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Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

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The location marketing campaign "Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen" calls on local citizens, business people, scientists and inventors and other personalities from NRW to present their outstanding achievements in a national, European and international context.

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The automotive industry in NRW

North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the key centers of the German automotive industry. A broad spectrum of auto enterprises operate in NRW – ranging from major globally operating carmakers to small and medium-sized component suppliers and electromobility specialists. These SMEs in particular are in a position to respond flexibly to changing market requirements and initiate new technical developments for cross-industry applications.

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NRW.INVEST GMBH

Economic Development Agency of the
German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4, 40219 Düsseldorf, Germany

+49 211 13000-0
+49 211 13000-154

Did you know... 

...that the Ford car plant in Cologne is one of the most modern and productive of its kind in Europe? ...that the Bochum-built "Solar <br />World GT" vehicle travelled around the world in 414 days powered solely by the sun? ...that North Rhine-Westphalia is a central location for Germany’s automotive supply industry?

Quick Facts

  • The automotive industry in NRW consists of 800 enterprises with a total workforce in excess of 200,000.
  • One third of Germany’s automotive component suppliers are located in NRW.
  • With an export ratio of around 63 percent, the automotive industry is the industry with the second highest export share in NRW.
  • In the core area of the automotive industry, vehicle construction, NRW occupies 2nd place with 235 companies behind Baden-Württemberg with 306 companies, but ahead of Bavaria with 212.
  • NRW ranks among the top three German states in terms of both new registrations and stock of purely battery-powered vehicles.

Promoting new technology

The innovative strength of the automotive sector in NRW benefits from the close collaboration between industry and applied research establishments. The South Westphalian Automotive Center, for example, provides a platform for R&D activities, engineering services and knowledge transfer between automotive manufacturers, suppliers and university institutes. NRW has significant potential in the area of electromobility – thanks also to the three centers of competence in Aachen, Dortmund and Münster. Together with 80 technology partners, scientists at RWTH Aachen University have developed the innovative electrically powered "Street Scooter" with a range of 130 kilometers and a top speed of 120 kilometers per hour. Deutsche Post DHL has assumed responsibility for this project and is deploying around 3,400 "Street Scooters" for its day-to-day parcel and mail delivery operations.


Automotive enterprises in NRW

The automotive industry in NRW consists of major international corporations as well as small and medium-sized component suppliers.

Daimler AG Ford-Werke GmbH e.GO Mobile StreetScooter
Behr-Hella Thermocontrol Benteler DELPHI Hella
Kautex Textron Leopold Kostal Rheinmetall ThyssenKrupp
Automotive
Bea-Tricks: The biggest cruising range for an electric car
World Record Journey In An E-Mobile Source: BEA-tricks Herne
A Citroën Berlingo converted into an electric-mobile began its record-breaking journey on 17th October 2011 in Flensburg. The destination of the car equipped with special battery technology was Munich, located a 1,000 kilometres away. After a 17-hours journey on country roads and highways at speeds of 50 to 80 km per hour the car reached the southern metropolis. The electric-mobile covered the entire stretch on public roads and therefore under actual traffic conditions, and with just one battery recharge, to set a new range record. BEA-tricks, the company based in Herne, is at the helm of this outstanding achievement. It carries out the modification of sub-compact cars into eco-friendly and efficient electric-mobiles with a conversion-kit specially designed for this. As a result, a great many cars, especially those with engine troubles, have already been recycled and saved from being relegated to the junkyard. The company owes its reputation across the length and breadth of Europe to this concept of modern automobile recycling. This smart solution "Made in Herne" has in fact even reached the distant shores of China.

 

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