Our Excel list of the largest German companies is a unique, unprecedented product. With just a few clicks you can download the most up-to-date (last update: 14.09.2021) overview of the German business world, filter out relevant contacts and contact them by mail, post or telephone.
Statistics on our list of the 5,000 largest German companies
With the following statistics we give a helpful insight into our unique Excel list. We show you which industries are covered in which degree of detail, which federal states are particularly represented and from which cities most of the companies in our list come from.
Which industries are covered?
You can quickly see from the bar chart: Germany’s economy is based on a multitude of strong industrial companies. Our database contains over 1,200 industrial companies. But other industries also play a role: the chemical industry with over 600 entries or trade and food with over 300 entries. Growth industries such as IT are also part of our database.
From which federal states of Germany do the companies come?
Most of the companies come from North Rhine-Westphalia – according to the population figures. The western federal state is home to over 800 companies from our list. Also strongly represented is the industrial south with Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.
From which cities do the companies come?
Most companies in our list are located in the top 3 cities: Munich, Hamburg and Berlin. Other relevant cities include Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Cologne.
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Frequently asked questions about our list of the largest companies in Germany
The most important questions about our list of the largest companies Germany
We present all data points contained in the Excel list using the example of the largest German company – Volkswagen AG:
- Company | Volkswagen AG
- Legal form | AG
- Branch | Industry
- Subdivision | Vehicle manufacturer
- Field of activity | Trucks, Cars
- Revenue 2018 (in €M) |235.849 | based on financial statements; if a holding company exists, data rely on its financial statement
- Revenue 2017 (in €M) | 229.550 | based on financial statements; if a holding company exists, data rely on its financial statement
- Revenue 2016 (in €M) | 217.267 | based on financial statements; if a holding company exists, data rely on its financial statement
- Revenue 2015 (in €M) | 213.292 |based on financial statements; if a holding company exists, data rely on its financial statement
- Employees | 671.213 | based on financial statements; if a holding company exists, data rely on its financial statement
- Holding company | … | filled out if holding company exists, otherwise empty
- Federal state | Lower Saxony
- County | Wolfsburg, City
- City | Wolfsburg
- Postal code | 38440
- Address | Berliner Ring 2
- E-Mail | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone | +49 5361 9 0
- Executives | Herbert Diess, Oliver Blume, Markus Duesmann, Gunnar Kilian, Hiltrud D. Werner, Frank Witter
- URL | https://www.volkswagen.de
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The companies included in the list can be found through various sources: Internet research, public registers, analysis of relevant news, investigation of relevant transactions, our extensive personal network. Hundreds of hours of detailed, high-quality research flow into each of our lists. All data points that we can enter via publicly available sources are included in our lists.
Every data point for which there is publicly available information is filled out in our lists. However, if we do not have an e-mail address or we do not know whether a company is investing in a particular area, we fill this field with an “n.a.”. In most cases we achieve a data coverage of over 90%. If you want to know the exact coverage of the list – e.g. how many e-mail addresses are available – our team will be happy to help you.
Our lists are always delivered as handy Excel files. On request we can also send you the list as a CSV file.
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Our lists contain – if publicly available – address, telephone number, e-mail addresses and management names of the listed companies. For privacy reasons, we may only include information that is publicly available or provided by the companies. If no data points are available, there is an “n.a.” in the corresponding field.
Due to the DSGVO our lists do not contain personal e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Our lists contain publicly available contact data or contact data provided by the companies (e-mail address, telephone number, postal address, names of directors).
Our lists do not contain any personal contact data that is specifically protected by the European Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO). Our lists always contain publicly accessible data points (official registers such as the Commercial Register or the Federal Gazette, Internet, company websites) or data provided voluntarily by companies and are therefore harmless.
In Germany, contact is regulated by §7 UWG. Thus, postal advertising in the B2B sector is generally permitted. Contacting by telephone is permitted if the business contact is presumably interested. This can also be accepted for e-mail contact, as long as the contact is made once and the contact is not included in newsletters without being asked.
Important note: We are not lawyers and cannot make legally binding statements. If you have any open questions, please feel free to contact us.
The companies included in the lists can be contacted in various ways – by telephone, postal letter, e-mail, networks such as LinkedIn, jointly attended trade fairs. In order to establish successful contacts, it is particularly important to work on individualized addresses tailored to the respective companies. Mass letters are rarely successful. Instead, our customers are most successful when they adapt to the companies included in our lists, obtain information and then address them in a customized manner. Another successful approach is to contact them via LinkedIn, for example, by selecting the right contact person from our list and then addressing them via a consistent starting point. Intros” that are mediated via shared contacts are also a good step towards establishing contact. Also possible: at trade fairs visited together, you can use the trade fair lists to search specifically for companies included in the lists and make appointments for meetings.
