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Logistics in NRW

Thanks to an ideal set of conditions, the logistics industry is among the fastest growing business sectors in North Rhine-Westphalia. NRW ranks as one of Europe's major transportation hubs. The direct links with the Belgian and Dutch seaports and the dense transport network make NRW the leading logistics location in Europe. The volume of air freight is expanding continuously. Well-developed inland waterways offer direct access to destinations throughout Europe. Via the new Betuwe freight railroad NRW is now connected directly to Rotterdam, Europe's largest seaport.

Did you know ...

... that every UPS parcel that leaves or arrives in Europe passes through Cologne-Bonn Airport?
... that all the European capitals are within 3 hours' flight time from NRW?
... that the world's largest inland port, Duisport, is located in NRW?

Quick Facts

70 bn €

27,800 logistics enterprises with a total of 314,000 employees generate sales of €70 billion.


Including the logistics activities within trade and industry, the sector employs a combined workforce in excess of 645,000.


of german logistics centers
About one quarter of all logistics centers in Germany are to be found in NRW (e.g. Amazon, Esprit, TK Maxx, Zalando).

9 out of 25

in NRW
Of the top 25 largest logistics companies in Germany (according to domestic sales), nine are based in NRW.

Networks – Innovation transfer for a successful future

Networks – Innovation transfer for a successful future

Under the umbrella of "EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr" more than 160 companies and 12 research institutes are in the process of developing new logistics technologies. The state cluster for logistics ("LogistikCluster NRW") has created specific platforms for logistics-related issues and promotes the practical application of research findings. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund is one of the world's largest research facilities in the field of logistics.

Logistics enterprises in NRW

Numerous logistics enterprises and global players already reap the benefits of North Rhine-Westphalia as a business location. In NRW they operate distribution centers and manage their national and international merchandise flows:

Kühne + Nagel
Seacon Logistics

Frauenhofer IML: Innovative Cloud Computing software

Category Logistics

Region Ruhr Metropolis

For the first time in logistics IT, a cloud computing solution enables the hiring and user-oriented accounting of services, processes and programmes in the form of separate, flexible and mutually-compatible modules. Welcome to the Logistics Mall! This virtual supermarket offers software suppliers and users an on-line platform to market and acquire logistics software. Here clients can find solutions for a wide range of fields, starting with commissioning, packaging and relocation down to complete supply chains. Cloud technology helps the user not only to choose the programmes using their internet browser, but also to configure and manage them with no need to worry about installation or maintenance. The Logistics Mall has been developed by the Fraunhofer Institutes for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) and Software and Systems Engineering (ISST) in Dortmund. The platform has already won many awards, among them the "Innovationspreis-IT 2011" and “elog@istics award 2012".

Konzept der Logistics Mall

Die Logistics Mall live in Aktion

Siegerliste Innovationspreis IT 2011


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Germany’s No. 1 Economic Region

The excellent infrastructure, the central location and the high qualifications of the people make North Rhine-Westphalia an economic power of international standing. In terms of numerous economic statistics, NRW is world class.


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