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Optical Analytics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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8 Facts & Figures: Optical Analytics in Berlin-Brandenburg 2 Facts & Figures: Optical Analytics in Berlin- Brandenburg Structure and Main Applications In all, 55 manufacturing companies in Berlin-Brandenburg were allocated to the focal area of optical analytics. 48 of which are in Berlin and 7 of which are in Brandenburg. In the science sector, 5 institutions of higher education and 17 non-university research institutions have activities in the sector, a total of 6 in Brandenburg and 16 in Berlin. Three of the companies have more than 250 employees in Berlin and Brandenburg: Berliner Glas, Hach Lange and First Sensor. A further 10 companies have between 50 and 250 employees in the region, 16 have fewer than 10 employees.Optical analytics has a long tradition in the capital region (see chapter 3). However, 10 of the 55 companies were created in the last 10 years and are therefore considered start-ups. The most recent example of which is PDW Analytics from Potsdam, founded in 2014. These companies tend to focus on dynamic application branches such as bioanalytics or process measuring technology. Along with environmental analysis, these are the most frequently addressed areas of application (see fig. 1). Revenue and Employment Development Revenue of the Berlin-Brandenburg companies increased from 2004 to 2014 from about 266 to about 608 million euros, representing an average annual growth of more than 12% (see fig. 2). For 2014, the surveyed companies expected a moderate 5% increase in revenue. The number of employees in Berlin and Brandenburg increased from 1,730 in 2004 to 3,170 in 2014. This means that 1,440 new jobs were created in the last 10 years in the sector. The expected employment growth in Process Measurement Technology Environmental Analytics Astronomy und Aerospace 50 40 30 20 10 Bioanalytics Safety Technology Thin Film Analysis Figure 1: Percentage distribution of the main applications of companies in the optical analytics focal area in Berlin and Brandenburg (contains allocations to more than one). Source: Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, own survey 2014 is just under 4%. Revenue per employee increased from 153,800 to 191,800 euros between 2004 and 2014. Despite the increased need for employees made necessary by growth, a shortage of skilled workers is not a pressing problem for the companies surveyed (see fig. 3). When recruiting employees, the companies seem to benefit not least from the wealth of training opportunities (see chapter 6) as well as from the attractive living conditions in the capital region. The skilled worker situation is considered slightly worse for research institutions. One possible reason could be due to the compensation restrictions of publicly funded facilities that make it difficult for schools and institutes to compete with the salaries paid in the market 800 700 3,5 3,0 Revenue in million Euro 600 2,5 500 2,0 400 1,5 300 200 1,0 100 0,5 0 0 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014* Revenue Employees * Forecast Number of employees (in thousand) Figure 2: Revenue and employment development in the optical analytics focal area in Berlin and Brandenburg. Source: MARKUS; Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, own survey

Facts & Figures: Optical Analytics in Berlin-Brandenburg 9 disagree We are affected by a lack of skilled workers! I completely… Companies Research institutions agree Figure 3: Evaluation of the shortage of skilled workers Source: Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, own survey or, in part, for top researchers in other countries. The surveyed companies’ and research institutions’ assessment of the current business situation supports the positive conclusion and is consistently positive (see fig. 4). 58.8% of participants assess their situation positively; there were no negative evaluations. very good (17,6%) rather good (41,2%) neutral (41,2%) rather bad (0%) very bad (0%) Figure 4: Assessment of the current business situation in 2014 Source: Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, own survey Industrial Research and Development Optical technologies are among the research and knowledge-intensive industries. Germany is playing a leading role in global competition, which is in particular based on a knowledge and technology lead over other economies. In order to maintain this competitive position, companies invest an above average amount in research and development. The Berlin-Brandenburg optical analytics companies have invested nearly 17% of their revenue on average in 2013 on applications and personnel in research and development. The willingness to continue to invest in developing new products and improving existing products is also shown. Nearly half of the surveyed companies assume that their investment in research and development will increase in the coming years. Only 5.9% expect a slight decline (see fig. 5). Foreign Trade High export quotas are another feature of high-tech industries. Although Germany is, for the most part, the most important sales market for the Berlin-Brandenburg optical analytics companies’ products, 56% of revenue in 2013 was generated abroad. 41.7% of the surveyed companies expect the export rate to increase. On the other hand, 11.8% expect the export rate to decline (see fig. 6). Figure 7 provides an overview of how the companies assess the relevance of geographic sales and procurement markets. The most important sales markets are Germany, Western Europe and North America. The most important procurement markets are the German-speaking countries. These structures are not expected to vary much in the next few years. It is also striking that in Berlin-Brandenburg, as well as throughout Germany, the significance as procurement market outweighs the significance as sales market, including in regions that are traditionally associated with the procurement of cheaper components. One reason for this may be that in the high-tech sector, supplier relationships in particular are easier to manage due to their complexity within a legally and culturally unified system and are thus more attractive despite higher costs. This thesis is supported by the research institutions’ assessment, which is represented by the gray column. The significance of Berlin-Brandenburg as the location of cooperation partners for research institutions is assessed nearly as highly as the significance of the rest of Germany. Other regions, however, are far behind. highly increasing (17,6%) slightly increasing (29,4%) constant (47,1%) slightly decreasing (5,9%) highly decreasing (0%) Figure 5: Assessment of the development of R&D investments in the coming years (as of 2014) Source: Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, own survey highly increasing (0%) slightly increasing (41,2%) constant (47,1%) slightly decreasing (5,9%) highly decreasing (5,9%) Figure 6: Assessment of the development of the export rate in the coming years (as of 2014) Source: Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, own survey

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