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Multinational enterprises in NRW

Every year, more and more multinational enterprises decide to invest in North Rhine-Westphalia. According to the Amadeus company database, more than 19,000 foreign companies have already established business operations in NRW. This equates to approx. one quarter of all multinational enterprises in Germany as a whole. Here you can view a list of all the multinational enterprises in NRW. Multinational companies in NRW at a glance.

Outstanding investment projects in NRW

Alongside the many compelling economic and infrastructure-related arguments in favor of North Rhine-Westphalia, NRW stands out on account of its cosmopolitan atmosphere and hospitality. Cultural diversity is a defining feature of NRW. For example, Cologne has a broad-based Chinese infrastructure (medical professionals, service providers, schools etc.). Over the past 150 years of lively economic and cultural exchange with Japan, Europe’s third largest Japanese community has emerged in the city of Düsseldorf. Due to these favorable conditions, foreign investors feel at home in NRW, both culturally and economically.

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

The British cosmetics manufacturer opened its production facility in June 2016 in Düsseldorf – the company’s biggest investment on the European mainland. On a 10,700 square-meter site, the company manufactures products for Germany, France, Benelux and Sweden. The company already employs 300 workers here in distribution and manufacturing.

Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH

The Norwegian aluminum manufacturer is investing 130 million euros in a new production line in Grevenbroich, increasing the capacity for aluminum body panels from 50,000 to 200,000 tonnes per year. In 2016 the Neuss-based business commissioned a new 45 million euro beverage can recycling plant.

Teleperformance Germany

The French contact center service provider opened the new branch in April 2016 in Mönchengladbach, where it rented around 3,000 square meters in a new office complex in the Nordpark commercial zone. Teleperformance intends to invest 3.8 million euros, thereby creating around 400 jobs by the end of 2017. The company had previously set up its German headquarters in Dortmund.


The startup founded in Düsseldorf is currently building a new company headquarters in Düsseldorf's Medienhafen district at a cost of 145 million euros. The campus will accommodate up to 2,000 employees on 30,000 square meters of office space. Five years ago, Trivago sold the majority of its shares to the US company Expedia and is now listed on the New York stock exchange NASDAQ.

International companies in NRW at a glance

e.g. AkzoNobel, Basell Polyolefine, HEMA, Hunkemöller, Philips, Qiagen, Refresco, Seacon Logistics, Suntjens Süßwaren

e.g. 3M, Amazon, FedEx, Ford, Johnson Controls, Medline, QVC, UPS

e.g. Ineos Phenol, Lindt & Sprüngli, Rolex

e.g. AB Elektronik, AO, BP, Computacenter, Dyson, Vodafone

e.g. Huawei, Genertec, Hisense, Minmetals, ShangGong, XCMG, ZTE

e.g. Air Liquide, Bonduelle, Decathlon, L‘Oréal, Renault, Saint Gobain, Teleperformance, Total

e.g. Competence Call Center, Papstar, Strabag, Voestalpine

e.g. Alps Electric, Canon, Fujifilm, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Toshiba, Toyota, Yakult

e.g. Barilla, Diesel, Elettronica, TX Logistik

e.g. HBL Holding, OMK Steel, Omsk Carbon, Rosneft, Sovtransavto

e.g. ALFA Möbel, Gökbora, Kässbohrer/Tirsan, Sarar, Tadim, Turbelco

e.g. Atlas Copco, Ericsson, Ikea, SANDVIK, Securitas

e.g. Arla Foods, Grundfos, ISS Facility Services

e.g. Amica, Hoesch Design/Sanplast Group, FLT-Metall, Medort, Raben, Tele-Fonika Kable

e.g. Kemira, Metso, UPM Kymmene/Rhein Papier

e.g. Ashok Leyland, Bharat Forge, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Group, Wipro

e.g. BTN Baran Telecom, Calorplast Wärmetechnik, Cellebrite, Constab Polyolefin Additives, Guhdo, Mobileye, Sabon Germany, SHL Telemedizin, Top Image Systems

e.g. Aiptek, Asus, Fortron Source, Nanya Technology, XpertVision

e.g. Hydro Aluminium, Statkraft Markets, SuperOffice, Tomra Systems

e.g. Bixolon Europe, Clark Europe, Doosan Machine Tools, Hwacheon Machinery, LG Technology Center Europe, Meta Biomed, Posco

* own investigation

Sources: ORBIS Europe business database, June 2016; NRW.INVEST GmbH


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