Source of ideas and innovations
North Rhine-Westphalia has a great tradition in industrial manufacturing. It is at the heart of Germany’s coal mining and energy industries and was home to the pioneers of the metal manufacturing and metalworking industries and, last but not least, the chemical industry.
North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany’s top location for the chemical and steel industries, the main industrial employer in the mechanical engineering sector and Europe’s number one energy region. A spirit of inventiveness and entrepreneurship will continue to flourish here. The managers and engineers of the future are being nurtured at 69 institutes of higher education, over 48 technology centers and 50 independent research institutes. These institutions are a source of ideas, information and innovations.
The regional capital, Düsseldorf, and Cologne with its one million inhabitants are both leading exhibition venues and attract international trade visitors throughout the year. Contacts are made here that boost economic development around the globe. Trade and industry cultivate close business links with many different companies worldwide – from Russia, India, China and Japan to the United States and Latin America.
North Rhine-Westphalia’s central location makes it a key transport hub. It is within three hours by plane of all Europe’s major cities. The region also has an extremely well-developed road network and traffic infrastructure. Goods reach their destination safely, reliably and on time by road, rail and water – a fact ensured by over 10,000 logistics companies.
Germany’s number one location for the chemical industry
Its three sites in Leverkusen, Dormagen and Krefeld-Uerdingen make CHEMPARK a major player in this region of superlatives. It offers research and production companies in the chemical industry and associated sectors everything they need to flourish – a perfect infrastructure, direct access to practically all base materials and a vast sales market. Measured in terms of sales, North Rhine-Westphalia is the number five location for the chemical
industry in Europe and number 11 in the world. A third of all consumers in the European Union live within a 500-kilometer radius of CHEMPARK – that’s around 150 million people.