Industrial heartland of Germany
In 2016, the industrial enterprises in North Rhine-Westphalia generated around 332 billion euros. With the Ruhr Metropolis and Südwestfalen in particular, NRW is home to the most powerful industrial regions in Europe. North Rhine-Westphalian industry contributes about 28% of the state's and nearly 20% of Germany's gross value added.
Sales by industry
In 2016, North Rhine-Westphalian industrial enterprises generated sales of around 332 billion euros – equivalent to 18.4% of total industrial sales in Germany. 18.1% of the workforce in NRW work in the industrial sector.
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.