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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 leading exporter 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.
  • It is forecast that by 2020 at least 250,000 electric vehicles will be driving on North Rhine-Westphalia's roads.

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 70 pre-production versions of the "Street Scooter" 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
Suspension Monorail of Wuppertal: The safest means of transport
Floating Over The Wupper Source: Manfred Görgens
It sways unmistakably as you get in. Nothing about it is normal; not the platform, nor wheels, gears or brakes - all of them are on the top rather than below. Hop on for an amazing ride in this listed landmark, the suspended monorail of Wuppertal! This unique tram has been running, nay floating since 1901 over the river Wupper. Technically speaking, the cars are suspended from the single rail underneath a teal steel frame. 13 km of 468 supporting frames snake through the narrow, drawn out city on the banks of the Wupper like a centipede. It is like a gigantic carousel of sinuous tracks that run back and forth between terminal stops. 20 stations, 85,000 commuters daily, an entire trip lasts 30 minutes. Meeting no junction or traffic, space-saving, speedy and safe for good, the monorail sustains an elevated plain of operations of its own, 12 m above the river. Modernisation of this practical and wonderful landmark ensures that you continue to "Once in your life float over Wuppertal".

 

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Nowhere else in Germany is the number of foreign companies and their importance to the economy greater than in North Rhine-Westphalia

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