Schöfferstadt Gernsheim
Key Figures
Population 2021   10,772
Change since 2016   +5.8%
Employees 2021   4,871
Change since 2016   +24.9%
Trade Tax   385%
Property Tax A   400%
Property Tax B   410%


The birthplace of Peter Schöffer makes up the southern end of Groß-Gerau county. It connects the Frankfurt-Rhine-Main and Rhine-Neckar metropolitan areas. Located along the A67 Autobahn as well as the federal highways B44 and B426, Gernsheim has exceptional transport connections at its disposal. The Gernsheim port, Hesse’s only container port located on the Rhine, connects the region with the North Sea and Southeast Europe via water. Its very own industrial track and its highway connection achieve the important trimodality that local companies value. The port is to be expanded throughout the next years so that the increasing demand of customers located up to 150 kilometers away can continue to be fulfilled.

With around 750 employees and an operating area of 947,000 square meters in Gernsheim, Merck is one of the largest employers in Groß-Gerau county. It manufactures pearl-luster pigments for lacquers, synthetic materials, and cosmetics, vapor-deposition chemicals for refinement and the anti-reflection coating of optical devices, as well as precursors for chromatography for the separation of substances.

„Merck is a leader in the global market for pearl-luster pigments, and to us, Gernsheim is the ideal location to supply our worldwide customers in the lacquer, synthetic material, printing, cosmetic, foodstuff, and pharmaceutical industries.“

Jens Klatyk,
Site Manager at the Gernsheim Plant,
Merck KG aA

GreenTech Park FLUXUM, a science and technology park - with a clear focus on environmental technologies - will be created on an area of ​​more than 26 hectares in the next few years. It aims to offer small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) the infrastructure they need to develop sustainable innovations. Gernsheim is to become the center for environmental technology in the Rhine-Main area.
The GreenTech Accelerator ryon, which has already opened on the site, combines expertise from research, industry and the public sector: Start-ups and SMEs are supported here in the development of new sustainable solutions in the fields of environmental technologies, chemistry, biotechnology and materials and engineering sciences.​