Top Investments 2017 in North Rhine-Westphalia

January, 2018

New automotive line for the Norwegian aluminum manufacturer Hydro Rolled Products GmbH in Grevenbroich

The Norwegian aluminum manufacturer Hydro Rolled Products GmbH is investing 130 million euros in a new production line in Grevenbroich, increasing the capacity for aluminum body panels from 50,000 to 200,000 tonnes per year. In 2016 the Neuss-based business commissioned a new 45 million euro beverage can recycling plant.

In the new extension building of the production plant for aluminum body panels the company will manufacture state-of-the-art aluminum car doors, thereby quadrupling its capacity for the automotive industry. Under the motto “Aluminum for the Mobility of the Future”, the company aims to build safer, more comfortable and above all more environmentally friendly cars. The stable, yet very lightweight design reduces the fuel consumption and therefore the CO2 emissions of vehicles.

Hydro is a leading industrial company in Norway and a global aluminum supplier. In NRW, the company has branches in Grevenbroich, Bonn, Neuss and Dormagen. The company also operates the leading research center for the aluminum industry in Germany in Bonn.

Trivago, the world’s largest hotel search, builds a new company headquarters in Düsseldorf

Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, trivago is a global hotel search platform. Its mission is to “be the traveler’s first and independent source of information for finding the ideal hotel at the lowest rate.” As of September 2016, it offered access to approximately 1.3 million hotels in over 190 countries. The founders Rolf Schrömgens, Malte Siewert and Peter Vinnemeier today employ more than 1100 people from over 50 nationalities. They regard their team as the key to their success and care about the staff’s well-being with self-determined working hours and many perks such as company trips and supporting a healthy lifestyle from providing healthy food options to offering a number of sporting activities.

The company is currently building a new company headquarters in Düsseldorf’s Medienhafen district at a cost of 145 million euros. The campus will accommodate up to 2,000 employees on 30,000 square meters of office space.

In 2012, Expedia acquired 61 percent of trivago for 477 million euros. Today, trivago is now listed on NASDAQ under TRVG. The founders, however, did not sell many of their shares “This is because we still have a great interest in developing trivago,” explains Schrömgens.

The Japanese company Takasago Europe inaugurates its new production halls for flavoring agents in Zülpich

Takasago has invested more than 35 million euros in the expansion in Zülpich’s industrial area, thereby doubling its production capacity. The company, which is one of the five largest flavor manufacturers in the world, wants to establish itself even more firmly in the international market and advance to the top three of the industry. In Zülpich, Takasago stores about 5,000 raw materials the flavors produced from them are used in dairy products, confectionery, beverages and spices.

The Japanese company settled in NRW 25 years ago. In 1999, Takasago then started production in Zülpich with 51 employees. Today more than 300 people from 18 countries work there.

Takasago has subsidiaries in 24 countries. The customers of the globally active group include companies from the food and cosmetics industries, as well as from the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.