertrain technologies and mobility services, while
manufacturing industries and mechanical engineering are becoming greener and more
sustainable. Following the phase-out of nuclear power, by 2038 brown coal will no longer be used
for electricity generation and priority is being given to developing renewable energy sources.
And importantly, digitalization is making its way into almost all areas of our lives. And as if all of this weren’t exciting enough, 2020 will go down in history as the year of the coronavirus pandemic. The virus is not only putting businesses and jobs at risk, it is also speeding up some development processes.
NEW MOBILITY IN SAXONY-ANHALTIKAM GmbH provides powertrain,measurement and testing systemsfor electric vehicles.OSTFALENTECHNOLOGY PARKIN FIGURES:TOTAL AREA(HECTARES):275COMPANIESON SITE:140JOBS:2,300“In order to manufacture fuel cells on a largescale, we need a breakthrough in volumeproduction. The research in this area involvesa high level of risk and no one can say for certainwhen these systems will become widelyestablished on the market,” explains Dr StefanSchünemann, managing director of IKAMGmbH and coordinator of the BiS-Net. He alsoemphasizes that: “Nevertheless, we want tohelp companies to prepare for this with pilotproduction runs and prototypes so that theycan gain important experience in this areaand move into new markets. We also want totransfer knowledge into other areas, such asthe cooling systems for batteries.”In future years, Saxony-Anhalt’s Ministryof Economy intends to turn the Magdeburg-Barlebenregion into an electric mobilitycampus. The aim is to provide the impetus forautomotive industry suppliers to make thestructural changeover to electric mobility. TheMinistry of Economy is making around 31 millioneuros available for the creation of a newCenter for Method Development (CMD) at theOtto von Guericke University Magdeburg. Thecenter, which is expected to open in 2022, willhouse ultra-modern test rigs where researchcan be carried out into solutions that will makethe engineering development processes in theautomotive industry more efficient.The Japanese HORIBA Group is also investingin the expansion of its site in Barleben. Amongother things, HORIBA is one of the world’sleading suppliers of test systems for fuel cells,batteries and electrolyzers. Barleben will infuture be the home of the group’s global centerof excellence for fuel cells and batteries. The 5G– Industrial Working & Co-Working for Medium-SizedBusinesses initiative, which is fundedby the federal government and Saxony-Anhalt’sMinistry of Economy, also makes the OstfalenTechnology Park into an ideal location for research,production and sales. The initiative is a5G test environment for medium-sized industrialcompanies which will lay the foundations forthe development of a local 5G environment forindustrial use. “With its Innovation and Start-UpCenter, the technology park has seen the emergenceof a number of highly innovative companiesover the years and has become an importantcontributor to the economy of the northern partof Saxony-Anhalt,” says Minister for Economy,Professor Dr Armin Willingmann.igz-md.deikam-md.debis-net.detpo.deManaging director of IGZ,Dr Stefan Schünemann.From a nichemarket to theglobal marketHORIBA FuelCon develops andmanufactures test systems for fuelcells and batteries in Magdeburg-Barleben10 11