Sweden's Alfa Laval moves to HafenCity

5 June 2024
Heat transfer group moves German-headquarters from Glinde to Hamburg

Sweden’s Alfa Laval moved its headquarters for German-speaking countries to the Watermark building in HafenCity in early June. The company's business, which includes new fuels for ships, energy-saving heat exchangers and large-scale plants, had previously been managed from Glinde in Schleswig-Holstein. Around 250 staff are now employed in Hamburg, which is a key hub for Scandinavian countries and thus an attractive place to work.

City good for modern, sustainable global corporation

“It was time to look for a place in Germany that better suits our modern, sustainable global group and meets our ambition to grow, act sustainably and be an attractive employer," said Sven Schreiber, Managing Director of Alfa Laval Mid Europe. The establishment was supported by Hamburg's business development organisation Hamburg Invest. The listed Alfa Laval Group employs around 21,300 people worldwide and earned a turnover of EUR 5.5 billion in 2023. The group is also advancing sustainability projects  worldwide, e.g., the "Energy Efficiency Movement" initiative and the "Sustainable Cities" campaign

Heat exchangers for industrial waste heat

Hamburg is also involved in the "Sustainable Cities" project. The metal processing company Aurubis uses its industrial waste heat as district heating in HafenCity. Alfa Laval has manufactured special heat exchangers for this purpose. Around 20,000 households in HafenCity will be supplied with district heating from this source, saving up to 100,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum from autumn.

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More Hamburg and Scandinavian connections

Hamburg and Scandinavia are forging ever closer ties and on many levels. The Fehmarnbelt link will soon halve the rail journey from Hamburg to Copenhagen from around five hours at present to around two-and-a-half-hours in future. Hamburg Invest established a strategic pillar of German-Swedish economic relations when it helped set up a branch of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hamburg in 2019. The chamber forges extensive economic links between the Kingdom of Sweden and the Federal Republic of Germany. Around 110 local companies are already members of the chamber including major players such as Vattenfall and Securitas.

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