In general: the more effort is put into the individual approach, the more successful it is. Think about what suitable starting points are, how you can deliver added value and show the addressed companies that you put a lot of effort into the contact. Many of our customers have already built up valuable and successful business relationships.
Download the unique database of the largest German companies as Excel file
Our current database of the largest German companies has been created through years of work and research. Our unique database of the largest German companies can be downloaded as a handy Excel file after purchase. It contains a large number of relevant data points. Starting with the industries of the companies up to turnover, contact data and names of managing directors. Our clients use the list for new customer acquisition, partner identification and market research.
Which industries are included in the list of the 5,000 largest German companies?
A special feature of the list of the largest German companies is the classification of the companies into industries. The industry classification was made on the basis of the companies’ core business and allows an uncomplicated filtering of the Excel list according to relevant companies for the respective concern. The following industries can be found in the overview (including sample companies):
- Industrial companies (automotive suppliers, mechanical engineering companies, etc.) | 1259 entries | e.g. Leoni AG, Gebr. Knauf KG
- Chemical companies (paint & coatings manufacturers, pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals companies, construction chemicals, etc.) | 670 entries | e.g. BASF SE, Wacker Chemie AG
- Trading companies (retail, wholesale, etc.) | 456 entries | e.g. Otto (GmbH & Co KG), Gebr. Heinemann SE & Co. KG
- Food companies (baked goods manufacturers, breweries, meat producers, etc.) | 413 entries | e.g. DMK Deutsches Milchkontor GmbH, J. Bünting Teehandelshaus GmbH & Comp.
- Real estate companies (housing companies, project developers, etc.) | 274 entries | e.g. Vonovia SE, Vivawest Wohnen GmbH
- Service companies (consulting firms, cleaning companies, etc.) | 247 entries | e.g. Bilfinger SE, DEKRA SE
- Logistics companies (freight forwarding logistics, parcel logistics, etc.) | 245 entries | e.g. Dachser SE
- Construction companies (building construction, civil engineering, road construction, etc.) | 219 entries | e.g. Bauer AG
- IT companies (software companies, hardware companies, IT consultancies, etc.) | 189 entries | e.g. SAP SE, Bechtle AG
- Energy companies (electricity suppliers, electricity producers, network operators,e tc.) | 179 entries | e.g. Stadtwerke Köln GmbH
- Financial companies (banks, asset managers, insurance companies, etc.) | 131 entries | e.g. DZ BANK AG, LVM Versicherung
- Consumer goods companies (fashion companies, toy manufacturers, sports companies etc.) | 93 entries | e.g. PUMA SE
- Holding companies (automotive suppliers, mechanical engineering companies, etc.) | 39 entries | e.g. Körber AG, INDUS Holding AG
- Healthcare companies (hospitals, nursing home operators, etc.) | 36 entries | e.g. Vivantes – Netzwerk für Gesundheit GmbH, Schön Klinik SE
- Gastronomy companies (system gastronomy, catering, etc.) | 27 entries | e.g. Compass Group Deutschland GmbH
- Media companies (newspapers, TV, book publishers, etc.) | 68 entries | e.g. Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
What are the 25 largest companies in Germany and how high are their revenues?
To get an insight into our list of the largest German companies, we present the 25 companies with the highest revenue in Germany in detail. We go into the field of activity and the current situation of the company. You can quickly get an overview of the German economy: the focus is on technology, the automotive industry and mechanical engineering.
#1: Volkswagen AG, Revenues of €235.8 billion (2018)
The VW group is undisputedly Germany’s largest automobile manufacturer and is engaged in a constant battle with Toyota and General Motors for the global top position. In addition to the Volkswagen brand, the group also owns the following subsidiaries
the brands Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat and Skoda to the group. A separate division is Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles – including the MAN and Scania brands. VW operates worldwide and has over 650,000 employees.
#2: Daimler AG, Revenues of €167.4 billion (2018)
Mercedes-Benz stands for premium vehicles all over the world and is the best-known brand of Daimler AG. In addition, the automotive group is engaged in the production of vans, trucks and buses. The heart of Daimler beats in the two plants in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim and Sindelfingen. Production takes place worldwide with around 300,000 employees.
