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Germany's No. 1 investment location

Location factor #4

Around 22,000 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 1.0 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 2021 (in percent)

Source: Orbis World, data: as of November, 2022

International companies in NRW at a glance

e.g. Bassell Polyolefine GmbH, Gazelle, Picnic FCA, Primagas Energie, Refresco Deutschland, Seacon Logistics, Suntjens Süsswaren, 247 TailorSteel

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

e.g. Geberit Keramik, Lindt & Sprüngli, Lonza, Odlo Logistik, Oerlikon, Rolex


e.g. 3M, Amazon, Cargill, FedEx, Ford, Medtronic, QVC, TK Maxx, UPS

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

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

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

e.g. Efes Deutschland, Gökbora, Karaca Porzellan, Kässbohrer/Tirsan, Sarar, Tadim

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

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

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

e.g. Amica International, Draftex Automotive, FLT-Wälzlager, Hoesch Design, Kronos

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

e.g. BTN Baran Telecom Networks, Constab Polyolefin Addivtives, Calorplast Wärmetechnik, Diva Fashions, Polytex Technologies

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

e.g. Ashok Leyland, Bharat Forge, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Steel Germany, Wipro Business

e.g. Hydro Aluminium, MHWirth, Statkraft Markets, SuperOffice, Tomra Systems

e.g. Bixolon, Clark Europe, CTR Europe, Doosan Lentjes, GigaTera EU, EH Med, Hwacheon Machinery Europe, Seegene Germany

e.g. Asus Computer, Benq Deutschland, QCG Computer

* own investigation

Sources: ORBIS Europe business database, November 2022; NRW.Global Business GmbH