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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 2024 went to companies from Japan, Poland, the USA and NRW.

The red carpet is rolled out for NRW's foreign trade: Four companies could look forward to the AWARD 2024 – and each one has its own unique success story: 

Fujifilm Europe

Having started out as a pioneer of analog photography, the Japanese Fujifilm Group has reinvented itself as a high-tech company in many areas following a successful turnaround: from medical imaging and medical IT to highly developed printing systems and materials for the electronics industry. Based in North Rhine-Westphalia since 1966, the Group moved into its new European headquarters in Ratingen in 2022, thereby declaring a clear commitment to the location. With around 300 employees, Fujifilm Europe also provides important stimuli for the company's five other locations in North Rhine-Westphalia. And for climate protection: Fujifilm plans to achieve complete decarbonization by 2040.

Coding Giants

Founded in 2015, the Polish start-up Coding Giants has quickly developed into a leading provider in the EdTech sector. With an innovative e-learning platform and programming school, the company offers young people between the ages of 7 and 19 the opportunity to learn how to program computer games, mobile applications, websites and 3D graphics in a fun way. The aim is to get talented young people interested in new technologies at an early age and secure skilled workers in the long term. Coding Giants has also been on a strong expansion course in North Rhine-Westphalia since 2023: The company coordinates strategic alignment in Germany and Western Europe from its Düsseldorf base with up to 40 employees. Coding Giants is already working with a school in Mönchengladbach on a pilot project for the planned training network.


The US company Rivian develops, produces and sells electric delivery vans and SUVs and is considered one of the most promising startups in the industry in the USA. With its Electric Delivery Van (EDV) specially developed for Amazon, Rivian intends to electrify the Amazon fleet with 100,000 vehicles by 2030 and make a significant contribution to the mobility revolution in the transportation sector. Around 400 of the futuristic-looking vehicles are already driving on roads across Germany in Düsseldorf, Berlin and Munich. Due to the numerous Amazon locations in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rivian has opened its first permanent service center in Germany for vehicle maintenance in Neuss.


The Flender company from Bocholt is considered the market leader for industrial drive technology and wind power gear units. The specialist has been supplying quality products from North Rhine-Westphalia all over the world for 125 years. They are used in numerous key industries such as cement production, raw materials processing, the oil and gas industry, power generation, water and wastewater management and conveyor technology. Flender has been developing high-performance gear units, generators and couplings for wind turbines under the Winergy brand since 1981. With over 350 gigawatts of products supplied, one wind turbine out of three all over the world contains a piece of Flender and therefore a piece of North Rhine-Westphalia. The company is active at 33 locations worldwide with around 9,000 employees and is regarded as a driver of the energy transition. 

Award winners of the last years

AWARD 2023


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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