Top Investments of the Year 2018 – North Rhine-Westphalia| NRW

December 2018

Amazon – continuing to grow in NRW

The US online retailer Amazon has greatly expanded its presence in NRW in recent years. As one of Europe’s major transportation hubs, NRW offers ideal conditions for the company’s logistics activities. Thanks to the central location and outstanding infrastructure, Amazon can focus on its core business here: quick and reliable deliveries.

Ever since the first distribution centers in Rheinberg and Werne were opened in 2010, Amazon has been continually adding locations in NRW. Since 2017, there has been a distribution center in Bochum as well as Germany’s first sorting center in Krefeld. Moreover, a year ago Amazon opened Europe’s most modern redistribution center in Dortmund.

Currently, Amazon is constructing another distribution center in Mönchengladbach where 1,000 employees supported by 4,000 robots will be working. In addition, the online retailer operates a research and development center in Aachen. In close cooperation with RWTH Aachen University, the company here concentrates on the development of innovative digital products. All in all, Amazon provides full-time employment for about 6,500 people in NRW.

Amazon logistics center in Rheinberg © Amazon

Computacenter – implementing the digital change

The British company Computacenter is one of the biggest IT service providers in NRW and one of the highest-grossing system houses in Germany. The IT experts advise their clients from public and private sectors on their IT strategies, thus helping to make digital change become reality. Computacenter supplies complete computer networks including software and hardware, fully supports the IT departments and constructs entire data centers.

For 25 years, Computacenter’s  German headquarters has been located in Kerpen . Due to its continual success in Germany and steadily rising sales figures, the company has invested 40 million euros in the construction of new headquarters. On 8,000 square meters, about 600 jobs are going to be created. In addition, the company is renting a further 29,000 square meters in a logistics center to expand its configuration and logistics capacities.

Computacenter headquarters in Kerpen © Computacenter

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.

Yanfeng new innovation center in Neuss © Yanfeng Automotive Interiors