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  • From rail terminus to technology terminal

    The town of Ilmenau has turned the faded glories of its station into a modern domicile for young IT-companies. Trains now stop right at the company front door.

  • An industrial base with huge potential

    With its more than 50 renowned companies, some of them global operators, and its more than 12,000 workers the Erfurter Kreuz industrial area between Arnstadt and Ichtershausen is the most important of its kind in Thüringen.

  • Centre of Science and Innovation

    Ilmenau University of Technology is ranked as one of the top ten universities in Germany and enjoys an international reputation while driving the development of state-of-the-art technology across the region and thus making a significant contribution to the local economy.

Technology in a natural setting

From the scenic Wachsenburg to wooded ridge of the Thüringer Wald, the Ilmkreis takles in across in one of the loveliest landscapes with a significant cultural heritage. Into this natural beauty, the Ilmenau and Arnstadt Technology Region fits snugly as an innovative industrial base.

Successful business networks

A unique type of entrepreneurship characterisesd the region. The many technological firms and major international industrial industries that have established themselves here have woven successful business networks with Ilmenau University of Technology at their centre and have organized themselves into a mutual-support group, the Initiative Erfurter Kreuz e.V.

Science and industry meet

The Erfurter Kreuz as major industrial area and Ilmenau Campus as centre of innovation form the seed crystal from which the region’s economy and engineering grow. In the interplay between industry and science which is such a source of growth, the role of the Ilmkreis is unique in Thüringen.