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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 chemical industry in NRW

North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany's principal chemical industry location. Chemical enterprises based in NRW generate around 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 Bayer MaterialScience 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 2015 the NRW chemical industry achieved sales of €43.9 billion – equivalent to 30.8 percent of total German sales.
  • The more than 420 chemical enterprises in NRW employ a workforce of almost 94,500 – 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 Evonik Industries AG Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

Chemicals
Alliance for Innovation: Germany's biggest alliance of universities
Innovation Through Co-operation Source: InnovationsAllianz NRW 2012
An extensive network of universities doesn’t just serve to promote research, but can also be of particular assistance to the economy. Realising this, 23 universities and polytechnics formed the InnovationsAllianz of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2007. Germany's biggest alliance of universities offers a common platform of co-operation for universities, companies, communities and social institutions. The network helps put scientific expertise into practice. Small and medium-sized enterprises in North Rhine-Westphalia get credit notes from the InnovationsAllianz, with which the alliance co-finances research assignments through state funding. Potential partners can interface at the various fora on research topics; the "InnovationsDialog NRW" is held every two years. InnovationsAllianz also consolidates interactive research and knowledge transfer among the participating universities. Additionally, the alliance actively and efficiently promotes North Rhine-Westphalia's achievements beyond regional and national borders.

 

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