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Netherlands-based provider of biological sample and assay technologies for molecular diagnostics Qiagen is investing upward of EUR 110 million in the expansion of its international production facilities for coronavirus testing. The investment, which will also see Covid-19 test production capacity expanded at its Hilden site, has received EUR 18 million in funding from the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia. The move will also see the company expand its testing solutions portfolio to include a test that can also distinguish coronavirus infections from other respiratory diseases as well as a portable device antibody test that delivers accurate results in just 10 minutes.
Indian IT company Wipro Limited has announced plans for the opening of a digital innovation center in Düsseldorf. The planned digital hub will become a showcase project for the whole of Europe as well as support companies in their digital transformation endeavors. Working in partnership with institutions and universities in North Rhine-Westphalia, Wipro plans to create between 250 and 300 jobs over the next two years.
SafeRide Technologies, an Israeli provider of AI-based vehicle health management, data analytics, and cybersecurity solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles, has opened its first European branch site in Bochum. The new office will enable SafeRide to provide increased support to its European customers, expand strategic partnerships, and grow the business in the European market. The new office is strategically located in the Bochum area, in close proximity to SafeRide's customers and partners throughout western Europe.
Turkey’s biggest coworking provider has opened its first location outside Turkey at the Medienhafen in Düsseldorf. The company now operates out of 12 locations with a total working space of 25,000 sqm.
Italo-Japanese automotive supplier Marelli is set to open an electric drivetrain production facility in Cologne in the first half of the year. The new 18,000 sqm site will see the company expand its manufacturing footprint and capacities in the important German market, with 160 jobs created in the first half of 2021, with 60 additional hires expected throughout the year. Electric powertrain is a core element of the company’s growth strategy, with Cologne’s growing e-mobility center status a contributing factor to locate the site in the region.
Global strategy consultancy firm Emerton has opened an office in Germany. The Munich site will act as a base for the company’s growing portfolio of DACH clients. The consultancy firm also operates out of offices in Paris, Tokyo and New York.
Swedish furniture giant Ikea has invested an undisclosed sum in Berlin-based visual search engine provider Nyris. The investment will see Nyris artificial intelligence technology deployed to make it easier for customers to search for Ikea products. Ikea already uses Nyris technology in its “Ikea Places” app which links to Ikea’s online store.