We bundle the strengths of our entire group at our headquarters in Berlin-Marzahn. Here, on an area of almost 10,000 square metres, 10 companies and around 300 employees develop and produce cutting-edge technology for an enormous diversity of industry segments. Away from the hustle and bustle of Berlin’s city centre, but still easy to reach, the B.I.G. Campus offers our employees the peace and creative freedom they need to concentrate fully on the individual demands and requirements of our customers. As the headquarters of B.I.G., Marzahn also reflects the spirit of our company – authentic and relaxed, future-oriented and dynamic.
By the way, the Campus project is by no means completed – the coming years will see further growth and, in the course of this, will bring even more opportunities for our customers and our employees. We look forward to seeing you here.
This motivated the establishment and founding of large companies in heavy industry and electrical engineering with names we still know today, including Borsig, Halske, Siemens and AEG. But Berlin also quickly became a leader in other sectors, e.g. in the chemical industry with companies such as Schering or Agfa.
In this way, Berlin developed into Germany’s largest industrial centre at the beginning of the 20th century; an upswing that was also reflected in the number of jobs: in 1936, the city had 574,000 employees in the manufacturing sector – more in absolute figures than in the whole of Württemberg, Baden or Thuringia.
The Second World War brought this progress to an abrupt end: only 25% of the machine capacities could still be used. This led to a considerable relocation of production to western Germany, often accompanied by a change of company headquarters, as in the case of Siemens to Munich. Another example is Knorr-Bremse AG, which is based in our immediate vicinity and also moved its headquarters to Munich in 1946. As a result of these events, the number of jobs in 1950 fell to only 150,000 industrial workers. This trend could only be reversed by means of substantial subsidies: in 1961 this figure was again 315,000, but unfortunately the construction of the Berlin Wall brought this progress to a sudden end – despite further increases in subsidy measures.
The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 brought about a rapid structural change in the Berlin economy, resulting in an equally rapid reduction in industrial jobs: from 378,000 (1989 in West and East Berlin) to just under 100,000 in 2007, but since then, Berlin’s industry has experienced a veritable renaissance with the founding and relocation of new companies beyond the well-known examples from the software and media industries. The Berlin.Industrial.Group. is living proof of this by not only creating new and additional jobs, but also contributing disproportionately to the growth of the region and the urban district. And not least because it is expanding internationally from here, to the USA as well as to China. Ultimately, B.I.G. thus supports what is also pursued with high priority as a political goal: the re-industrialization of Berlin.