The Local Economy

The economy of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region

Their convenient location in northern Germany, the second-largest port in Europe, and the largest marshalling yard in the world (in Maschen) make Hamburg and the surrounding districts what they are: one of the economically strongest metropolitan regions in Germany.

The vibrant business location is characterised by the port & logistics, food and aerospace industries. While the former industries are the region’s top employers, the Hamburg Metropolitan Region is the world’s third-largest location for the aerospace industry when measured in terms of employee numbers. In addition to other key industries, such as life science technology, the food industry also plays a vital role.

Cross-industry and innovative concepts within its core areas of competence, such as carbon fibre composites (CFRPs), also contribute to the region’s success.

Factors behind the economic success of the South Elbe Region

In addition to aircraft construction, the South Elbe Region also has innovative companies and promising developments to offer. Together, the three districts of Harburg, Stade and Lüneburg make up a lively business location with a good transport infrastructure and high value creation. In addition, there are several positive local conditions. To list just a few examples, there is good infrastructure, attractively located commercial and logistics sites, and an extensive range of economic and regional development opportunities.

What’s more, a diversified research and training landscape, a strong regional economy characterised by small and medium-sized enterprises, and a committed and innovative partnership between local authorities and the private sector put the South Elbe Region on a solid footing for the future.