ICT in NRW
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ICT in NRW

In North Rhine-Westphalia information and communication technology (ICT) is spearheading the digital transformation of the entire economy. Business leaders, researchers and investors in NRW can access all the know-how they need in order to shape the coming 4th industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). On account of its innovative capabilities the North Rhine-Westphalian ICT sector is unlocking new sources of value added, creating new jobs – and is an economic powerhouse in its own right. No other federal state in Germany boasts a similar density of ICT enterprises – ranging from SMEs and software startups to telecoms giants.

106 bn €

sales revenues
More than 24,300 ICT enterprises in NRW employed around 228,200 people in 2017 and generated combined sales revenues of approx. €106 billion.

48 bn €

IT industry in NRW
The IT industry in NRW employs a workforce of more than 193,400 and generates sales of over €48 billion.

57 bn €

generated sales
In 2017 the telecommunications sector in NRW generated sales of more than €57 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 33,700.

NRW is shaping the digital revolution

NRW's strong industrial structures – coupled with the existence of numerous innovative IT enterprises and research organizations – create ideal conditions for investment in the digital transformation of the economy. For example, NRW has outstanding economic and scientific resources at its disposal for the development of large-scale IT security solutions. The Ruhr region in general (and Bochum in particular) is home to the largest concentration of IT security service providers in Germany. The state government has launched a special initiative to support spin-offs from universities and research establishments. Last but not least the initiative "Digitale Wirtschaft NRW" ("Digital Economy NRW") builds bridges between startups, research organizations and the business community.

 

ICT companies in NRW

The line-up of ICT companies in NRW includes international market leaders in the IT sector as well as major players in the telecoms industry:

Atos, Computacenter, Deutsche Telekom, ERICSSON, FUJITSU, HUAWEI, itelligence, MATERNA, Telefonica Deutschland, Vodafone.

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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Digital Economy

The digital location NRW is characterized by a high density of industrial and commercial companies, innovative start-ups and a broad-based ICT sector. Together they are driving digital change forward. New business models, services and products are emerging.

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is revolutionizing the production process – and NRW, as Germany's industrial heartland, plays a key role here. The close cooperation between research and businesses, the outstanding infrastructure and broad-based ICT sector make North Rhine-Westphalia a dynamically fast-growing market.