In GDR times, lignite and the chemical site of Bitterfeld formed the economic backbone of the region, which today comprises the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt. The fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification then meant a fundamental economic and social upheaval. Today, the state with its two urban centers Magdeburg and Halle-Leipzig has repositioned itself economically. This is also shown by our market leaders from Saxony-Anhalt. The presented companies belong to the largest companies in Saxony-Anhalt.
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1. Mitteldeutsche Netzgesellschaft Strom mbH (MITNETZ STROM), Kabelsketal/Halle (Saale): €2.7 billion
MITNETZ STROM is a leading electricity grid operator in eastern Germany and provides direct or indirect access to electricity for around 2.2 million people in central Germany. MITNETZ STROM’s grid area covers almost 31,000 sq km – around 29 percent of the area of the new federal states. Grid regions are Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, South and West Saxony. The electricity grid has a total length of around 73,000 km. MITNETZ STROM belongs to envia Mitteldeutsche Energie AG (enviaM) in Chemnitz and employs approx. 1,500 people. The core service consists of grid operation and maintenance. Further services: Network project planning and construction, planning, construction and operation of metering points via remote meter reading.
2. Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH, Freyburg (Unstrut): 1.2 billion euros turnover
“Rotkäppchen” was already the sparkling wine brand par excellence in East Germany during GDR times. After the reunification, the “VEB Rotkäppchen-Sektkellerei” went through a very successful transformation into a market-based company. Today, the Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien are Germany’s number 1 sparkling wine producer, and also produce other alcoholic beverages such as brandy, grain brandy and liqueurs. The company has locations in Saxony-Anhalt, in the Rheingau, in Thuringia, Baden-Württemberg, Bremen and in the Italian Veneto. Besides Rotkäppchen, the group’s sparkling wine brands include Mumm and Geldermann – both of which stand for premium sparkling wines. Other well-known brands: Chantré, Echter Nordhäuser, Eckes Edelkirsch and Zinn. Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien employs around 1,000 people.
3. VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG, Zörbig: 1.0 billion euros in sales
VERBIO has dedicated itself entirely to green energies and is thus in line with the trend of the times. The company was formed in 2006 from the merger of several previously independent companies in the biofuel and bioenergy production sector. Today, VERBIO Vereinigte Bioenergie AG acts as the joint holding company for these sub-companies. VERBIO produces biodiesel, bioethanol and biogas on an industrial scale. Its customers are mineral oil companies, independent petrol stations, haulage companies, municipal utilities and fleet operators. VERBIO has production facilities in Zörbig, Schwedt and Bitterfeld. The company is listed on the stock exchange. The majority of shares are held by the members of the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board. The VERBIO Group employs more than 700 people.
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