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Berlin to go, english edition, 01/2016

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POINT OF VIEW FACTS: Residents: 325,716 Area: 4,493 ha Companies: 9,500 VIBRANT DIVERSITY IN THE SOUTH OF BERLIN Neukölln is a melting pot of cultures. The diverse district is home to people from nearly 160 countries Germany’s federal government has honored Neukölln as a “location of diversity” for its demonstrated commitment to town-twinning activities. This title gets to the heart of the fact that Neukölln, with its roughly 326,000 residents and altogether five distinct urban areas, offers one thing above all: diversity! Among other factors, this reflects the broad spectrum of industries represented by its local companies. Neukölln is among Berlin’s most important industrial districts – a fact attributable to its outstanding access to water and rail networks that have been in place since the start of the 20th century. Neukölln also enjoys excellent infrastructure and a quick and direct connection to Berlin Brandenburg Airport via the new A 113 highway, which leads from Dreieck Neukölln, past Schönefeld and to the southern stretch of Berlin’s outer highway ring. In recent years, cultural and creative industries in Neukölln have been booming. Broad spectrum of industries Neukölln’s commercial and industrial landscape comprises a wide range of sectors – from traditional businesses to innovative and creative firms. While BIOTRONIK, Kraft Foods, Philip Morris, PUK-Werke and Viessmann-Werke are a few of the large corporations headquartered in Neukölln, the district is also home to a multitude of small and medium-sized companies. A total of nearly 9,500 businesses in Neukölln provide more than 50,000 jobs subject to social security contributions. The corporate network Neukölln-Südring e. V. represents the interests of companies active in Neukölln. Neukölln’s deep structural transformation over the past 15 years has made companies in the district modern, competitive and highly productive. Classic industrial firms are able to network with high-tech companies and service providers; grounds formerly used for production have been transformed into facilities for logistics and production-related services. Companies in Neukölln can cooperate closely with Science and Technology Park Berlin-Adlershof which focuses on the research, development and marketing of cutting-edge tech- nologies. After fifteen years of profound structural change, Neukölln has become a modern, innovative and competitive location for successful companies, industry, trade/crafts and services. In recent years, worldwide leading companies have located here. While traditional sectors like the electronics industry, automotive technologies, engineering, control systems engineering, foodstuffs and luxury foods are closely tied to Neukölln, the chemical-pharmaceutical industry, with firms such as B. Braun Melsungen, has a foothold in the district as well. Neukölln is also known for its retail stores and services; Gropius-Passagen is Berlin’s largest shopping center and Estrel Berlin is the largest hotel complex in Germany. Neukölln comprises a total of 307 hectares of commercial space. The districts four industrial parks – Teltowkanal-Süd, Grenzallee, Nördliche Sonnenallee and Kanalstraße – host a full range of commercial uses, from industrial production to modern, single-person office space. Photos: ArTo -,iStock/ Holger Mette 30 BERLIN TO GO

POINT OF VIEW NEUKÖLLN BRITZ An overview of Neukölln’s location advantages BUCKOW BUCKOW GROPIUS- STADT RUDOW • Close relations with Science and Technology Park Berlin-Adlershof • Excellent infrastructure • Close proximity to the airport • Teltow Canal, harbors • Connections to the A 100 and A 113 • Cultural diversity; residents from 160 countries Photos: iSTock/ Armin Staudt, juergen2008 ; Jörg A. Klitscher, Uwe Mahnke - Hidden Champion Every year, more than 2,500 km of cable ducts leave the grounds of PUK-Werke in Neukölln. If laid in a straight line, this much cable would stretch from Neukölln to Lisbon and then 400 km further out into the Atlantic. As one of PUK-Werke’s three managing directors, Dr. Stefan Romberg leads a company that has undoubtedly earned the label “Hidden champion.” PUK is a traditional, medium-sized company formed in 1969 from the merger of Hermann Pohl OHG and Anton Klein OHG. Both parent companies began their success stories manufacturing cable clamps, products still known today as “Pohl clamps” and “KSV clamps.” PUK now offers a product line that includes new, patented solutions for underfloor systems. New momentum from the creative scene For several years, the creative and cultural industries in Neukölln have been undergoing a dynamic shift, giving new momentum to urban development and industry. Individual regions, particularly in the northern part of the district, where socially based neighborhood management programs have been established, are experiencing a boom. Examples include the areas around Reuterstraße and Weserstraße, which have become trendy neighborhoods, the region around Schillerpromenade near the former Tempelhof Airport, the neighborhood comprising Richardplatz and, finally, Körnerpark, which is increasingly attracting young creative professionals, students and artists. The result is a new series of projects and initiatives, including new studios, shops, galleries and venues that are forever changing the face of Neukölln. Neukölln is also home to an active startup scene. In 2013, its 51 startups per 100 existing companies made it the Berlin district with the highest concentration of new businesses, especially in the sectors of information and communications technology as well as freelance, technical and scientific services. BERLIN TO GO 31

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