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Germany's No. 1 investment location

Location factor #4

Over 20,000 foreign companies have already invested in NRW and control their German or European activities from here.

These include global concerns such as 3M, BP, Ericsson, Ford, Huawei, QVC, UPS, Toyota and Vodafone. They make NRW the No. 1 investment location in Germany. Foreign companies have thus become an important employer in the state, providing jobs for about 1.3 million people.

Strong business location for foreign direct investments

NRW is the No. 1 region for foreign capital in Germany. With 191.8 billion euros at the end of 2020, the state recorded the highest percentage (22.7 percent) of all 16 federal states of direct investments in Germany, which totaled 845.1 billion euros.

Volume of foreign direct investments in Germany 2020 (in EUR billion)

Source: Deutsche Bundesbank 7/2022 | data: as of end of 2020

Foreign companies by federal states 2020 (in percent)

Source: ORBIS Europe database, data: as of June, 2021

International companies in NRW at a glance

e.g. Lyondell Bassell Industries, Demcon, Picnic, Primagas, Refresco, Seacon Logistics, 247 Tailor Steel

e.g. BP, Computacenter, Dyson, Lush, Vodafone

e.g. 3M, Amazon, FedEx, Ford, Medtronic, QVC, TJC (TK Maxx), UPS

e.g. Keramag, Lindt & Sprüngli, Lonza, Oerlikon, Rolex


e.g. Hisense, Huawei, Minmetals, WISCO, XCMG, ZCC Cutting Tools, ZTE

e.g. Air Liquide, Bonduelle, Decathlon, L‘Oréal, Peugeot, Renault, Saint Gobain, Rigips, Teleperformance, Total

e.g. Benteler, Hasco Hasenclever, Müllers Mühle, Papstar, Strabag, Voestalpine

e.g. ALFA Möbel, Gökbora, Karaca Porzellan, Kässbohrer/Tirsan, Sarar, Tadim, Turbelco

e.g. Alps Electric, Asahi Kasei, Canon, Fujifilm, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Toshiba, Toyota

e.g. Barilla, Diesel, Elettronica, R.D.M. Arnsberg, TX Logistik

e.g. Atlas Copco, Ericsson, Ikea, SANDVIK, Securitas

e.g. GWI, Hoesch Design/Sanplast Group, FLT-Metall, Tele-Fonika Kable

e.g. Arla Foods, Grundfos, ISS Facility Services, NKT, Only Stores

e.g. HBL Holding, Hotel St. Petersburg, OMK Steel, Omsk Carbon, Sovtransavto

e.g. Kemira, Metso, Outokumpu Nirosta, Stora Enso Paper, UPM Kymmene/Rhein Papier

e.g. Albaad Deutschland, BTN Baran Telecom, Calorplast Wärmetechnik, Constab Polyolefin Additives, CoreTigo, Kornit Digital Europe, Optibus, OrCam, Safe Ride

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. Bixolon, Clark Europe, CTR, Doosan, EH Med, Hwacheon, Posco, Seegene

* own investigation

Sources: ORBIS Europe business database, August 2021; NRW.Global Business GmbH