AKKA Technologies is significantly expanding its presence in Leipzig and opening a new location of the “Digital Center of Excellence” (DCE). The European market leader for engineering consulting and R&D services is thus responding to the rapidly increasing demand for digital expertise in the region. A total of 250 new jobs will be created for highly qualified specialists on site.
With the Center of Excellence, AKKA accelerates digital innovation projects and actively drives the digital transformation of its customers. The company offers highly innovative solutions in the areas of cloud architecture, software development and testing, embedded software development, AI, machine learning and data analytics.
AKKAdemy, which has been based in Leipzig since 2019 and offers top talents and experienced engineers the latest training programs, is moving to a newly created location at the Alte Messe Leipzig together with the Digital Center of Excellence. The spatial unification creates a digital competence center in Leipzig that is unique in Germany. With this significant investment, AKKA underlines the high strategic importance of Leipzig as a location and supports the city’s up-and-coming development into the “Digital Hub of the East”. At the same time, AKKA is strengthening the digital research and development landscape in Saxony. The Free State of Saxony is funding the competence centre with around 2.6 million euros as part of the so-called joint task “Improvement of the regional economic structure” (GRW).
The newly opened location of the digital competence center is located in an attractive innovation environment at Alte Messe 6 in Leipzig. On 1000 m2, AKKA offers top graduates and engineers modern office space and flexible workplace concepts that create an optimal framework for collaborative development projects.
“The digital pressure to innovate on our customers is growing continuously; and thus also the demand for expertise and advice. AKKA, in turn, benefits from this. We offer our customers exactly the expertise they need to scale their digital transformation. With our digital competence center, we want to further tap into the constantly growing demand in the region. If required, the know-how bundled here will also be available to AKKA teams in Germany and internationally,” emphasizes Dr. Peter Mehrle, AKKA CEO BU Germany.
“In order to drive digitalization in our country, we need qualified specialists. In particular, young engineers must be made fit for processes of digital transformation. With its digital competence center, AKKA contributes to the smart industry, supports the recruitment and training of skilled workers and ensures know-how and knowledge transfer,” says Thomas Jarzombek, BMWi Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Start-ups and Federal Government Coordinator for Aerospace.
Ines Fröhlich, State Secretary of the Saxon State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, emphasizes: “I warmly welcome AKKA to the Free State of Saxony. The decision to open a new location in Leipzig proves once again how attractive Saxony is for innovative companies dedicated to digital transformation and the development of sustainable innovative technologies in the immediate vicinity of well-known customers. AKKA finds excellent conditions, corresponding cooperation opportunities and the necessary business exchange in one of the most dynamic cities in Germany. This relocation will further advance the business and science location and, in particular, its digital ecosystem, which is now recognized nationwide.”
“Leipzig attracts highly qualified people from Central Germany and beyond because Leipzig is a city worth living in: green, with affordable rents and short distances. This is an important location factor for high-tech companies. I am delighted that AKKA has chosen Leipzig as the location for its Centre of Excellence and thus becomes an important player in the research and development location “Alte Messe” Leipzig,” says Clemens Schülke, acting head of the Department of Economics, Labour and Digital affairs of the City of Leipzig.
Source: Press release AKKA Technologies of 16.09.2021