Measuring the gross domestic product (GDP) of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), it is the strongest economic region in Germany. Originally involved in the mining and steel industry, in recent years we have successfully made a structural change towards a service economy. Ten of the thirty DAX companies, are from diverse industries ranging from post to telecommunications, trade, energy, and chemistry, are based in NRW.
Companies from North Rhine-Westphalia have successfully for decades been active in China. Some examples of NRW’s direct investment in China include: ThyssenKrupp in Shanghai—a stainless steel mill, Bayer (Shanghai)—plastics production, and the metro Cash & Carry Stores. Soon to follow are the first MediaMarkt stores.
NRW is a preferred settlement location for Chinese companies in Europe. Thus, the telecommunications equipment suppliers Huawei and ZTE, as well as the manufacturing companies of Minmetals, Wuhan Iron, and Steel Corporation have opened offices in this most populous state. Leading Chinese banks such as ICBS and Bank of China have established branches in NRW.
Dirk van der Coelen
Vice Chairman, DCW Region North Rhine-Westphalia
Vice Chairwoman, DCW Region North-Rhine Westphalia
DCW events are held regularly at Industrie-Club Düsseldorf and Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK Köln).
Hot to get to the venues:
Industrie-Club e.V. Düsseldorf
Elberfelder Straße 6
40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
Phone: +49 211 139050
Fax: +49 211 327489
Website of Industrie-Club Düsseldorf
Unter Sachsenhausen 10–26
50667 Cologne, Germany
Website of IHK Cologne