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Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

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ICT in NRW

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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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 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
TechnologieZentrumDortmund: The biggest technology centre of germany
The Hub Of Innovation In The Ruhr Region Source: TZDO
The Westphalian metropolis of Dortmund is the biggest city of the Ruhr region, the logistical location of year 2012 of North Rhine-Westphalia, and German Soccer League champions many times over. And yet the list of laurels does not end here. The TechnologieZentrumDortmund that is housed here on more than 100,000 square metres of area makes it the biggest facility of its kind in Germany. The centre provides space, infrastructure and comprehensive support to technology oriented companies and entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas. To date about 280 companies with over 8,500 employees have been set up here - among them ELMOS Semiconductors or Vestas Wind Systems, famous names in their respective fields. The fields of technology in the ten centres of excellence of the TechnologieZentrumDortmund, founded in 1985, range from Information Technology and Logistics to Biomedicine, including Microtechnology and Nanotechnology. Production and Manufacturing Technology and Electric mobility are also represented here. Technological companies of Dortmund from unique fields like Microstructure or Laser Technology are regarded as drivers of innovation globally.
Category
Information and communications technologies
Region
Ruhr Metropolis

 

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Hamburger Containerboard invests EUR20m in Gelsenkirchen

03.02.2017

Hamburger Containerboard, part of Austrian Prinzhorn Holding, European market leaders in the recycling, paper and packaging industry, invests EUR20m in the production facility in Gelsenkirchen (former Fritz Peters GmbH).


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