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Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

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The chemical industry in NRW

North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany's principal chemical industry location. Chemical enterprises based in NRW generate more than one third of the industry's total sales revenues in Germany. NRW stands out on account of its first-class scientific research infrastructure and special blend of SMEs and global players. The chemical sector is a powerful driving force behind innovation in many other industrial value chains, due not least to its central role as a materials supplier.

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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 around 70 percent of the materials produced by the chemical industry are used in the industrial processing chain? ... that Covestro Deutschland transforms waste carbon dioxide into high-quality plastics at its plant in North Rhine-Westphalia? ... that at its plant on the Lower Rhine 3M has set a world record in adhesive bonding?

Quick Facts

  • In terms of sales revenues the North Rhine-Westphalian chemical industry ranks 5th in the EU and 14th in the world.
  • In 2016 the NRW chemical industry achieved sales of €42.3 billion – equivalent to 31.0 percent of total German sales.
  • The more than 440 chemical enterprises in NRW employ a workforce of more than 93,000 – approx. 30 percent of all employees in this industry in Germany.

Chemical parks offering sophisticated logistics and infrastructure

North Rhine-Westphalia boasts 12 chemical parks – more than any other German state. Half of the chemical industry workforce is employed in these parks. Enterprises that are interested in moving to NRW benefit from a well-developed infrastructure and sophisticated logistics services. Chemical industry locations such as Dormagen, Gelsenkirchen, Leverkusen and Marl safeguard a continuous supply of raw materials (e.g. via extensive pipeline networks) and energy (via the high-capacity power and gas grids). These locations also offer a complete portfolio of services including utility and waste disposal management, logistics services, engineering, and facility management. This creates the basis for realizing plug & play concepts when planning and operating new plant and facilities.


Chemical industry companies in NRW

The chemical industry in NRW consists of a broad spectrum of SMEs, plus numerous global players:

ALTANA AG Bayer AG Covestro AG Evonik Industries AG
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA LANXESS AG
Chemicals
Bayer Materialscience: High-tech synthetic material for innovative robot suit
Robot Suit As Therapy Aid Source: Prof.Sankai, CYBERDYNE, Inc./Univ. of Tsukuba
Long drawn-out, energy-sapping rehabilitation is usually the norm after an operation or serious illness. Complete recovery is often uncertain, especially where there is neurological damage or impairment of the musculoskeletal system. A new kind of robot suit made from innovative materials by Bayer MaterialScience can be of help in such cases. The HAL® exoskeleton serves as a successful therapy aid. The concept comes from the Japanese researcher, Yoshiyuki Sankai. His company, Cyberdyne, also manufactures the artificial limbs. The special polycarbonate used here for the casing is supplied by specialists in chemistry at Leverkusen. The HAL® (Hybrid Assistive Limb) is strapped to the arms and legs of the rehab patients. Once the wearer thinks of, say, walking or climbing steps, a computer translates nerve signals into supportive limb movements. The robot suit is already in use at over 100 rehabilitation centres in Japan and has likewise been put into service in Germany since 2012. In future, the exoskeleton could well be used also for civil protection at disaster sites.
Category
Chemicals
Region
Cologne/Bonn region

 

Further links and information

ChemCologne is the chemical industry's network in the Rhineland region.
> www.chemcologne.de

ChemSite is the chemical and plastics cluster in the Ruhr region
> www.chemsite.de

VCI NRW represents the interests of 460 chemical enterprises in NRW.
> www.nrw.vci.de

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

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Discover NRW

Discover NRW's chemical parks on an interactive map.

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Further links and information

ChemCologne is the chemical industry's network in the Rhineland region.
> www.chemcologne.de

ChemSite is the chemical and plastics cluster in the Ruhr region
> www.chemsite.de

VCI NRW represents the interests of 460 chemical enterprises in NRW.
> www.nrw.vci.de

Brochure

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