October 2014

Proven concept, new location: tcworld conference moves to Stuttgart

For the first time since its launch in 2005, the tcworld conference will be held in the International Congress Center in Stuttgart. The state capital of Baden-Württemberg is renowned for its fast cars, high-quality living and its hard-working, down-to-earth locals.

An innovative, dynamic economy

Few other locations in Europe can match the Stuttgart Region as a center of high technology and innovation. Stuttgart is not only a representative example of the regional automobile sector and the future industries resulting from it, such as electromobility, but also of other leading technology clusters such as engineering, IT and the increasingly important environmental technologies. In all, some 160,000 businesses are based in the economic area of Stuttgart. They include not only numerous international enterprises, but also countless highly specialized medium-sized and smaller firms, many of which lead the field in their particular technology.

The region, which saw the birth of the automobile, can still today claim to be the world's leading center of the automobile industry. Almost 180,000 people are employed in the regional automotive cluster, with a turnover of more than 40 billion Euro in automobile construction alone. Around the premium vehicle producers Daimler and Porsche, and also Bosch, the largest automotive supplier, a highly innovative mix of medium-sized ancillary industries and specialized service contractors has sprung up.

On the basis of its almost 130-year-old tradition of vehicle construction, the region is also emerging more and more as Europe's leading location for electromobility. Since 2009 it has been one of eight German regions funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport to step up the development of an infrastructure and the establishment of electromobility in the public sector.

The Stuttgart Region is one of the most important partners to receive subsidies of some 40 million euros in order to expedite the development of electrically-powered vehicles suitable for large-scale serial production, as well as the corresponding charging technologies and IT solutions.

Traditionally, the engineering sector, too, has always played a leading role in the region's economy. In particular, this branch owes its outstanding reputation to the manufacture of tools and special-purpose machinery, intelligently combined with product-related services. With around 66,000 employees and a turnover of almost 18 billion Euro, it is the location's second technological flagship and includes numerous global leaders.

Arts and Museums

The Stuttgart Region is a veritable paradise for exceptional culture. Stuttgart’s State Theater is the world’s largest tripartite theater. The Stuttgart Ballet has enjoyed a worldwide reputation ever since the days of John Cranko and Marcia Haydée, while the State Opera has received the coveted “Opera House of the Year” award for its outstanding performances several times. The productions of the “Schauspiel Stuttgart” theater company are also acclaimed all over Germany. Repertoires in the theater-loving Stuttgart Region include classical and contemporary productions, dance and cabaret, dialect plays and experimental works. What’s more, the Stuttgart Region’s two musical theaters make it one of the most musical locations in Germany.

Architectural highlights and out-of-the-ordinary museums form a unique ensemble in the Stuttgart Region. Both automobile and architecture enthusiasts come from all over the world to visit the spectacular double-helix construction of the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the impressive Porsche Museum. The region boasts one of the most renowned museums worldwide with Stuttgart’s State Gallery, which presents masterpieces of art from eight centuries. The works of internationally acclaimed artists are strikingly displayed in Stuttgart’s Museum of Art.

Culinary Stuttgart

Sampling delicacies from the region’s kitchens and cellars is an experience involving “Spätzle” (Swabian noodles) Spätburgunder wine and starred gastronomy. From traditional Swabian fare with hearty specialities accompanied by wines from Württemberg, to award-winning gourmet restaurants with an international reputation, the Stuttgart Region offers culinary experiences to delight every palate.

Information on the Stuttgart Region and the many options available can be found under www.stuttgart-tourist.com


Getting there and around

The quickest way to get to Stuttgart is by air. Stuttgart Airport is one of the most modern in Europe. 42 airlines fly to more than 110 destinations in 30 countries; some 10 million passengers use this gateway to Stuttgart. The International Congress Center Stuttgart is located in the direct vicinity of the airport.

Lines S2 and S3 of the rapid transit railway (S-Bahn), provide a direct link from the airport to the main railway station in the heart of the city, only 13 km away. Motorists can reach the Congress Center via the A8 Karlsruhe – Munich motorway.

With the VVS 3-Day Ticket from Stuttgart’s Tariff and Transport Union (VVS), congress and conference participants are well equipped to explore Stuttgart and the region in a comfortable and environmentally compatible manner with the trains and buses of the regional transport network. Tickets can be purchased from the Tourist Information at Stuttgart Airport, the “i-punkt” Tourist Information opposite the main railway station or at their hotel on presentation of their congress registration or confirmation of hotel reservation.

Individual timetables are available at www.vvs.de

 

Focus on sustainability

Out of the 18 European congress destinations with a higher-than-average commitment to sustainability, ten are in Germany. Stuttgart is one of them.

The WirtschaftsWoche Sustainable City Indicator (WWSCI) 2012 has confirmed that among Germany's 50 largest cities Stuttgart excels in every category (economic strength, environment, human capital, social affairs, energy and transport, as well as transparency and commitment).

Many businesses in the Stuttgart Region are committed to maintaining high ecological standards and are increasingly fostering the concept of sustainability through the use of innovative products and production technologies.

Public institutions also see themselves under an obligation to ensure a livable environment for future generations: Stuttgart's public utility companies already supply their customers and all public buildings entirely with green electricity. Stuttgart Airport (EMAS certified) received the 2013 Green Controlling Award of the Péter Horváth Foundation in collaboration with the International Controllers' Association (ICV).

The state of Baden-Württemberg is one of Germany's four "showcases for electromobility", with the Stuttgart Region as one of its main partners. Along with many other schemes, the "Car2go" project sponsored by the Daimler AG began in 2012.

The Messe Stuttgart trade fair center and the ICS International Congress Center Stuttgart are equally exemplary in their commitment to sustainability. A total of 34 000 square metres of solar collectors are installed on the roofs of the exhibition halls and the ICS, as well as on the adjoining Bosch car park, supplying climate-friendly electricity. At the same time, intelligent heat production and highly efficient gas-fired condensing technology provide effective heating and cooling systems.

 

The Fernsehturm Stuttgart is the world’s first television tower.

 

The Ludwigsburg Palace features an impressive garden.

 

The Ludwigsburg Palace features an impressive garden.

 

 

The Schlossplatz Stuttgart is the heart of the city.

 

The Porsche Museum features 300 restored cars.

 

The Neues Schloss (new castle) was built in the heart of the city center.

 

The impressive Mercedes-Benz Museum covers the history of the famous car-maker.