The image of North Rhine-Westphalia was long dominated by the Ruhr region with its coal mines and smoking chimneys. But coal and steel have long since lost their significance. Today, the most populous federal state is a modern industrial, trade and service location with prospering cities such as Cologne, Bonn and Düsseldorf. Here is our list of the three market leaders from North Rhine-Westphalia: The presented companies belong to the largest companies in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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1. BP Europa SE, Bochum: 31.3 billion euros turnover
The well-known abbreviation “BP” stands for “British Petrolium”, one of the world’s leading petroleum companies, headquartered in London. The German activities of the group are bundled in BP Europa SE. In Germany, BP is the leading petrol station operator with around 2,500 stations and is also a major supplier of lubricants. BP is also the second largest German refinery operator. BP Europa SE operates on the market under the Aral (petrol stations) and Castrol (lubricants) brands. Independent petrol stations are also supplied. BP Europa SE employs around 5,000 people. Central German locations are Bochum and Hamburg.
2. Uniper SE, Düsseldorf: 51.0 billion euros turnover
Uniper has only been around since 2016, when energy group E.ON spun off its conventional power generation from coal, gas and hydropower and bundled them into a new company. The artificial word “Uniper” is made up of “unique” and “performance”. Since 2020, a good 75 percent of Uniper has been owned by the Finnish energy group Fortum, which in turn is majority-owned by the Finnish state. The rest of the shares are free float. Uniper currently operates a dozen power plants in Germany, as well as 17 power plants in the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Hungary. Among them are three nuclear power plants. The group has almost 12,000 employees.
3. Deutsche Telekom AG, Bonn: 101 billion euros in revenue
Deutsche Telekom is Germany’s and Europe’s largest telecommunications company. It was formed in 1995 as part of the privatization of Deutsche Bundespost, which was split into Post and Logistics, Telecommunications and Financial Services. Deutsche Telekom operates fixed and mobile networks with associated services (telephony, Internet access, data and IT services). With its subsidiary T-Mobile US, Deutsche Telekom is also one of the largest mobile communications providers in the United States. Another important subsidiary is T-Systems International – an international provider of information and communications technology (ICT) for corporate and institutional customers. The Telekom Group has over 226,000 employees.
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