Once again, the FrankfurtRheinMain region presents itself at the World Economic Summit in Davos with the now traditional event "Frankfurt meets Davos". Peter Feldmann, Lord Mayor of the City of Frankfurt am Main, will open the reception for the fourth time in a row as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of FrankfurtRheinMain International Marketing of the Region (FRM GmbH): "It is a great honor for me, to represent the FrankfurtRheinMain region in Davos again this year. Every year, decision-makers from business and politics meet for the World Economic Forum to exchange ideas, make contacts and develop perspectives for the future. In that sense, it is important to actively promote the FrankfurtRheinMain region."
In his welcome speech, Peter Feldmann will also talk about the challenges of digitalization for the region: "FrankfurtRheinMain is the digital backbone of Germany. We want FrankfurtRheinMain to be at the forefront of digitalization in a wide range of areas and will be setting clear priorities and emphases in the future." Frankfurt and the region are on the way to becoming one of the leading digital centers. Numerous companies like Samson AG in FrankfurtRheinMain are already working on the future and are developing unknown interfaces between industrial production and the digital world. FrankfurtRheinMain generates an above-average share of value added in the area of information technology. The region is one of the leading locations for information technology companies. Companies based here, such as SAP or Software AG, and scientific institutions such as the Fraunhofer Institutes, play in the top league worldwide. The entire FrankfurtRheinMain region is strongly networked, with scientific institutions working closely with highly innovative companies. The city of Frankfurt is home to DE-CIX, the world's largest internet node in terms of data throughput. The number of data centers in the region is increasing rapidly. Frankfurt is increasing its data center space to 500,000 square meters of operated space, and is expected to exceed the limit of 600,000 square meters by 2019. Currently, more than 350 million euros are invested in this area per year.
In the tenth year of the event "Frankfurt meets Davos", there is a record in terms of registration numbers. Numerous leading representatives of the economy and politics from FrankfurtRheinMain, Germany and around the world have registered as well as leading representatives of international media. "Cities and regions are in the international competition for investment and skilled workers. That is why it is important for FrankfurtRheinMain to further expand its international positioning. Our reception in Davos is an excellent stage to present ourselves internationally," says Eric Menges, President and CEO of FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH International Marketing of the Region.