Darmstadt has been officially dubbed a “City of Science” since 1997, which underscores the national and international significance of Darmstadt in fields of science and research. The recognition granted by the title signifies the great scientific potential contained within the city and its citizens as well as the great number of scientific institutions and companies performing research. This power is also evident in the workplace: in no other German city are there so many citizens employed in research and development as in Darmstadt. To ensure to carry on with this legacy in future the next generation of high level experts is being developed at the Technical University Darmstadt and two further colleges.
Significant inventions such as the radio clock, electret and silicon microphones, which have been produced by the billions, the first enzyme based detergents and Plexiglas have all helped to make Darmstadt known beyond the state’s borders.
Darmstadt is the site of four major corporations’ headquarters and home to one of the most significant technology sites in the state. The scientific focus lies in the five fields of chemicals / pharmaceuticals / biotech, cosmetics, IT, achinery / electronics / mechatronics and space technology. Internationally renowned research-based companies seated here include Deutsche Telekom AG, Software AG, Merck KGaA, Evonik, Coty/Wella, KAO, Schenck-Process as well as Schenck-Rotec and EUMETSAT.
Darmstadt possesses all the attributes to make it an attractive retail trade location and it can claim a strong purchasing power level. To ensure an effective establishment of retail trade and a long-term market, the settling of retail shops in the inner city and the outer districts as well as in the 17 industrial parks is clearly regulated.
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