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Investors stimulate the economy, create jobs, strenghten innovation impetus and bring new products, services and processes to NRW.

In doing so, they make a decisive contribution to the competitiveness of North Rhine-Westphalia. NRW.Global Business honors exemplary investments in NRW with the NRW.Global Business AWARD. At the same time, this acknowledgement is extended symbolically to all investors who have opted for NRW as their business location. Over the years since its inception, the NRW.Global Business Award has gone to either an individual company or several companies for their exemplary commitment to NRW and their contribution to the economic development of the state.

And the award goes to ...?

The AWARD 2023 went to companies from USA, India, Türkiye and NRW.

The red carpet is rolled out for NRW's foreign trade: Four companies could look forward to the AWARD 2023 – and each one has its own unique success story: 

Levi Strauss

The U.S. clothing manufacturer from San Francisco is building its European distribution center in Dorsten on an area of around 70,000 square meters. The innovative, green logistics facility is being constructed and operated on a former coal mine site in keeping with the principles of recycling, resource conservation and zero waste. The aim is to make the ecological footprint as positive as possible and to ensure a continuous circular economy employing the "cradle to cradle" approach. Using state-of-the-art materials handling technology, the company, which is primarily known for denim products, is expected to distribute up to 55 million items per year for the European market here in full operation from May 2024.

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

The Indian IT group has been active in Germany since 1991 and, as a provider of IT services and consulting, is advancing the digitization of companies. Its services range from application development and systems integration to digital business transformation. Among other things, TCS has more than 200 sustainability solutions that support companies in implementing ESG priorities. TCS has operated a regional delivery center in Düsseldorf since 2008, and this year added another in Bonn. The company is also active elsewhere in North Rhine-Westphalia in Leverkusen, Aachen and Wuppertal. The IT specialist has recorded significant growth in the state: A total of 1,300 people are employed at the five NRW locations, and 265 new jobs have been created.


The young Turkish technology company provides software solutions for industrial companies and energy suppliers, opening its first foreign branch in Düsseldorf in 2022. Gizil's specialty is the creation of digital twins of complex power generation and industrial plants. This allows the status of a plant to be tracked in real time and all processes to be reproduced digitally – for example, by simulating production, planning maintenance or training for incidents. The company's range of services covers the entire life cycle of such plants, enabling process optimization and the reduction of costs and CO2 emissions. Technologies such as laser scanning, smart modeling, virtual and augmented reality, and gamification are used for this purpose.


The family-owned company from Attendorn in the Sauerland region of NRW is a supplier of high-quality installation technology. With almost 5,000 employees at ten international locations, Viega has become the world market leader. Today, the company exports to over 75 countries and has a global presence with production facilities in the USA, China and India as well as its own sales organizations. This year, the family-owned company also opened a highly sustainable, smart seminar center in Attendorn, thereby also setting new standards for innovative construction. Viega's products can be found in buildings, industrial plants, shipbuilding and supply engineering, and carry the North Rhine-Westphalian Viega brand around the world – for example, to the Pentagon in Washington D.C. or the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg.

Award winners of the last years

AWARD 2022


AWARD 2021


  • The Chinese technology giant Xiaomi
  • 2G Energy, the company from Heek in the Münsterland region manufactures combined heat and power units
  • The Japanese automotive supplier Marelli
  • Enapter from Thailand, a specialist for hydrogen technology
AWARD 2020


AWARD 2019


AWARD 2018


AWARD 2017


AWARD 2016


AWARD 2015


AWARD 2014


  • The Chinese provider of information technology and telecommunications solutions HUAWEI
  • The US express and parcel delivery service UPS 
  • The French chemical company Air Liquide 
AWARD 2013


  • One of the leading manufacturers of construction machinery on the Chinese market, XCMG Europe, Krefeld.
  • The German corrugated cardboard specialist Schumacher Packaging, AirportPark FMO in Greven.
  • The Turkish communications and technology company Turkcell, Cologne.
AWARD 2012


  • The German branch of the French welding equipment manufacturer GYS in Aachen.
  • The winning duo 3M from Neuss and Kleine Logistik from Grevenbroich.
  • The Japanese company XTREME technologies GmbH, Alsdorf.
AWARD 2011


AWARD 2010


AWARD 2009


  • The Bochum development center of the Canadian Black Berry manufacturer Research in Motion Deutschland GmbH (RIM).
  • The Japanese flavor and fragrance manufacturer Takasago in Zülpich.
  • The Chinese construction machinery manufacturer SANY, based in Bedburg/Bergheim - Mühlenerft.
AWARD 2006


  • The Swedish technology company Atlas Copco, based in Essen.
  • The Finnish company Rhein Papier - a subsidiary of the Finnish paper group Myllykoski - in Hürth.
  • The Danish company Genan, based in the Dorsten/Marl industrial park.
  • The Norwegian energy producer Statkraf, based in Düsseldorf.
AWARD 2005


  • Award from the US company QVC for over 2,500 jobs created in NRW.
AWARD 2004


  • The British vacuum cleaner manufacturer Dyson with its German headquarters in Cologne.
AWARD 2003


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