Schnackenburgallee industrial and business area 

Hamburg’s second largest business area

The Schnackenburgallee industrial and business area is the only contiguous industry location in the west of Hamburg. Featuring renowned production companies as well as major supply and disposal companies, the location ensures easy access to the city centre and thus contributes to reducing commercial traffic. The location is also home to a large number of industrial yards with medium-sized enterprises that offer industry-related services and provide for the municipality at large.

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Key figures

Total size of the location: 277 ha

Companies located here: 770

Gainfully employed individuals: 16,523

Total revenue of all companies: € 5,184,938,000 

Locational benefits of the Schnackenburgallee area

Maintenance of rail vehicles

With its central location close to the Deutsche Bahn tracks, the area offers prime conditions for the manufacture and maintenance of trains. Here at the Hamburg-Eidelstedt railway depot, the ICE 1 and ICE 4 models are maintained. The 450-metre-long hall comprises eight elevated tracks for the simultaneous maintenance of express trains. The inspection of the most important components takes only about 1.5 hours per train. S-Bahn trains, which are also part of Deutsche Bahn, are maintained in the green Stellingen maintenance depot, a 160-metre-long hall that allows for the simultaneous upkeep and repair of trains across four different tracks and eight work stands – seven days a week, around the clock. At the facility, a photovoltaic system is used to generate electricity, ensuring total self-sufficiency in the summer months. Other than that, S-Bahn Hamburg relies exclusively on green electricity here.

Manufacturers with world repute

The grand pianos of Steinway & Sons can be found in sitting rooms, concert halls and conservatories around the world. At the Hamburg site, these iconic grand pianos are made by hand involving numerous steps. This process can be experienced as part of a guided tour around the factory and via a video documentation. Another traditional, high-profile company at the location is Montblanc. Completed in 2022, the Montblanc House in Hamburg provides insights into the company’s world-renowned writing instrument collection past and present, including e.g. original handwritings of greats such as Ernest Hemingway, Frida Kahlo and Jackie Chan. More than 410 writing instruments are on display here, from historic fountain pens to the latest models. In addition, two public guided tours of the plant are available each month.

Development concept for the district

The year 2021 saw the completion of a sustainable development concept for the Schnackenburgallee industrial and business area as part of a broad-based development and participation process. The project comprises a report presenting the findings of the preceding location analysis as well as a catalogue of prospective measures in the fields of revaluation, performance increase and climate protection. One of these measures includes the establishment of a local business network. To this end, a first “location forum” took place in April 2022 at the premises of a local company. The development concept was created by a public-private consortium that includes the district authorities of Altona and Eimsbüttel as well as ZEBAU GmbH, Averdung Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH and BPW Stadtentwicklung.

Centre for Resources & Energy

One of the current developments at the Schnackenburgallee location includes the Centre for Resources and Energy (ZRE). Scheduled to be completed in 2025, it will be one of Germany’s first plants to include a sorting facility for household waste alongside a thermal recycling (i.e. waste incineration) facility. Once fully operational, the ZRE complex is  expected to treat about 323,000 tonnes of waste annually, including about 145,000 tonnes of household waste. As of 2025, Stadtreinigung Hamburg will thus operate a total of three waste recycling plants to ensure municipal waste disposal security also in the long term. The non-recyclable share of the waste delivered goes to thermal recycling. The plant is flexible enough to extract up to 75 MW of district heating in winter and up to 23 MW of electrical power in summer. In addition, 5 MW of heat will be recovered from the hot waste gas streams of the two incineration lines all year round. In future, the ZRE is to supply more than 40,000 households with electricity and around 39,000 households with heat per year. 

Impressions from Schnackenburgallee 

Thematic maps of Schnackenburgallee

Infographic on traffic links in the Schnackenburgallee industrial area


Schnackenburgallee offers easy supra-regional access and has a direct connection to the A7 motorway. The city centre of Hamburg can be reached in approx. 20 minutes, and Hamburg Airport can be reached in approx. 15 minutes by car.

Infographic on standard land values in the Schnackenburgallee industrial area

Standard land values

The standard land value signifies the average value for a certain zone in a given municipal area. In the Schnackenburgallee commercial area, the standard land value is between € 440 and € 520 per square metre.

Infographic on hazardous operations in the Schnackenburgallee industrial area

Hazardous operations at the location

Among the many companies in Hamburg are some that handle large quantities of hazardous substances. This means that, in the event of an incident, safety risks to the neighbourhood cannot be ruled out entirely. The Schnackenburgallee location is home to less than five companies of this type. 

Schnackenburgallee: selected company profiles


Established in 1969, Oticon GmbH is the German subsidiary of Danish hearing aid manufacturer Oticon A/S. Ever since 1904 – when the first electronic hearing aid was invented – the parent company has been working towards creating a world where hearing loss doesn’t limit anyone. Today, Oticon develops technology that has the power to changes lives and is the world’s only hearing aid manufacturer with its own research centre. To optimise its hearing systems further and to provide each customer with the best possible solution, Oticon is engaged in ongoing dialogue with users, researchers, engineers and hearing care professionals. With over 7,000 employees in over 100 countries, Oticon is one of the world's largest manufacturers of digital hearing systems.

