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

A traditional trading centre, an innovative media city, a leading logistics location, an international hub, 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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A traditional trading centre, an innovative media city, a leading logistics location, an international hub, 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! cologne digs digital.
In Cologne, around 650 digital start-ups, accounting for some 9,000 employees, generate approx. 1 billion euros in revenue. The goal of the Digital Hub Cologne initiative is to introduce start-ups to businesses, sciences and industries in order to create added value within and for the digital economy. Two key events are, for instance, the pirate summit and the startupCon. More at: 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 55,000 people earn a living money in the cultural and creative industries. The Film Festival Cologne and lit.COLOGNE are just two of many similar events. gamescom – the world’s largest gaming trade fair – plus the Games Congress & Festival also take place on the Rhine. 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. 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. 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.

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.

focus on research.
Cologne‘s environment economy is heavily focused on research and innovation. Internationally, 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.

retail’s on a roll.
From the REWE supermarket chain through Galeria Kaufhof department stores to the LEKKERLAND wholesale business, no other German city is home to so many retailer businesses. Cologne is also a major insurance centre, with Cologne-based insurers stretching from A, as in AXA, right through to Z, as in Zurich. More at: cologne.de/business and ihk-koeln.de.

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. At 11.9 million passengers and nearly 800,000 tonnes of goods processed, Cologne/Bonn Airport was Germany’s fastest growing in 2016.  More at: cologne.de/business.

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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’.

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