New materials in NRW
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New materials in NRW

Companies in the new materials sector profit from the fact that North Rhine-Westphalia has one of Europe's densest research networks. Major 'innovation regions' have emerged around the cities of Aachen, Bochum and Paderborn. Since 2008 the Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS) at Bochum University has been using computer simulation techniques in order to create innovative materials. The Institute of Materials Research at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is exploring new applications in the aerospace, energy and automotive sectors. A further focus for innovation is the Jülich Research Center, which has created new materials for fuel cells.

720,000

employees
More than 720,000 employees, sales revenues of over €200 billion and more than 6,000 enterprises and research organizations in NRW are linked to new materials.

22

universities and co
More than 22 universities and non-university establishments, including approx. 120 departments specialized in materials research, in NRW are conducting research into new materials.

Leading position in technical textiles

North Rhine-Westphalia has developed extensive skills in the area of technical textiles and textile composites. Alongside outstanding scientific research establishments, NRW also boasts a large number of materials manufacturing and processing enterprises, some of which can look back on a long tradition.

SAERTEX - Leading manufacturer of composite material for strengthening plastics

For instance, the Münsterland-based company SAERTEX produces strong lightweight materials that can be tailored to a broad range of applications, e.g. bridge components, ships, airplanes, wind power installations and sports equipment.

AUNDE - Leading manufacturer of automobile textiles

AUNDE in Mönchengladbach manufactures innovative technical textiles for the automotive and aerospace industries. AUNDE ranks among the global market leaders for automotive textiles, cloth and leather seat covers for car interiors.

NMWP.NRW

Specializing in nanomaterials, micromaterials and photonics, this cluster promotes various cross-industry technologies that have a strong leverage effect for North Rhine-Westphalia.

How to do business in NRW

Do you have questions about entry regulations, tax issues and relevant laws for your investment project? You can find all the important information on setting up a company and other practical answers in our Business Guide.

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A strong research landscape and the close connectivity of industry and science in NRW contribute to high innovation speed. Companies from Germany and abroad benefit from the market dynamics of these key technologies.

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NRW is the most important chemical location in Germany. The industry location is characterized by first-class research as well as a special mix of a broad range of medium-sized companies and numerous internationally successful large corporations.