Top Investments of the Year 2020 – North Rhine-Westphalia| NRW

January 2020

North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany’s No. 1 investment location. Around 20,000 foreign companies have already invested here and control their German or European activities from North Rhine-Westphalia. The state maintains a consistently high level of foreign direct investments – a few highlights to be named here:

Infosys – bringing digital transformation to life

With 14,000 employees worldwide, Infosys is the market leader in next-generation digital services. At the end of 2019, the Indian IT service and consulting company opened its new technology and innovation center with up to 300 IT specialists in the state capital Düsseldorf.

They support customers in their digital transformation in areas such as IoT, 5G, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Moreover, Infosys supports and promotes young digital talent through partnership agreements with the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences and the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. They organize joint training courses, research projects and scholarships and build a bridge between the business community and local educational institutions.

247TailorSteel – AI automated manufacturing

The Dutch manufacturer opened a state-of-the-art smart production plant modelled on Factory 4.0 and revolutionized an entire industry with this innovative approach.
With the help of specially developed and automated machines, the company will produce high-quality metal products such as cut sheets, tubes and folded parts in a customized, fast and efficient manner – ordered online around the clock and delivered within 48 hours. 247TailorSteel creates 130 new jobs in Hilden in the medium term.

Thanks to its outstanding technological expertise, 247TailorSteel will strengthen North Rhine-Westphalia as a location for applied artificial intelligence.

© 247TailorSteel

OrCam Technologies – Israeli unicorn coming to Europe

Having started with a high-tech innovation in Israel, OrCam is now expanding into the European market from North Rhine-Westphalia. The company is considered a pioneer in the field of artificial vision and its camera-based visual aids for blind and visually impaired people. The product is a camera that records texts, people and products, analyses them with artificial intelligence and reads them out loud or describes them.

In order to further establish the product on the European market, OrCam built its new European headquarters for marketing, sales and personnel management in Cologne.

© OrCam

DPD Deutschland – creating sustainability in NRW

The logistics group with its French parent company has launched its largest parcel sorting center in Germany in Hamm with a new, fully automated sorting facility of 7.5 kilometers. DPD Deutschland creates 800 new jobs and will handle up to 200,000 parcels per day here.

The logistics expert DPD is once again breaking new ground in terms of digitalization and sustainability with this extremely efficient sorting facility – from low-consumption machinery to climate-friendly heating and cooling of the building.

© DPD Deutschland