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Berlin to go, english edition 1/2015

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NEWS TO GO “Going Local Berlin” – our most popular app Although “Going Local Berlin” was launched just a few weeks ago, this new mobile travel companion from visitBerlin has already been downloaded 10,000 times. The app contains more than 600 personal tips on Berlin‘s 60 diverse neighborhoods. In addition, the app offers one tour per district, available as a video which provides glimpses of the atmosphere in the respective part of the city. What really makes the app special is that it lets users submit their own tips and other information to visitBerlin. The free app is available for Android and iOS devices (smartphones & tablets) in the App Store and at Google Play or from It can also be used offline. A strong year for the Berlin economy Berlin‘s economy is booming – as the growth figures published by the Statistical Office for Berlin-Brandenburg show. According to the report, the capital city’s gross domestic product increased by 2.2 % in 2014. Berlin keeps catching up, clearly surpassing the national average for growth (1.6 %) and posting the second best performance of all the German states, just behind Baden-Württemberg. As the Senator for Economics, Cornelia Yzer, has said: “Berlin‘s economy is on the right track and companies across all sectors are optimally positioned. Whether its manufacturing, industry, construction or the service sector, Exports up three percent In 2014, exports from Berlin increased by almost 3 percent compared to the previous year. Overall, exports grew by 382 million euros to a total of 13.3 billion euros. With an export volume of 1.5 billion euros the USA were again the most important export country for products made in Berlin. France, which was Berlin’s second-largest trading partner in 2013, is now in third place (at 802 million euros) after Poland, where goods worth 918 million euros were delivered. Along with pharmaceutical products (exports worth 1.3 billion euros), equipment for generating and distributing electricity (1.2 billion euros) and machines (1.0 billion euros) are among the traditionally strong Berlin export products. which includes retail, transportation and tourism, as well as in the digital economy and the healthcare industry: all major growth sectors showed profits in 2014. Berlin continues to focus on a wide range of growth industries.” The Office of Economics expects current year growth to remain well above the national average, and has revised its forecast upwards, from 1.7 % to 2.2 %. photos: andersphoto -; iStock/hxdyl; tang90246 - 8 BERLIN TO GO

NEWS TO GO Investment boost for industry Companies are investing more than ever in Berlin: This is firmed by the 2014 balance sheet of Berlin Partner for Bu- consiness and Technology. Berlin Partner gave support to a total of 234 projects that will generate 5,670 new jobs over the next three years, with capital expenditure totalling 579 million euros. With an increase of around 200 million euros compared to 2013, the total volume of investment exceeds all previous records. Taking into consideration investments across all clusters and industries, 4 out of every 5 euros from projects supported by Berlin Partner flow into industry – a total of around 480 million euros. Berlin industry rocks Just how diverse, modern and innovative Berlin’s manufacturing sector actually is can be seen in a series of animated films made for the “be Berlin” industry campaign, produced in cooperation with 15 industrial companies in Berlin. Each of the short animated films is dedicated to one of the campaign’s partner companies. The background music for each of the spots is a customized remix of the song “Berlin” by the Berlin-based band Bollmer. The 15 remixes were created in cooperation with Universal Music and in close collaboration with 15 musicians and labels. All the animated films can be found at Bombardier Transportation photos: lily -; iStock/johnbloor; Platform for innovation The goal of the new collaborative platform, developed by Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, Handwerkskammer Berlin and the IHK Berlin, is to create digital networks between science and industry. The portal is devided into twelve areas of innovation, each highlighting projects being conducted by companies and research institutions that are in need of partners – ranging from theses to large-scale research projects. The purpose is to provide small and medium-sized companies in particular with a platform to describe their work. It also aims at promoting application orientation in research by making it easier for research institutes to find commercial partners. LASERLINE Druckzentrum Jonas & Redmann BERLIN TO GO 9

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