Industrial heartland of Germany
  2. NRW as location
  3. This speaks well for NRW
  4. Industrial heartland of Germany

Industrial heartland of Germany

In 2020, the industrial enterprises based in NRW generated sales of 320 billion euros – which is 18.1 percent of industrial sales in Germany. 19.7 percent of the employed population of NRW work in the industrial sector. With the Ruhr Metropolis as its core, NRW is the strongest industrial region in Europe. NRW is home to large industrial corporations of world standing as well as dozens of smaller companies which are leaders in their respective business fields.


Sales by industry

The NRW economy is also successful in sectors closely related to industry

B2B service providers such as consultancies, engineering offices or IT and R&D service providers contribute a great deal to innovation and added value as business partners of industrial enterprises.

The strength of industry in NRW is based to a large extent on the strength of these industry-related service companies.

  • 26.1% of sales generated by B2B service providers in the narrower sense in Germany come from NRW – more than from any other German state.
  • NRW also heads the field in terms of employment figures: 25.0% of all persons employed in Germany in B2B services work in NRW.
  • 21.2% of the companies are also based here. These figures are the result of a structural change which is also reflected in the gross value added of NRW. In 1970, 55.7% was generated in industry and only 42.3% in services; by 2019 this ratio had been more than reversed.
  • In NRW, services dominate with 72.3% compared to industry with 27.1%.
  • The number of persons employed in the service sector has increased by more than one million since 1970 to 7.4 million.

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NRW.Global Business GmbH
Trade & Investment Agency of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4
40219 Düsseldorf

Germany’s No. 1 Economic Region

The excellent infrastructure, the central location and the high qualifications of the people make North Rhine-Westphalia an economic power of international standing. In terms of numerous economic statistics, NRW is world class.


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