Industrial heartland of Germany
In 2017, the industrial enterprises based in NRW generated sales of around 350 billion euros – which is 18.5 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
Among the leading industrial enterprises in NRW are:
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.