ForschungBeendete Projekte
MetroPlant - Interdisziplinäre Vorstudie zur Fabrik-, Standort- und Netzwerkplanung in Metropolregionen

MetroPlant - Interdisciplinary preliminary study for factory, location and network planning in metropolitan regions

Year:  2015
Date:  01-01-70
Sponsors:  Niedersächsische Technische Hochschule NTH
Is Finished:  yes



Both companies and society worldwide will be confronted with increasing urbanization in the coming years. According to estimates, 60% of the population will live in cities in 2030 and 70% in 2050. In the context of this ongoing urbanisation, social structures in the heavily populated cities of a metropolitan region will increasingly differ from the sparsely populated rural areas of a metropolitan region. Among other things, this development has led to differences in infrastructure and training structure. In addition, the rapidly growing, densely populated urban areas suffer from a permanent shortage of undeveloped land, whereas in rural areas a "green field" planning can take place. This means that in the future, companies will be faced with the question of which location in a metropolitan region a factory can be sensibly located at when choosing a regional location. However, existing site selection models only support global site selection and cannot be used for regional site selection.

goal & approach

 The long-term goal of the research group is to develop a model for decision support for the selection of a location within a metropolitan region. The model to be developed will support companies in the selection of a location taking into account internal aspects and external factors of influence. In addition to supporting companies, the model aims to show how policymakers can influence the development of a metropolitan region with targeted incentive models and support concepts for companies. Within the scope of this project, the metropolitan region Hannover-Braunschweig-Göttingen-Wolfsburg will be examined.

First of all, this preliminary study aims to find out which different types of factories, locations and networks exist in the considered metropolitan region. In addition, the decisive influencing factors for a location decision are to be identified from the company's point of view and their interactions with each other analysed. In addition to insights into various companies through surveys and guided tours, opinions will be sought from experts from politics and science. Finally, a DFG research proposal is to be submitted for the development of a model for decision support in the selection of locations within a metropolitan region.


    • Institute of Automotive and Industrial Production NFP