Germany's No. 1 investment location

Germany's No. 1 investment location

Over 20,000 foreign companies have already invested in NRW and control their German or European activities from here. These include global concerns such as 3M, BP, Ericsson, Ford, Huawei, QVC, UPS, Toyota and Vodafone. They make NRW the No. 1 investment location in Germany. Foreign companies have thus become an important employer in the state, providing jobs for about 1.3 million people.


International companies in NRW at a glance

e.g. Lyondell Bassell Industries, Demcon, Picnic, Primagas, Refresco, Seacon Logistics, 247 Tailor Steel

e.g. AO, BP, Computacenter, Dyson, Lush, Vodafone

e.g. 3M, Amazon, FedEx, Ford, Medtronic, QVC, TJC (TK Maxx), UPS

e.g. Keramag, Lindt & Sprüngli, Lonza, Oerlikon, Rolex

e.g. Hisense, Huawei, Minmetals, WISCO, XCMG, ZCC Cutting Tools, ZTE

e.g. Air Liquide, Bonduelle, Decathlon, L‘Oréal, Peugeot, Renault, Saint Gobain, Rigips, Teleperformance, Total

e.g. Benteler, Hasco Hasenclever, Müllers Mühle, Papstar, Strabag, Voestalpine

e.g. ALFA Möbel, Gökbora, Karaca Porzellan, Kässbohrer/Tirsan, Sarar, Tadim, Turbelco

e.g. Alps Electric, Asahi Kasei, Canon, Fujifilm, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Toshiba, Toyota

e.g. Barilla, Diesel, Elettronica, R.D.M. Arnsberg, TX Logistik

e.g. Atlas Copco, Ericsson, Ikea, SANDVIK, Securitas

e.g. GWI, Hoesch Design/Sanplast Group, FLT-Metall, Tele-Fonika Kable

e.g. Arla Foods, Grundfos, ISS Facility Services, NKT, Only Stores

e.g. HBL Holding, Hotel St. Petersburg, OMK Steel, Omsk Carbon, Sovtransavto

e.g. Kemira, Metso, Outokumpu Nirosta, Stora Enso Paper, UPM Kymmene/Rhein Papier

e.g. Albaad Deutschland, BTN Baran Telecom, Calorplast Wärmetechnik, Constab Polyolefin Additives, CoreTigo, Kornit Digital Europe, Optibus, OrCam, Safe Ride

e.g. Ashok Leyland, Bharat Forge, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Group, Wipro

e.g. Aiptek, Asus, Benq Deutschland, Nanya Technology, QCG Computer

e.g. Hydro Aluminium, Oldo Sports, Statkraft Markets, SuperOffice, Tomra Systems

e.g. Bixolon, Clark Europe, CTR, Doosan, EH Med, Hwacheon, Posco, Seegene


* own investigation

Sources: ORBIS Europe business database, August 2021; NRW.Global Business GmbH

Top places in the "fDi - European Cities and Regions of the Future 2020/2021" Award

European Cities & Regions of the Future 2020/2021 - Best FDI Strategy Winner - NRW

Both the figures and the survey results confirm NRW as the No. 1 investment location: North Rhine-Westphalia is one of Europe's leading regions for business and investment – this is confirmed by the "European Cities and Regions of the Future 2020/2021" ranking of fDi Magazine, a subsidiary of the Financial Times Group. In the European location comparison conducted every two years, North Rhine-Westphalia once again demonstrates its strengths in numerous categories. For example, the state took first place in the "FDI Strategy" category for attracting foreign direct investment and second place in the overall result of the most sustainable "Large" or "Western European Regions" with more than four million inhabitants behind the Paris region. The location also does well in the overall ranking, coming in third behind the Paris and Dublin metropolitan areas.

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