South of airport environment industrial and business area

Strategically located

The southern airport environment industrial and business area in Hamburg is of strategic importance for the region. It is located in the immediate vicinity of Hamburg Airport and therefore offers an ideal location for companies wishing to benefit from the airport's transportation and logistics opportunities. The area is well connected to the motorway network, especially via the A7, which facilitates the smooth transport of goods and merchandise. In addition, public transportation ensures convenient access to downtown Hamburg and the surrounding areas. The southern airport environment business area is home for a large number of companies from various sectors, including logistics companies, transport service providers and service providers, which benefit from their proximity to the airport.

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Key figures

Total size of the location: 146 ha

Companies located here: 299

Gainfully employed individuals: 20.334

Total revenue of all companies: 15.993.719.000 €

Locational benefits of the southern airport environment

Good accessibility

The industrial and commercial location south of Helmut Schmidt Airport, also known as Hamburg Airport, is centrally located in the Hamburg-Nord district and has excellent public transport connections. Metro, express and night buses, as well as the Alsterdorf subway stop and the Hamburg Airport suburban train stop, ensure quick accessibility for employees, business partners and visitors. There are also well-developed pedestrian and bicycle paths. For employees who rely on their private cars, the A7 and the Alsterkrugchaussee as well as the Weg beim Jäger provide access to the numerous parking decks. This ensures convenient travel and a wide range of parking options.

Hamburg Airport as a location factor

The proximity to Hamburg Airport offers companies excellent international connections. Passenger flights and resident air freight companies such as the Hamburg Airport Cargo Center and the DHL Logistics Center bring advantages for the import and export of industrial products. Industry-related service companies also benefit from the immediate proximity to the tarmacs and terminals. The interconnection between the high-quality industrial and service companies of the aviation cluster 'Hamburg Aviation' promotes local development, especially for companies specializing in express freight.

Career opportunities at major employers

IIn the southern airport environment, major employers offer a wide range of career opportunities, with employee satisfaction and retention becoming increasingly important. Companies are committed to training and development and offer internships, apprenticeships, dual study programs, trainee positions and direct entry depending on professional qualifications. At Lufthansa Technik and Philips, there are extensive opportunities for advancement. In August 2023, Lufthansa Technik had 166 vacancies in Hamburg and was ranked 9th best employer in the city, while Philips had 13 vacancies at the same time and was ranked 29th on the list.

Access to qualified employees

Qualified employees are crucial for industry and commerce. The good accessibility from the southern airport vicinity via the A7 and adjacent residential quarters facilitates access to skilled and junior staff. An increase in commuters from 237,100 (1989) to 321,202 (2012) shows the trend of increased mobility in the Hamburg metropolitan region. By 2020, the number of inbound commuters could increase to 362,000. This offers opportunities for resident companies to attract new qualified employees. The surrounding area also offers advantages such as local recreation opportunities in Rentzauer or Tangstedter Forst and nature reserves such as Henstedter Moor and Duvenstedter Brook.

Medical equipment production

Hamburg's Röntgenstrasse is where medical history, imaging and research expertise merge. Philips Medical Systems, a company with roots dating back to 1927, still produces groundbreaking X-ray tubes. Since 2017, the Health Innovation Port has supported health startups with mentoring, events and infrastructure - an innovation hub shaping medical futures. Northh Medical, inspired by Philips, developed the 'smart-sync' MRI device that enables high-resolution images of fetal hearts. As a certified medical device, it allows timing of unborn children's heart action with MRI and complements ultrasound diagnostics in the detection of congenital heart defects in routine clinical practice.

Business park Hamburg-North on climate course

The district of Hamburg-North is pursuing ambitious goals in climate protection and would like to make the Hamburg-North business park a showcase area for sustainable business in the north. In cooperation with resident companies, the Economic Development Department and Climate Protection Management are supporting the establishment of a climate protection network, accompanied by partners such as the Hamburg chamber of crafts, the Hamburg chamber of commerce and the Environmental Partnership. Synergies are to be created through the exchange of successful climate protection projects and the networking of companies. Participants also have the chance to play an active role in the area's development and receive information about consulting and funding opportunities. Companies such as Desitin Arzneimittel GmbH, Hamburg Airport, Düllberg Konzentra and the planned Handwerksquartier #H15 are already involved.

Impressions from the southern airport environment

Thematic maps of the southern airport environment

Infographic on traffic links in the souther airport environment area

Connectivity

The southern area of the airport can be reached directly via the A7 federal motorway, an important artery in northern Germany. Hamburg Airport, one of the largest in Germany, also offers a variety of international flight connections. Public transport, especially the S-Bahn and buses, provides easy access to the city centre of Hamburg and the surrounding areas.

