Mayor Thomas Geisel announced a “settlement project of a very special kind” in May 2019. EUREF AG from Berlin is planning to build a remarkable innovation campus near Düsseldorf Airport – with a total rental space of around 40,000 m². The campus offers room for many ideas and developments. However, all of these approaches have one thing in common: Established companies, startups and scientific institutions will find the ideal framework here to work on the topic of “mobility of the future” in a kind of real laboratory. At least 2,500 jobs are to be created.
The anchor tenant was determined early on: The electronics company Schneider Electric will move its headquarters with around 750 employees from Ratingen to the nearby Düsseldorf campus.
EUREF AG and Schneider Electric: lease officially signed
The official contract signing for this major project for the business and innovation location Düsseldorf took place in the presence of Düsseldorf’s Mayor Thomas Geisel, at the real estate trade fair Expo Real in Munich.
Christophe de Maistre, Schneider Electric’s President of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, highlights: „The EUREF Campus Düsseldorf represents a further stage in the successful partnership between Schneider Electric and EUREF AG in Berlin and a quantum leap in intelligent building control with renewable energies. The Düsseldorf project will once again demonstrate the strength of our successful partnership, which will enable the federal government’s CO₂ climate targets for 2050 to be met today, in a campus setting. Without adding significant costs. Schneider has been building partnerships and ecosystems for years and proves that energy savings of up to 25% are possible. Because the most efficient form of CO₂ saving is and remains the exploitation of energy saving potential..“
Mayor Thomas Geisel and the Economic Development Office of the city of Düsseldorf are pleased about the enrichment for the business location. Mayor Thomas Geisel added: “ With this resettlement, we are setting standards for emission-free mobility concepts, climate friendliness and innovation. The campus, with the pioneer Schneider Electric as anchor tenant, becomes an ecosystem for new ideas for getting around with 2500 state-of-the-art workplaces – exactly right for the dynamic and attractive location of Düsseldorf. ”
Daniel Rook, Schneider Electric’s Executive Vice President Human Resources for Germany, Switzerland, Austria, also underlines the attractiveness of the state capital: “ Our new headquarters will be relocated to Düsseldorf with around 750 employees. For us, the EUREF Campus Düsseldorf is also a very inspiring environment from the employees’ perspective, in which companies, science and politics can shape the future for the talents of tomorrow. The campus enables Schneider Electric to have a profound exchange with start-ups and partners. As an element of our digital transformation, it will attract young people – nationally and internationally. We will also work very closely with the universities in the region. Our employees expect an attractive and future-oriented work environment. High flexibility, intensive communication and fun at work: We will offer all of this in a special spirit on the new campus in Düsseldorf .”
Reinhard Müller, EUREF AG CEO, adds: „Düsseldorf offers us entrepreneurial spirit, good accessibility and attractiveness for international talents. We need this to drive climate protection forward, because climate protection is economically viable today. We are already demonstrating this today at the EUREF Campus Berlin. However, this requires the willingness of business, administration and politics to work together in a spirit of openness to technology and cooperation..“