Löwenstein Medical Technology

Löwenstein Medical Technology GmbH & Co. KG has decades of experience and expertise in the development, production and distribution of life-sustaining medical technology. In addition to Löwenstein Medical Technology, the Löwenstein Group further includes Löwenstein Medical as well as Löwenstein Medical Innovation. Löwenstein Medical is a manufacturer and distributor of high-end medical products with a core business focus on neonatology, anaesthesia, sleep medicine and respiratory therapy. Products here include e.g. anaesthesia equipment and respiratory masks as well as equipment for out-of-hospital and intensive care ventilation.

Sika Automotive 

Sika Automotive Hamburg GmbH is a specialty chemicals company as well as a leading innovator and supplier of bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing and protecting solutions for the construction and manufacturing industries. Sika Automotive is a globally active, established partner to the automotive and supplier industry. The company is a subsidiary of Switzerland-based Sika AG. With a workforce of 270 employees, the Hamburg branch serves as the European head office for the automotive market segment. Through its subsidiaries, Sika is present in 101 countries worldwide, including over 200 production sites and more than 20,000 staff in total.

Crisp Malt

Crisp Malt GmbH, formerly GlobalMalt, is one of the leading malting groups in Germany, with malting sites e.g. in Hamburg and Poland. The company’s malting capacity amounts to approx. 190,000 tonnes annually. GlobalMalt was founded in 2000 as a joint venture between two partners, Schill Malz GmbH & Co. KG and Tivoli Malz GmbH. In 2011, Tivoli Malz acquired its partner’s company shares and is now the sole owner of the group. Tivoli Malz was founded in 1922 by Richard Eisenbeiss through the purchase of the former Tivoli brewery in Hamburg-Eidelstedt. The Eisenbeiss family later also had a major stake in Holsten, the traditional Hamburg brewery. The parent company, Crisp, is based in the UK.


Montblanc has been supplying high-end writing instruments since 1906. Over time, the product range of Montblanc International GmbH was expanded to also include selected leather goods, watches and electronic items, such as valuable headphones. Montblanc combines the finest European craftsmanship with iconic designs. The company has a worldwide staff of 3,300 – of these, about 1,000 are employed at the corporate head office in Hamburg. The year 2022 saw the completion of the Montblanc House at the Hamburg site. As part of an exhibition, visitors can experience how a small business venture transformed into Montblanc, the company with world repute. 

Otto Dörner

Otto Dörner GmbH & Co. KG is a third-generation family business with an annual turnover of more than €200 million and about 1,100 employees. The company is active in the fields of waste management, recycling, gravel and sand as well as soil remediation. Serving customers from industries such as building construction, cleaning services and demolition work at 35 locations in Northern Germany, 400 lorries are on the road each day. Ever since its foundation, Otto Dörner has developed into one of the leading private companies in the region and also embraces the latest digital technology, such as its GO customer portal and its own intelligent logistics solutions.


Note on area sizes: The industrial and commercial area referred to in the key figures indicates the gross area according to the maps displayed. These include different proportions of water areas, transport areas and green areas. Therefore, it is not possible to make a direct comparison between the individual locations presented on these pages, e.g. in terms of workforce per hectare.

Note on employment figures: Information on the local workforce is mostly provided by the German Federal Employment Agency. In some cases, figures are not broken down by individual company branches and locations, i.e. aggregate employment figures are provided instead. In such cases, the statistical business register does not include more detailed figures. Moreover, please note potential limitations of data collection e.g. in terms of minimum thresholds. As a result, the figures provided should be regarded as approximate figures that are intended to provide general guidance only.

Note on revenue figures: These figures are based on the tax returns of the companies as of 31 December 2022. In some cases, figures are not reported for each individual branch, but only for the relevant group of companies. These values are subsequently broken down on a case-by-case basis. Moreover, tax reports may be updated following a longer period of time. Therefore, the figures provided are intended to provide general guidance only.

Note on standard land values: The map provides information on standard land values for use in production/logistics. The relevant values were converted (i.e. standardised) to a plot size of 1,000 square metres or a value-related floor-area ratio of 1.0, respectively. Both the lowest and the highest standard land value in the building block are provided. The map aims to serve as a reference and is not suited for determining the actual value. At BORIS.HH you can view an interactive standard land value map of Hamburg. The website offers detailed information on standard land values in Hamburg and lets you convert the standard land value to account for individual property characteristics. All values displayed refer to the reference date of 1 January 2022.

Note on hazardous operations: Locations of establishments pursuant to §3 para. 5a of the German Federal Immission Control Act (BimSchG) in the jurisdiction of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Further metadata / publication / created on 30 September 2014.

Sources: Standard land values: Geoportal Hamburg / hazardous operations: Geoportal Hamburg / key figures: business register of the Northern Germany Statistical Office / definition of “undertaking”.

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