Top marks for North Rhine-Westphalia
In 2010, NRW.INVEST successfully supported 110 companies with their location or expansion investments. This is the best result for several years.
"The 2010 location balance of NRW.INVEST once again demonstrates impressively that we are the leading location for foreign investors in Germany," explained NRW Economics Minister Harry K. Voigtsberger at the presentation of the annual balance. In total, 196 foreign investors came to North Rhine-Westphalia last year – more than half of which received support from NRW.INVEST. The investors assisted by the state economic development agency created 3,277 new jobs in the state. This figure is 58 percent higher than in the previous year.
In 2010, the most important investments came from the United States. NRW.INVEST accompanied six American investments which created a total of 1,970 new jobs. These investment projects focused mainly on job-intensive logistics centers. "Our state is becoming more and more attractive to foreign investors as a logistics location. We have the know-how, outstanding logistical conditions, strong industry expertise, sufficient space, and qualified workers," emphasized Petra Wassner, CEO of NRW.INVEST.
In terms of the number of investment projects, China heads the list for 2010. 45 Chinese companies settled in North Rhine-Westphalia with the support of NRW.INVEST, creating around 700 jobs.