The pharmaceutical industry in North Rhine-Westphalia is predominantly medium-sized. Around 75 percent of the companies have fewer than 250 employees. But there are also some real pharmaceutical heavyweights. Here are the TOP 3 in NRW: This article is based on the unique List of the 150 largest pharmaceutical companies in Germany.
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Place 1: Bayer Vital GmbH, Leverkusen: 43.6 billion euros (Group) sales
Bayer Vital GmbH is a subsidiary of the Bayer Group at its headquarters in Leverkusen. The subsidiary does not manufacture pharmaceuticals itself, but acts as a marketing company for the Group’s pharmaceutical business. Bayer Vital is not responsible for Bayer’s Crop Science Division. The Bayer Vital business comprises four divisions: Animal Health, Consumer Health, Pharmaceuticals and Radiology.
Place 2: Janssen-Cilag GmbH, Neuss: 1.4 billion euros turnover (2018)
Janssen-Cilag GmbH of Neuss is the German subsidiary of the Belgian pharmaceutical company Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., which in turn belongs to the US pharmaceutical and consumer goods group Johnson & Johnson. There, “Janssen” stands for the pharmaceutical division of the group and produces a wide range of drugs for serious illnesses. Janssen-Cilag Germany employs around 1,000 people.
Place 3: Grünenthal GmbH, Aachen: 1.4 billion euros turnover (2019)
Grünenthal was founded in Aachen in 1946 and was the first company allowed to launch penicillin on the German market. The company’s origins lie in a soap factory built in Stolberg in the 19th century, which later shifted to chemicals and finally pharmaceuticals. Aachen and Stolberg are still important production sites. Painkillers are a Grünenthal focus. The company operates worldwide and employs about 4,700 people.
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