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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

  • Every year approx. 800,000 cars and commercial vehicles are produced in NRW and sold on international markets.
  • 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 64 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 232 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.

Covestro Daimler AG Ford-Werke GmbH HELLA
Lanxess ThyssenKrupp
Automotive
Peter Grünberg: Nobel prize winner in physics
Father Of Gigabytes Source: © Forschungszentrum Jülich
Can you conceive of a world without multi-gigabyte hard drives or mp3 players today? The foundations for these were laid at the Research Center Jülich, where physicist Peter Grünberg discovered the Giant Magnetoresistive Effect (GMR) in December 1988 and went on to patent it soon thereafter. He at once saw the potential of his discovery to expand storage capacity phenomenally. In fact, seldom has a scientific finding made a mass market debut so swiftly. Within months of its discovery, IBM showed interest in it and Jülich and by 1997 GMR read heads for computer drives were introduced. Peter Grünberg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics ten years later. This did not come as a complete surprise to him as he had, after all, bided his time as a potential candidate for several years previously. After he was pronounced winner he candidly confessed "I was completely overwhelmed by the phone call but had secretly nursed the hope that I would bag this prize one day". Grünberg had served 32 long years as scientist at Jülich by the time he retired in 2004.

 

NRW compared

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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NRW compared

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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New opportunities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Your No. 1 investment location in Germany – Facts and figures