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, more than 20,000 foreign companies have already established business operations in NRW. This equates to one fifth 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.
Infosys: The IT service and consulting company from Bangalore in India opened its Digital Innovation Center in Düsseldorf at the end of 2019. Here, up to 300 IT specialists bring digital transformation to life and support customers in areas such as IoT, 5G, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Infosys also promotes young digital talent in North Rhine-Westphalia: The Group has concluded partnership agreements with the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences and the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, for example, in order to organize joint training courses, research projects and scholarships.
247TailorSteel: The Dutch manufacturer of customized cut metal sheet, tubes and flashings started operating an ultra-modern, smart production plant in Hilden this year. On an area of 10,000 square meters, 45 new jobs will be created in the first year and 130 in the medium term. 247TailorSteel focuses on artificial intelligence: The company has automated all production steps so that customers can place their orders online around the clock, receive a quotation in under one minute and have the finished products delivered within 48 hours.
OrCam Technologies: The Israeli unicorn based in Jerusalem is regarded as a pioneer in the field of artificial vision and is currently building its new European headquarters in Cologne. OrCam Technologies develops camera-based visual aids for blind and visually impaired people. An attachment with a small camera records texts, people and products, analyses them with artificial intelligence and reads them out loud or describes them. The company controls its marketing, distribution and personnel management from North Rhine-Westphalia in order to further establish the product on the European market.
DPD Deutschland: Last year, the logistics group with a French parent company commissioned its largest parcel sorting center in Germany in Hamm after a construction period of only one and a half years. Upon completion, up to 200,000 parcels per day will be handled there with the help of a fully automatic sorting system. In the future, DPD Germany will create 800 new jobs in Hamm. The company is also focusing on sustainability – from low-consumption machinery to climate-friendly heating and cooling of the buildings.
International companies in NRW at a glance
e.g. AkzoNobel, Bassell Polyolefine, Demcon, Primagas, Refresco, Seacon Logistics
e.g. 3M, Amazon, FedEx, Ford, Medtronic, QVC, UPS
e.g. AO, BP, Computacenter, Dyson, Lush, Vodafone
e.g. Ineos Phenol, Lindt & Sprüngli, Rolex
e.g. Air Liquide, Bonduelle, Decathlon, L‘Oréal, Peugeot, Renault, Saint Gobain, Teleperformance, Total
e.g. Hisense, Huawei, Minmetals, WISCO, XCMG, ZCC Cutting Tools, ZTE
e.g. Benteler, Competence Call Center, Müllers Mühle, Papstar, Strabag, Voestalpine
e.g. Alps Electric, Canon, Fujifilm, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Toshiba, Toyota, Yakult
e.g. ALFA Möbel, Gökbora, Karaca Porzellan, Kässbohrer/Tirsan, Kigili, Tadim, Turbelco
e.g. Barilla, Diesel, Elettronica, TX Logistik
e.g. Atlas Copco, Ericsson, Ikea, SANDVIK, Securitas
e.g. Amica, GWI, Hoesch Design/Sanplast Group, FLT-Metall, Tele-Fonika Kable
e.g. HBL Holding, Hotel St. Petersburg, OMK Steel, Omsk Carbon, Sovtransavto
e.g. Arla Foods, Grundfos, ISS Facility Services
e.g. Kemira, Metso, Outokumpu Nirosta, UPM Kymmene/Rhein Papier
e.g. BTN Baran Telecom, Calorplast Wärmetechnik, Cellebrite, Constab Polyolefin Additives, Guhdo, Mobileye, Sabon Germany, SHL Telemedizin, Top Image Systems
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. Clark Europe, CTR, Doosan, Hwacheon, Posco, Seegene
* own investigation
Sources: ORBIS Europe business database, August 2019; NRW.INVEST GmbH