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Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

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The location marketing campaign "Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen" calls on local citizens, business people, scientists and inventors and other personalities from NRW to present their outstanding achievements in a national, European and international context.

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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.

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NRW.INVEST GMBH

Economic Development Agency of the
German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4, 40219 Düsseldorf, Germany

+49 211 13000-0
+49 211 13000-154

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.

Mechanical engineering
45.5
Chemicals
42.3
Food, beverages
38.8
Metal production and processing
35
Automotive
33.6
Metal products
31.8
Electrical engineering, ecletronics
28.6
Rubber, plastic
15.6
Glass, ceramics, non-metallic minerals
7.5

Among the leading industrial enterprises in NRW are:

Aldi Bayer Bertelsmann BP Europa
Deutsche Post Deutsche Telekom E.ON Evonik Industries
Ford-Werke Henkel Hochtief Lekkerland
Lufthansa Metro Oetker-Gruppe Rewe
RWE ThyssenKrupp

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.

  • 27.4% 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: 25.5% of all persons employed in Germany in B2B services work in NRW.
  • 21.6% 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 2016 this ratio had been more than reversed.
  • In NRW, services dominate with 72.1% compared to industry with 27.5%.
  • The number of persons employed in the service sector has increased by more than one million since 1970 to 7.1 million.

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