The automotive industry in NRW
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The automotive industry in NRW

North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the key centers of the German automotive industry. A broad spectrum of automotive enterprises operate in NRW – from internationally active corporations operating in conventional vehicle construction through a predominantly medium-sized supplier industry to innovative topics in the field of electromobility to automated and connected driving. These SMEs in particular are in a position to respond flexibly to changing market requirements and initiate new technical developments for cross-industry applications.


The automotive industry in NRW consists of 800 enterprises with a total workforce in excess of 200,000.


in NRW
One third of Germany’s automotive component suppliers are located in NRW.

63 %

export ratio
With an export ratio of 63 percent, the automotive industry is the industry with the second highest export share in NRW.

2nd Place

in vehicle construction
In the core area of the automotive industry, vehicle construction, NRW occupies 2nd place with 246 companies behind Baden-Württemberg with 306 companies, but ahead of Bavaria with 212.

Promoting new technology

The innovative strength of the automotive sector in NRW benefits from the close collaboration between industry and applied research establishments. The South Westphalian Automotive Center, for example, provides a platform for R&D activities, engineering services and knowledge transfer between automotive manufacturers, suppliers and university institutes. NRW has significant potential in the area of electromobility – thanks also to the three centers of competence in Aachen, Dortmund and Münster.

Automotive enterprises in NRW

The automotive industry in NRW consists of major international corporations as well as small and medium-sized component suppliers.:

e.GO, Ford, HELLA, Daimler.

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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Economic Development Agency of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4
40219 Düsseldorf


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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering companies based in NRW make a key contribution to security of supply, conservation of resources and efficient energy use. Numerous hidden champions develop highly specialized products in their markets for which they are internationally renowned.

인더스트리 4.0

인더스트리 4.0은 생산 공정을 혁신하며 NRW연방주가 독일의 산업 중심지로 핵심역할을 하고 있습니다. 연구와 기업 간의 긴밀한 협력, 우수한 인프라, 광범위한 ICT산업은 NRW연방주를 역동적으로 성장하는 시장으로 만듭니다.