on stream. business in cologne.

  • The TATORT Commissioners Max Ballauf (Klaus J. Behrendt, r) and Freddy Schenk (Dietmar Baer) on the Rhine © WDR Markus Tedeskino
    The TATORT Commissioners Max Ballauf (Klaus J. Behrendt, r) and Freddy Schenk (Dietmar Baer) on the Rhine © WDR Markus Tedeskino

An international hub, a traditional trading centre, an innovative media city, a leading logistics location, a cradle of the automotive industry, an insurance metropolis: Cologne is one of the Europe’s most important business centres. The city is located in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), one of Germany’s most populous and economically significant federal states. NRW is home to some 18 million inhabitants as well as innovative industrial sectors, such as digital, biotechnology and life science that are ever gaining in significance. start-ups! ...

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An international hub, a traditional trading centre, an innovative media city, a leading logistics location, a cradle of the automotive industry, an insurance metropolis: Cologne is one of the Europe’s most important business centres. The city is located in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), one of Germany’s most populous and economically significant federal states. NRW is home to some 18 million inhabitants as well as innovative industrial sectors, such as digital, biotechnology and life science that are ever gaining in significance.

start-ups! young & succesfull.

13,000 employees at work: Cologne and its surroundings are one of the hot spots when it comes to business creations in Germany. The 650 digital start-ups in the city generate approx. 1 billion euros in revenue per year.
FOND OF is a show case of Innovative entrepreneurship. On their production site in the Ehrenfeld district, 211 employees produce bags of all kinds from recycled materials – a concept, for which the company was awarded the German Entrepreneur Award 2017 and the German Sustainability Award 2016.

Sven-Oliver Pink, co-founder of FOND OF, tells us about challenges, the company’s employee-philosophy and why they chose Cologne as a location.

The City of Cologne supports the sector with a variety of initiatives. The Digital Hub Cologne aims to introduce start-ups to businesses, sciences and industries in order to create added value within and for the digital economy. Further information on key events, such as the pirate summit and the startupCon can be found in our event calendar and through: startupregion.koeln.

media meets games!

Leading TV stations such as WDR and RTL produce approximately one-third of their content in Cologne. The city is also home to numerous radio stations, more than 70 publishers, over 600 TV production companies and two media universities. Some 58,000 people earn a living money in the cultural and creative industries. The Film Festival Cologne and lit.COLOGNE are just two of the major events in the film and literature sector.

The biggest gaming trade fair in the world, the gamescom, plus the Games Congress & Festival also take place at the Rhine. dmexco is the global business and innovation platform of the digital economy. This is the meeting place for makers and shakers, visionaries, marketing and media professionals, techies and creative thinkers. Internationally established players from the computer and video game industries such as Microsoft, Electronic Arts and Turtle Entertainment are also based in Cologne. Research into these topics is being carried out at the University of Cologne‘s Institute of Media Culture and Theatre as well as the Cologne Game Lab at the TH Köln University of Applied Sciences. 50.000 decision makers from all over the world are gathering at dmexco in six expo halls and on several conference stages. More at: medienstadt.koeln.

car crazy since 1876.

The history of Cologne’s car industry begins with the invention of the Otto engine. Automobile companies from all over the world have parked their headquarters in Cologne ever since – including Citroën, DAF, Mazda, Renault and Toyota. With 18,500 employees based on the Rhine, Ford even has its European headquarters here. More at: cologne.de/business.

ready, steady, go!

Highly specialised logistics providers, Germany’s third largest air freight hub, the huge intermodal Cologne Eifeltor freight transport centre and Germany’s second largest inland harbor combined with very good infrastructure provide businesses with the best conditions regardless of their sector. The Cologne/Bonn Airport was breaking records in 2017 again: 12.4m passengers took off and landed at  here. And air freight was up by 7%. More at: cologne.de/business.

a chemical & pharmaceutical powerhouse.

Constituting the Rhineland region’s main industrial sector, chemical and pharmaceuticals businesses based around Cologne comprise some 250 companies and employ some 70,000 staff. Global companies, including Bayer, LANXESS, ExxonMobilChemical and INEOS, are all located in the region, with just under 22 percent of German chemical industry revenue being generated here. More at: chemcologne.de.

future-proofed through biotech.

With 20 companies in and around the city and over 40 in the region, Cologne counts as one of Europe’s leading biotech and life science regions. Key benefits of the location are its proximity to important chemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as its well-developed research and academic infrastructure. More at: bioriver.de and biocampuscologne.de.

innovative. environment economy in cologne.

Cologne’s environment economy is heavily focused on research and innovation. Inter-nationally, Cologne is often seen as a smart city and as providing an example for reforms in environmental protection. Ideas and local projects on the “climate and renewal energies” as well as efficient transport and energy connections can be found at smartcity-cologne.de

at the cutting edge of the service sector.

As a leading insurance location, Cologne is proud to be home to the newly created InsureLab Germany, a platform that promotes digital transformation across the industry. The “Lab” connects established companies, universities and start-ups, both nationally and across boarders. The city is also renowned as a trade-centre: it has the highest number of wholesale, retail and foreign trade institutions in Germany. Find out more at cologne.de/business and ihk-koeln.de

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Meeting Point Cologne

Cologne and its surrounding areas boast a long trading and industrial tradition. All in all, it’s home to a future-proof mix of industries. Find out more in our section ‚Meeting Point Cologne’.

We would be pleased to send you the "Meeting Point Cologne" as a print brochure. Also don't miss to read through our interviews with inspiring characters from the science and business sectors in Cologne.