Industries & Clusters

Cottbus is a dynamic city that is facing a comprehensive structural change from a lignite mining region to an innovation region in the next few years and is ready to write success stories. The city and the region are characterized by a diverse mix of industries. This is made up as follows:


Cottbus is known to many people as a city of energy. Three major power plants provide "voltage" in the region. The surrounding Lausitzer lignite mining area supplies the energy source. Like no other region in Germany, the energy region has been shaped by opencast lignite mining. The industry is in a state of upheaval.


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The state of Brandenburg is home to around 1,200 companies in the core media, information and communications sector. Approximately 1,700 companies with around 17,000 employees are active here in other supporting service industries. Many small and medium-sized companies from this sector have made a name for themselves in Cottbus.
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Traditionally, the steel and metal industry is one of Germany's key sectors. Cottbus offers the strongly export-oriented industry immediate proximity to the Eastern European markets and also stands for "Made in Germany". The Cottbus region is a lucrative production location for this industry.

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The Berlin-Brandenburg region provides mobility by road, rail and air. The capital region is a supplier area for the automotive industry and has been going full throttle in recent years. Cottbus has special know-how in the field of research and development thanks to the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg.

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Spreewald cucumbers and Lausitzer linseed oil are known and appreciated far beyond Lausitz. These and other Spreewald products provide convincing proof that high-performance producers in the food industry come from the Cottbus region. The food industry is one of the highest-turnover industries in the state of Brandenburg.

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A driving force for technology and innovation

Cottbus as a business location continues to have excellent scientific, educational and research potential. In combination with the existing industry competencies, investors and innovative companies in the industries of the future will find the best conditions here.


Higher Education Institutions

With the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg) Cottbus boasts unique scientific, educational and research potential offering excellent conditions and development opportunities for promising investments. Businesses benefit from a notable site advantage given the wide range of topics in the Cottbus research and development landscape.

Characteristic of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg are its unique study and research conditions. Social problems and issues are being researched in a real-world laboratory as it were. Its special geographic location enables research on site, the results of which are in demand worldwide. The university targets profiling in four research fields:


  • Smart Regions und Heritage
  • Energie-Effizienz und Nachhaltigkeit
  • Biotechnologie, Umwelt und Gesundheit
  • Kognitive und zuverlässige cyber-physikalische Systeme

Research Institutes

The diverse scientific landscape is complemented by research institutes with special competencies. With forward-looking developments in the fields of:


Funded by the Federal Government and the Federal State of Brandenburg in the context of the joint task: “Verbesserung der regionalen Wirtschaftsstruktur” – GRW Infrastruktur for the improvement of the regional economic structure