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Multinational enterprises in NRW

Every year, more and more multinational enterprises decide to invest in North Rhine-Westphalia. According to the ORBIS Europe company database, around 20,000 foreign companies have already established business operations in NRW. This equates to approx. one quarter of all multinational enterprises in Germany as a whole. Here you can find an overview of the multinational enterprises in NRW.

Outstanding investment projects in NRW

Alongside the many compelling economic and infrastructure-related arguments in favor of North Rhine-Westphalia, NRW stands out on account of its cosmopolitan atmosphere and hospitality. Cultural diversity is a defining feature of NRW. For example, Cologne has a broad-based Chinese infrastructure (medical professionals, service providers, schools etc.). Over the past 150 years of lively economic and cultural exchange with Japan, Europe’s third largest Japanese community has emerged in the city of Düsseldorf. Due to these favorable conditions, foreign investors feel at home in NRW, both culturally and economically.

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.

International companies in NRW at a glance

e.g. AkzoNobel, HEMA, Philips, Qiagen, Seacon Logistics, TNT Express

e.g. 3M, Amazon, FedEx, Ford, Johnson Controls, Medline, QVC, UPS

e.g. Ineos Phenol, Lindt & Sprüngli, Rolex

e.g. AB Elektronik, AO, BP, Computacenter, Dyson, Vodafone

e.g. Huawei, Genertec, Hisense, Minmetals, ShangGong, XCMG, ZTE

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

e.g. Competence Call Center, Papstar, Strabag, Voestalpine

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

e.g. Barilla, Diesel, Elettronica, TX Logistik

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

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

e.g. Amica, Hoesch Design/Sanplast Group, FLT-Metall, Medort, Raben, Tele-Fonika Kable

e.g. HBL Holding, OMK Steel, Omsk Carbon, Rosneft, Sovtransavto

e.g. Arla Foods, Grundfos, ISS Facility Services

e.g. Kemira, Metso, UPM Kymmene/Rhein Papier

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

e.g. BTN Baran Telecom, Calorplast Wärmetechnik, Cellebrite, Constab Polyolefin Additives, Guhdo, Mobileye, Sabon Germany, SHL Telemedizin, Top Image Systems

e.g. Aiptek, Asus, Fortron Source, Nanya Technology, XpertVision

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

e.g. Bixolon Europe, Clark Europe, Doosan Machine Tools Europe, GigTera EU, Hwacheon, LG Electronics EU, Meta Biomed, Posco, Unitech Deutschland

* own investigation

Sources: ORBIS Europe business database, June 2017; NRW.INVEST GmbH