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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 ORBIS Europe company database, more than 20,000 foreign companies have already established business operations in NRW. This equates to one fith of all multinational enterprises in Germany as a whole. Here you can find an overview of the multinational enterprises in NRW.

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.

Nortal: The company is one of Estonia's largest software developers with approximately 1,000 employees in 10 countries worldwide. Nortal designs and implements digital technologies to optimize processes for governments, businesses and the healthcare sector. The company is involved in digital transformation in Estonia and has implemented a large part of the government's e-services. At the end of 2018, Nortal opened its first office in Germany in Düsseldorf. From here, the Estonians want to contribute their knowledge to the digital transformation of the country.

L'Oréal: The French cosmetics giant has been based in Düsseldorf for almost three decades. In March 2018, L'Oréal opened its new German headquarters in the state capital for just under 1,000 employees – a true commitment to the location and also a showcase project in conceptual terms for North Rhine-Westphalia. The development of the building focused on sustainability. In addition, the new L'Oréal headquarters sets standards for a modern working environment: Architecture and working culture complement one another, both being characterized by openness and transparency.

PICNIC: With the online supermarket headquartered in the Netherlands, customers can order food home without delivery charges. Founded in 2015, the Dutch start-up already serves 175,000 households. In North Rhine-Westphalia, PICNIC now operates five locations in Düsseldorf, Krefeld, Mönchengladbach, Neuss and Viersen with around 400 employees. Here, PICNIC already reaches over 35,000 people with its delivery service and is planning additional locations.

Competence Call Center: Since the opening of its first NRW location in Essen in 2013, the Austrian provider of call center services has been on a strong growth course. Over the years, offices in Dortmund and Duisburg have been followed by another location in Essen and a branch in Aachen. In North Rhine-Westphalia, Competence Call Center employs over 2,500 staff and serves international market leaders with its call center services from here. 

International companies in NRW at a glance

e.g. AkzoNobel, Bassell Polyolefine, Demcon, Primagas, Refresco, Seacon Logistics

e.g. 3M, Amazon, FedEx, Ford, Medtronic, QVC, UPS

e.g. AO, BP, Computacenter, Dyson, Lush, Vodafone

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

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

e.g. Hisense, Huawei, Minmetals, WISCO, XCMG, ZCC Cutting Tools, ZTE

e.g. Benteler, Competence Call Center, Müllers Mühle, Papstar, Strabag, Voestalpine

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

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

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

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

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

e.g. HBL Holding, Hotel St. Petersburg, OMK Steel, Omsk Carbon, Sovtransavto

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

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

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

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

e.g. Aiptek, Asus, Benq Deutschland, Nanya Technology, QCG Computer

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

e.g. Clark Europe, CTR, Doosan, Hwacheon, Posco, Seegene

* own investigation

Sources: ORBIS Europe business database, August 2019; NRW.INVEST GmbH

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