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Investors stimulate the economy, create jobs, strenghten innovation impetus and bring new products, services and processes to NRW. In doing so, they make a decisive contribution to the competitiveness of North Rhine-Westphalia. NRW.INVEST honors exemplary investments in NRW with the NRW.INVEST AWARD. At the same time, this acknowledgement is extended symbolically to all investors who have opted for NRW as their business location.

Over the years since its inception, the NRW.INVEST AWARD has gone to either an individual company or several companies for their exemplary commitment to NRW and their contribution to the economic development of the state.


NRW.INVEST AWARD winners 2018

This year's NRW.INVEST Award went to the US online retailer Amazon, the British systems house Computacenter, the Japanese high-tech company Shimadzu and the Chinese automotive supplier Yanfeng Automotive Interiors.

Amazon: The US online retailer has greatly expanded its presence in North Rhine-Westphalia in recent years. Since the start of logistics activities eight years ago in Rheinberg and Werne, further locations in Bochum, Dortmund and Krefeld in various functions were added in 2017. In addition, Amazon operates a research and development center in Aachen. More locations for example in Mönchengladbach are planned. Amazon provides full-time employment for about 6,500 people in NRW.

Computacenter: The British IT service provider supplies complete computer networks including software and hardware to companies and public clients and is one of the highest-grossing system houses in Germany. For 25 years Computacenter has been located in Kerpen, where the construction of a new German headquarters began last year with an investment of 40 million euros. In addition, the company is renting a further 29,000 square meters in a logistics center to expand its configuration and logistics capacities.

Shimadzu: The Japanese company is the world's leading developer and supplier of analytical instruments, laboratory technology and medical devices. Founded in 1875, it settled in Düsseldorf as early as 1968 and has had its European headquarters in Duisburg since 1987. The Shimadzu European Innovation Center was opened there last year: an innovative think tank that combines academic scientific and technical know-how and develops innovative solutions specifically for customers. Shimadzu employs around 230 people in NRW.

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors: The Chinese automotive supplier specializes in vehicle interiors and is the world leader in this segment. The product spectrum ranges from center consoles, door and instrument panels to intelligent surfaces. Since Yanfeng Automotive Interiors was founded in 2015, it has had its European headquarters with around 600 employees in Neuss, from where 15 additional locations in Europe are managed. In February 2018, the company opened a new innovation center. Here, work is being conducted in various disciplines on the car interior of the future.

For fotos on the award ceremony on June 25, 2018 see our Media center.

Award winners of the last years

  • Großbritanniens führender Online-Händler für Haushaltsgeräte AO, Bergheim.
  • Der US-amerikanische Multitechnologiekonzern 3M mit Sitz in Neuss.
NRW.INVEST Award 2015
  • The Chinese provider of information technology and telecommunications solutions HUAWEI, Düsseldorf.

  • The US express and parcel delivery service UPS at Cologne/Bonn Airport.

  • The French chemical company Air Liquide based in Düsseldorf.

  • The leading Chinese manufacturer of construction machinery XCMG Europe, Krefeld.

  • The German cardboard specialist Schumacher Packaging, AirportPark FMO in Greven.

  • The Turkish communications and technology company Turkcell, Cologne.

  • The Bochum-based development center of the Canadian Blackberry manufacturer Research in Motion Deutschland GmbH (RIM).

  • The Japanese flavor and fragrance manufacturer Takasago in Zülpich.

  • The Chinese construction machinery manufacturer SANY, Bedburg/Bergheim - Mühlenerft.

  • The Swedish technology company Atlas Copcobased in Essen.

  • A subsidiary of the Finnish paper company Myllykoski, Rhein Papier in Hürth.

  • The Danish company Genan at the Dorsten/Marl site.

  • The Norwegian energy producer Statkraft in Düsseldorf.

  • The US company QVC for over 2,500 jobs created in North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • The British vacuum cleaner manufacturer Dysonfor the establishment of its German headquarters in Cologne.


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