The plastics industry in NRW
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The plastics industry in NRW

Advances in plastics technology exert an influence on all sectors of industry, frequently setting chains of innovation in motion and initiating significant optimization processes. The plastics industry in North Rhine Westphalia is unique within Europe to the extent that it encompasses the entire value chain. The spectrum includes small and medium-sized plastics processors, plastics machinery manufacturers, service providers, as well as major international plastics producers. The plastics industry depends heavily on scientific research and hence reaps outstanding benefits in NRW – as evidenced in the presence of 70 universities and colleges, renowned research institutes and in-company research departments.

1.100

enterprises
NRW's plastics industry comprises around 1,100 enterprises with more than 146,000 employees, plus relevant associations and scientific/educational institutions.

36.0 bn €

sales
With sales of around €36.0 billion, NRW accounts for nearly one fifth of the total revenues of the German plastics industry.

High-performance plastics made in NRW

At the RWTH Aachen University in NRW

In North Rhine-Westphalia science and industry have developed ground-breaking technologies in the area of energy efficiency and the conservation of natural resources. For example, Covestro Deutschland and its partners are investigating ways of converting waste carbon dioxide into high-quality plastics. In so doing, this harmful greenhouse gas can replace petroleum and provide a valuable resource for sustainable growth. Other projects center on the optimization of plastic materials. The DWI Institute for Interactive Materials Research at RWTH Aachen University has transferred the special frictional properties of lizard skin to plastic surfaces. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) have likewise taken nature as their model and developed self-repairing polymers based on rubber trees.

 

Plastic-manufacturing/processing companies in NRW

The major plastics manufacturing/processing companies, recycler and mechanical engineering enterprises in NRW include the following:

ENGEL, Hoffmann + Voss, LANXESS, Josef Mawick, Murtfeldt.

Kunststoffland NRW

The goal of this cluster is to enhance the competitiveness of the plastics sector by connecting all the relevant stakeholders, intensifying international cooperation and communicating North Rhine-Westphalia's benefits as a business location.

How to do business in NRW

Do you have questions about entry regulations, tax issues and relevant laws for your investment project? You can find all the important information on setting up a company and other practical answers in our Business Guide.

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化学産業

NRW州はドイツにおける化学産業の最重要拠点です。最先端研究がが進められ、また幅広い中堅企業と世界で成功を収める多くの大手企業が共存し、この一大経済拠点を形成しています。

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NRW州では、堅牢な研究環境と緊密な産学連携がイノベーションの進行速度を高める効果を発揮しています。このようなダイナミックな市場からメリットを受けているのはNRW州に拠点を置くドイツ企業、そして外国企業です。