Shimadzu – half a century in NRW
The Japanese company is the world’s leading developer and supplier of analytical instruments, laboratory technology and medical devices. Shimadzu’s activities include environmental and consumer protection, “life innovation” in the context of new methods of medical diagnostics, such as the early detection of cancer, and the practical use of nanotechnology for the development of new materials for aircraft and body construction.
Founded in 1875, Shimadzu settled in Düsseldorf as early as 1968. In 1987, it shifted its German and European headquarters to Duisburg, the first ever Japanese company to settle there. In Duisburg, a state-of-the-art laboratory world with conference and training rooms was created to bring along further cutting-edge technologies.
Moreover, last year the company opened its Shimadzu European Innovation Center in NRW: an innovative think tank that combines academic scientific and technical know-how and develops innovative solutions specifically for customers. In total, Shimadzu employs around 230 people in NRW.
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors – supplier of smart mobility solutions
The Chinese automotive supplier specializes in vehicle interiors and is the world leader in this segment. In the age of autonomous driving, electromobility and even car sharing, new concepts also for vehicle interiors are called for. The product spectrum of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors ranges from center consoles, door and instrument panels to intelligent surfaces. Among the company’s clients are almost all renowned car manufacturers of the world.
Since Yanfeng Automotive Interiors was founded in 2015, it has had its European headquarters with around 600 employees in Neuss. In NRW, the company enjoys ideal conditions and networks in the state’s strong automotive supplier industry. From Neuss, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors manages a further 15 destinations all over Europe. Recently, the company has added a new innovation center where work is being conducted in various disciplines on the car interior of the future.