The economic structure in Lübeck is characterised by a continual process of adjustment. Within this framework, the traditional production site has developed to become a basis for trend-setting industries, a centre of trade and services and a cluster point for education and research. Lübeck consciously works on this new profile, focusing strongly on the services and distribution sector.
Companies of global renown have their headquarters in Lübeck. These include the medical and security engineering manufacturer Dräger, the marzipan manufacturer I.G. Niederegger, the shipping firm Oldendorff and the biotech company G.C. Hahn & Co, the global market leader in the field of food stabilisers.