Economic sectors

Tradition meets innovation and the future: in Rostock, industries steeped in tradition have been working on economic success for decades. Shipbuilding and cargo handling in deep-water ports are prominent key industries. At the same time, the maritime economy is constantly changing thanks to technical advances and global economic networking. Shipbuilding shapes Rostock today just as much as maritime tourism, goods logistics, industrial production, wind energy and life sciences.

View of the Rostock seaport

Maritime economy

The maritime economy is distinguished, amongst other things, by its constantly developing port industry.

Cargo port of Rostock Warnemünde


The business hub of Rostock is a highly attractive location for logistics and trade in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Family holiday

Tourism industry

As well as IT Services and the maritime industry, Rostock is shaped mainly by tourism.



Air and space travel – companies in Rostock

The air and space travel industry in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Rostock in particular has become a growth market. Currently, many companies are developing direct and indirect solutions and products for this sector.

The convenient location and proximity to the university form the basis for very good prospects in this industry. The significance of the air and space travel industry for the job market in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is immense and the number of skilled workers needed will continue to grow.

The main areas this industry focuses on are development services and manufacturing processes in areas such as:

  • finishing work on Airbus A318, A319 and A321
  • Airbus developments of the A380, A400 M and A350
  • partial production and Airbus supply centre: A380
  • maintenance, repair and refurbishment expertise
  • the electronics and microelectronics industries
  • ultra-modern product development and production
  • technical documentation and replacement parts service
  • aircraft avionics
  • civil aviation and international airports

Renewable energies: wind power

Manufacturing of a wind turbine

Wind energy

With the exploitation of offshore wind energy, this industry is experiencing great economic growth. After the commissioning of the first commercial offshore wind park, EnBW Baltic 1 in May 2011 off the Baltic Sea coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, plans for the construction of the second offshore wind park in the German Baltic sea, EnBW Baltic 2, with 80 wind energy turbines, had already begun at the end of 2013. The offshore wind park with a 288MV output is planned for 2014/15.

Wind turbine parts at sea

Made in MV

The seaports in the region, such as the one in Rostock, are establishing themselves as production, logistics and service ports for the industry.

However, onshore wind energy and its planned development will also provide an extra boost to the industry in Rostock.

From project development to design, production and supply to service and maintenance, there are national and international companies across the whole supply chain available - foundations, towers, turbines, gondolas or rotor blade, all products are manufactured here: “Made in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern”.

Life Science

Regenerative medicine: Strong skills in the field of bio-implants, stem cell treatment, cell transplants and tissue engineering

Health economy: The master plan is to use opportunities from tourism, the food industry, biotechnology and medical technology to make the country the healthiest in the world.

Proteomics: Cutting-edge research in the development of new treatments for autoimmune disorders at the Proteomics Centre in Rostock.

Agrobiotechnology: Modern biotechnology in agriculture with biological and genetic research for the development of innovative products and environmentally-friendly farming methods at the agrobiotechnology centre for life science research in Groß Lüsewitz.

Automation: Development of high-end automation and system solutions at the Centre of Life Science Automation.

Bioinformatics: Interdisciplinary research projects in data mining and mathematic model simulations at the University of Rostock.

Biosystem technology: Applied research projects for sensor chips at research institutes and technology companies.

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