Infographic on standard land values in the southern airport environment area

Standard land value

The standard land value signifies the average value for a certain zone in a given municipal area. In the industrial and commercial area in the southern environment of the airport, the ground reference value is approximately € 490 per square metre.

Infographic on hazardous operations in the aouthern airport environment 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 southern airport environment area  is home to less than five companies of this type.

Southern airport area: selected company profiles

Lufthansa Technik

Lufthansa Technik AG is a leading provider of aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul and modification services. It is embedded in a broad network of more than 35 operating subsidiaries and affiliates in the EMEA region, the Asia-Pacific region and the Americas. In 1994, Lufthansa's Supervisory Board decides to transform MRO into an independent business segment. That year, Hamburg becomes the headquarters of the newly founded Lufthansa Technik AG. Today, more than 7,000 employees work on the more than 750,000-square-meter Hamburg site with its numerous hangars, workshops and office buildings. This site in particular is used for the conversion of passenger aircraft into private jets, the maintenance of aircraft with special, often scientific missions, and the provision of technical services for military aircraft. It is also home to one of the world's largest engine shops for the repair of civil aircraft engines.

Philips

In 1926, the German branch of the Dutch technology group Philips is founded in Berlin. In 1946, the then Philips Deutschland GmbH (today Philips GmbH) moves into its headquarters in Hamburg. With the production of industrial goods such as radios, dry shavers and phonographs and tape recorders, over the years it becomes one of the largest companies in the German electronics industry. In medical technology, the world's first images of the human head using the magnetic resonance tomography method are presented here in the research laboratory in 1984. Since the corporate reform "Vision 2010", Philips GmbH has been divided into three divisions: Health Systems (medical technology), Lighting (light and lamps; today: Signify) and Personal Health (medicine and household electronics). In addition to the corporate headquarters, the directorates of the three main divisions as well as the Philips Technologie GmbH research laboratories and the production facilities of its healthcare products with a total of approximately 3,300 employees are located in Hamburg.

Desitin Arzneimittel 

Desitin Arzneimittel GmbH is a medium-sized pharmaceutical company with a presence in Germany, Scandinavia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and selected Eastern European countries. The company emerged from Carl Klinke GmbH, founded in Hamburg in 1919, and from Desitin, founded in Berlin in 1922, as Desitin-Werk Carl Klinke GmbH. Its nearly 300 employees are mainly based in Hamburg, where they develop, manufacture and procure pharmaceuticals, test them and release them for worldwide shipment. In addition to the production of drugs for the therapy of neurological and psychiatric diseases (mostly for patients with epilepsy and Parkinson's disease), the company also offers training and scientific information for doctors and pharmacists, as well as therapy support services for patients.

Hamburg Airport Cargo Center

The new Hamburg Airport Cargo Center (HACC) was built at Hamburg Airport in 2016. An air cargo hall with 20,000 square meters of logistics space replaces the old building from the 1960s. The site, which covers a total of 60,000 square meters, provides 44 loading bays and 36 truck parking spaces, as well as three office buildings. 150 air freight companies with more than 1,500 employees are located directly in the vicinity of the airport, handling the delivery of aircraft and ship spare parts, consumer electronics or chemical products as well as the transshipment of textile goods for their customers. The catchment area of Hamburg Airport's air freight location extends further than the 200-kilometer radius, all the way to the south of Denmark. The HACC can handle up to 150,000 tons of cargo annually - more than double the volume handled in 2015.

Coffema International 

For more than 50 years, Coffema International GmbH has been selling commercial coffee machines and offering comprehensive service in maintenance, repair and module refurbishment, among other things. The company is owned by the Nilsson family of entrepreneurs and has its headquarters in the immediate vicinity of Hamburg Airport. The company has 280 employees. In Germany, Coffema has a further ten branch locations; internationally, subsidiaries in Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland and Dubai are active for the company. In 52 other countries, partner organizations stand for worldwide sales and services at Coffema level. With a broad product portfolio including espresso machines, coffee grinders, water systems and fully automatic coffee machines, a large selection of brands and services ranging from purchase, rental, leasing or billing on a per-cup basis, Coffema can respond to individual customer requirements.

Satair Group 

Satair A/S was founded in Denmark in 1957. The company's core business is trading of spare parts for aircraft. With more than 1,000,000 components in stock, Satair is a leading global provider of innovative aftermarket services and solutions for customers with multiple fleets (Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Bombardier and general aviation). More than 1,700 employees work for the company at ten locations worldwide. In 2014, Airbus Material & Logistics Management and Satair A/S merged to form Satair Group. Together they now offer services in spare parts management, spare parts service and support for all aircraft types. The Satair Group is headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, and in Kastrup, Denmark.

Disclaimer

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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