#3: BMW AG, Revenues of €97.5 billion (2018)
The BMW Group, headquartered in Munich, is the number 3 automobile manufacturer in this country. Apart from the BMW brand, the British brands Mini and Rolls Royce belong to the group. In addition to cars in the premium segment and sports cars, BMW manufactures motorcycles and engines. BMW employs around 135,000 people.
#4: Uniper SE, Revenues of €78.2 billion (2018)
Uniper is a 2016 spin-off from the energy group E.ON. In a complex restructuring process, conventional energy production, global energy trading and other E.ON businesses were bundled under the umbrella of the new company Uniper. In the meantime, the Finnish energy group Fortum has acquired almost half of the Uniper shares, and a takeover is intended.
#5: Robert Bosch GmbH, Revenues of €77.9 billion (2018)
The Bosch story begins in 1886 as a backyard workshop in Stuttgart. Today, Bosch is one of the largest automotive suppliers in the world and at the same time a conglomerate with different business fields. Automotive technology is one of the main areas of focus, accounting for 60 percent of sales. Other Bosch divisions are Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods and Building Technology. Bosch has some 400,000 associates worldwide.
#6: Allianz SE, Revenues of €77.8 billion in gross premiums (2018)
Allianz SE is the market leader in Germany for insurance companies and one of the largest insurance groups in the world. Already 1890 based developed the company after the Second World War to the global Player. The Allianz Group covers the complete insurance business and has with Allianz global investor a large fund company. Dresdner Bank, which was temporarily part of the group, was sold to Commerzbank in 2008/2009.
#7: Deutsche Telekom AG, Revenues of €75.7 billion (2018)
Deutsche Telekom was created in 1995 from the former telecommunications division of Deutsche Bundespost. Today, the company is the market-leading telecommunications provider and the largest telecommunications company in Europe. The business is based on two pillars: Telekom Deutschland bundles offers for private and business customers. T-Systems International takes care of corporate customers.
#8: BASF SE, Revenues of €62.7 billion (2018)
The origins of BASF go back to 1865. Today, BASF is the world’s largest chemical company in terms of sales. The group employs around 115,000 people and has sites in over 80 countries. Its main business areas are chemicals, plastics, performance products, system solutions, crop protection/nutrition and oil/gas. The main plant in Ludwigshafen is considered the largest chemical site in the world.
#9: Deutsche Post AG, Revenues of €61.6 billion (2018)
Deutsche Post emerged in 1995 from the former Deutsche Bundespost – Postdienst and has developed into an internationally operating group in the express, parcel and freight business (DHL brand). Nationally, Deutsche Post maintains its monopoly position in the mail business (Deutsche Post brand). In recent years, it has been able to profit from the e-commerce boom in the parcel sector, while the letter business has declined.
#10: AUDI AG, Revenues of €59.3 billion (2018)
AUDI already exists as a car brand for over 100 years. In the 1960s AUDI was bought by VW. Since then, AUDI AG has formed a subgroup within the VW Group, but has been operating independently. The two main plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm are of central importance. But production is also carried out abroad. AUDI has over 90,000 employees.
#11: Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG, Revenues of €49.1 billion in gross premiums (2018)
Munich Re is the world’s largest reinsurance company and was founded in 1880. For a long time, the company was closely linked with the Allianz Group. Today, they go their separate ways. With its subsidiary Ergo Group, Munich Re is also active in primary insurance business. Ergo is one of the leading insurance companies for private and business customers in Germany.
#12: Continental AG, Revenues of €44.4 billion (2018)
Continental has grown up with tires for automobiles. Today, the Hanover-based company is one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers. The rubber and tire business continues to be of central importance. Automotive solutions (chassis, drive trains, interior equipment) are a second mainstay. Continental AG has been a sister company of the Schaeffler Group since 2009.
#13: Deutsche Bahn AG, Revenues of €44.2 billion (2018)
Deutsche Bahn is still 100 percent state-owned. Formed in 1994 from the merger of Bundesbahn and Reichsbahn, the group operates rail-supported long-distance and short-distance passenger transport as well as freight transport. The railroad network is the largest in Europe. The complex group with over 300,000 employees has to struggle with its structures time and again.
#14: thyssenkrupp AG, Revenues of €42.7 billion (2017/18)
The company name thyssenkrupp combines two traditional names of German steel production. Steel remains the core business today. In addition, thyssenkrupp is active in international raw materials trading and as a supply chain management service provider. As part of a merger of its steel activities with the Indian group Tata Steel, thyssenkrupp is realigning itself.
