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Berlin to go, english edition, 02/2016

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LOCATION HIGH-TECH AND INNOVATION FROM THE MIDDLE OF BERLIN Technologie-Park Humboldthain is generating diverse synergies through the cooperation of industry and science Technologie-Park Humboldthain (TPH) – one of Germany’s first technology parks – is one of Berlin’s Zukunftsorte (growth areas) combining the industrial tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries with the cutting-edge technology of the future, while offering the perfect conditions for cooperation between industry, science and research. Humboldthain was the setting for a piece of Berlin’s industrial history. The historic AEG factory building on Ackerstraße and the AEG turbine hall by Peter Behrens on Gustav-Meyer-Allee still bear testament to Berlin’s achievements as it rose to become an industrial metropolis at the end of the 19th century. World War II also left its mark on this location, although the site suffered only minimal war damage. In the 1960s and 1970s, its commercial importance increasingly lost traction until new location concepts were developed and implemented to give the large site a new purpose. Nixdorf, a Paderbornbased computer manufacturer, had large swathes of the surviving historical buildings demolished in and around Brunnenstraße in order to install its computer production facilities there in a modern glass palace. This building complex is currently in use by BankenService, a subsidiary of Landesbank Berlin. The area received a significant boost when the Berliner Innovations- und Gründerzentrum (BIG) was established in the old AEG factory. BIG – a joint project of TU Berlin and the Federal State of Berlin, and represented by the GSG (Gewerbesiedlungs-Gesellschaft) – was Germany’s first technology and business incubator. Here – in the immediate vicinity of the wall separating the two halves of the divided city – lay an innovation laboratory set on uniting technology, science and industry at one location. After reunification, Technologie-Park Humboldthain, formerly situated at the edge of West Berlin, suddenly found itself in the center of Berlin – without even having to move. To further promote the location, a network was founded on 17 October 2012 comprising a community of locally resident companies and research institutions. Just as before, the former AEG factory grounds – now under landmark protection – are the prominent focal point of the location, where 165 companies are currently established with qualitatively premium products and services, including the Fraunhofer Institute (IZM), the University of Applied Sciences for Media, Communication and Management (HMKW) and more than 22 research institutes at TU Berlin’s Campus Wedding. The cohabitation and cooperation of industry and science fosters a culture of technology transfer able to attract new companies looking to settle here, especially those in technology- or industry-related fields. Above all, TPH is populated with leading-edge technology companies and renowned institutions for research and science in the sectors and clusters of automotive and transport technology, mobility, building technology, energy and environment technologies as well as microsystem and automation technology. Everyone together uses Technologie-Park Humboldthain as a location for exchange and the development of synergies; this is where new ideas meet established entrepreneurs, making the Zukunftsort in the middle of Berlin an established location for evolution. at Things to know about Technologie-Park Humboldthain • 25 hectares of total area on the former AEG factory grounds • ca. 320,000 m2 of usable commercial space • Germany’s first business incubator (1983) • 165 resident companies • Research and science location: 22 institutes of TU Berlin, the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM • Leading-edge technology companies from the clusters/ sectors of automotive technology, electronics, building technology, energy and environment technologies as well as microsystem and automation technology, information technology, media, printing, biotechnology, medical technology and healthcare technology • Good opportunities for technology transfers through the cooperation of industry and science Photo: TPH 22 BERLIN TO GO

LOCATION The diverse range of projects and solutions found in and around the old AEG factory halls demonstrates just how fruitful this network of science and industry is Organobalance – Developing Protective Microbial Shields Since 2001, the biotechnology company has been tapping the wholesome effects of lactobacilli and yeasts for new applications while developing probiotic bacterial cultures and yeast production strains for industrial biotechnology. This includes the filtering of micro-organisms that establish a protective microbial shield and help counterbalance irregularities. Organobalance uses a unique collection of strains comprising yeast and lactobacilli cultures that date back to the 1920s. Photos: Organo Balance, Specs, Massivbau / TU Berlin, LASERLINE / Daniel Isbrecht, Intellic Surface Analytics to Keep Pace with the Times Specs Surface Nano Analysis GmbH is a leading manufacturer of components and individualized systems for nanotechnology, material science and related disciplines. Their solutions, such as the Phoibos electron analyzer and the STM 150 Aarhus scanning probe microscope, benefit not only Berlin’s research institutions; institutes and universities the world over also make use of Specs products. One current highlight from the innovation incubator is EnviroESCA, which enables research on material surfaces under real operating conditions. Laserline – Innovations in Quality, Environmental Protection and Service From its headquarters in Wedding, Laserline has been fueling the printing trade with dynamism for 20 years. Over ten million printing products can be ordered online from its Berlin printing center. Specializing in commercial and advertising products, Laserline produces classic offset and digitally printed material as well as state-of-the-art printing technology. And it offers everything from template production to end-product enhancement – all from under one roof. Laserline is one of the first global printing houses to operate on a fully climate-neutral basis; every last mouse click in the online shop is compensated for. Mecca for Concrete Constructors and Bridge Builders Those interested in concrete construction or bridge building are sure to have heard of the TU Institute for Conceptual and Structural Design. Professor Dr. Mike Schlaich has been teaching here since 2004. He and his colleagues have realized suspension bridges and support structures all over the world, such as the Ting Kau Bridge in Hong Kong, Berlin Central Station, the airport terminal in Dusseldorf and the trade fair center in Hanover. His team is currently planning the support structure for a massive sculpture in the desert of Abu Dhabi made from 410,000 oil drums; Christo – the wrap artist – already has plans to envelop it. Intellic – The Digital Tachometer for Europe Intellic GmbH, specializing in products and services related to intelligent transportation technology systems, has won over the European transport market – as both a manufacturer and service provider – with its Digital Tachograph Efas. The digital tachometer charts all legally certifiable driving times, rest periods, driving interruptions, kilometers driven and speed. BERLIN TO GO 23

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