Germany at its Best

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen



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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In North Rhine-Westphalia information and communication technology (ICT) is spearheading the digital transformation of the entire economy. Business leaders, researchers and investors in NRW can access all the know-how they need in order to shape the coming 4th industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). On account of its innovative capabilities the North Rhine-Westphalian ICT sector is unlocking new sources of value added, creating new jobs – and is an economic powerhouse in its own right. No other federal state in Germany boasts a similar density of ICT enterprises – ranging from SMEs and software start-ups to telecoms giants.

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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 North Rhine-Westphalia leads the rest of Germany in terms of broadband access? ... that the Düsseldorf-based company Cumulocity has developed software that facilitates mobile communication between machines? ... that Düsseldorf ranks as Germany's "Mobile Capital"?

Quick Facts

  • The around 23,600 ICT enterprises in North Rhine-Westphalia employed 206,000 men and women in 2014 and generated combined sales revenues of approx. €101 billion. This is equivalent to 16.2 percent of NRW's gross domestic product.
  • The IT industry in NRW employs a workforce of 174,000 and generates sales of approx. €43 billion.
  • In 2014 the telecommunications sector in NRW generated sales of approx. €57 billion and employed a workforce of around 32,000.

NRW is shaping the digital revolution

NRW's strong industrial structures – coupled with the existence of numerous innovative IT enterprises and research organizations – create ideal conditions for investment in the digital transformation of the economy. For example, NRW has outstanding economic and scientific resources at its disposal for the development of large-scale IT security solutions. The Ruhr region in general (and Bochum in particular) is home to the largest concentration of IT security service providers in Germany. The state government has launched a special initiative to support spin-offs from universities and research establishments. Last but not least the initiative "Digitale Wirtschaft NRW" ("Digital Economy NRW") builds bridges between start-ups, research organizations and the business community. 

ICT companies in NRW

The line-up of ICT companies in NRW includes international market leaders in the IT sector as well as major players in the telecoms industry:

Atos Deutsche Telekom Ericsson Fujitsu
HP Huawei Technologies IBM Itelligence
Materna Toshiba Vodafone
Information and communications technologies
OLED: The first OLED lighting run on alternating current
Light Without Bulbs Source: Philips Technologie GmbH
A closet doubling as light source for a bedroom or wallpaper that glows over large areas, creating a warm atmosphere in a room completely devoid of light bulbs. Two ideas that might well become reality in a few years. Even now there are hardly any limitations placed on the creativity of furniture or interior designers. These innovative lighting ideas have their source in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Just a few millimetres thin, they are capable of emitting soft, diffused lighting over entire surfaces. Scientists from Philips Technologie GmbH in Aachen have successfully applied domestic AC to light up these tiny wafer thin glass sheets. This also sounds the death knell for clunky adaptors. Designers and manufacturers have been invited by Lumiblade Creative Lab in Aachen to test ideas based on OLED technology. In times to come, it is completely conceivable that an electrician might be called to change the wallpaper at home, with a high-tech foil tucked under his arm and a lighting concept in his head.
Information and communications technologies
Aachen region




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