#15: Bayer AG, Revenues of €39.6 billion (2018)
Bayer, headquartered in Leverkusen, is one of the largest pharmaceutical and chemical companies. The Group is divided into three divisions: Pharmaceuticals (drugs), Consumer Health (food supplements, non-prescription products) and Crop Science (crop protection products). Bayer aims to further expand its market position by acquiring the U.S. agrochemicals group Monsanto.
#16: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, Revenues of €36.9 billion (2018)
The history of ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN began in 1915 with gears and transmissions. Today, chassis and drive technology for vehicles form the core business and make the company one of the largest automotive suppliers in the world. ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN also has a broadly diversified industrial technology division. The company has almost 150,000 employees.
#17: METRO AG, Revenues of €36.5 billion (2017/18)
In 1963, METRO was one of the pioneers of self-service wholesale in Germany and developed into an important retail group in the following decades. In the last ten years, the company has been completely restructured. In 2015 the department store chain Kaufhof was sold and in 2017 the food business was spun off. The spun-off food division continues to carry the name METRO. It operates 760 METRO stores with 150,000 employees.
#18: Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Revenues of €35.8 billion (2018)
Deutsche Lufthansa AG is Germany’s largest airline and at the same time an international aviation group, operating as Lufthansa Group. The Lufthansa Group includes the airlines Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings and Swiss. The subsidiary Lufthansa Cargo operates the airfreight business. Within the Star Alliance, Lufthansa cooperates with over two dozen other airlines worldwide.
#19: Talanx AG, Revenues of €34.9 billion in gross premiums (2018)
After Allianz and Munich Re and Ergo, respectively, the Talanx Group is number 3 in the German insurance market. The main owner is HDI VvaG. A large number of insurance activities are bundled under the Talanx umbrella. Talanx includes Hannover Rückversicherung – a major reinsurer -, HDI Haftpflichtverband der Deutschen Industrie, HDI-Gerling Industrieversicherung, PB Versicherung and Targo Versicherungen.
#20: EDEKA ZENTRALE AG & Co. KG, Revenues of €34.3 billion (2018)
EDEKA is one of the major players in German food retailing and at the same time a complex organization in which cooperative and corporate structures coexist. The EDEKA ZENTRALE AG & Co. KG in Hamburg bundles important shareholdings of the group and is a partner of the EDEKA regional companies, which in turn stand alongside the EDEKA stores. EDEKA ZENTRALE accounts for approximately two thirds of the group’s turnover.
#21: Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA, Revenues of €33.5 billion (2018)
Fresenius goes back to a Frankfurt pharmacy founded in the 15th century. Today, Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA is Germany’s largest hospital and health care group. The Fresenius Helios division operates 112 hospitals. Fresenius Medical Care, which is majority-owned, is a leader in dialysis procedures. Other business segments include hospital and therapy services.
#22: Deutsche Bank AG, €1,348 billion total balance sheet (2018)
Deutsche Bank has existed since 1870 and is still Germany’s leading financial institution. Structural problems, the financial crisis and billions in fines due to financial scandals have put a strain on the business and its good reputation in recent years. Today, the formerly independent Postbank forms part of Deutsche Bank. An intended merger with Commerzbank has failed for the time being. How the bank will position itself in the future remains open.
#23: Porsche AG, Revenues of €25.8 billion (2018)
Porsche in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen is a worldwide known sports car manufacturer. The name of the company’s founder Ferdinand Porsche is closely connected with VW history. Since 2009, Porsche AG has been part of Volkswagen as a subgroup, but Porsche remains an independent brand. The company has about 30,000 employees.
#24: CECONOMY AG, Revenues of €21.4 billion (2017/18)
CECONOMY is the former Metro Group in a modified form. In 2017 the food business of Metro AG was spun off, the remaining consumer electronics business is continued under the company name CECONOMY. The name is still little known, but the two chains Saturn and Mediamarkt are well known. CECONOMY has about 54,000 employees.
#25: RWE AG, Revenues of €13.4 billion (2018)
RWE is one of the most traditional energy suppliers in Germany and was founded in 1898. Today, RWE is also an energy supplier in other European markets (including the Netherlands, Great Britain and Eastern Europe). In recent years, the Group has undergone fundamental restructuring. In 2016 the subsidiary innogy was founded, which has since been sold to E.ON. In return, RWE took over the renewable energy business of innogy and E.ON.