In the case of quantitative criteria, basically the cost structure of a location is assessed. This includes, for example, personnel costs, logistics costs, infrastructure costs. Cost-reducing factors such as public funding opportunities are also taken into account. A final evaluation is carried out based on a “landed cost” assessment of the products. It is recommended, to rate the evaluation in relation to an existing reference location too.
The overall results can be represented as shown in figure 2 exemplarily, as a 3-dimensional graph. The weighted qualitative results are scaled on the horizontal axis and the quantitative results are shown on the vertical axis, calculated relative to a reference plant. In this case, the third dimension in the graph is represented by the area of the bubbles in the bubble diagram. Here the number of unemployed employable people within a radius of 50 km is proportional to the area of the bubbles shown. As an example, it can be seen from the diagram that location 6 has the greatest number of potential employees available on the labour market at the lowest overall cost level. However, an unfavourable assessment of the qualitative criteria must be taken into account and, if necessary, compensation measures should be considered.