Database of the largest companies in North Rhine-Westphalia for direct download as Excel list
Our list of the largest companies in NRW allows you to access the companies with the highest turnover in the state with just one click. The database can be purchased through our modern online store and is available as an Excel list immediately after payment. In addition to a segmentation by industry, you will also find information on the field of activity in the list. This way you can easily filter out the companies that are suitable for your project. Furthermore, the database contains sales figures for the years 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015, the number of employees, general contact information, names of the management and the URL. It has never been easier to identify the top-selling companies from North Rhine-Westphalia. If you would like to convince yourself of the structure of the list, we will be happy to provide you with a free preview file. Just send us a short e-mail to contact[at]researchgermany.com and we will get back to you with the extract as soon as possible.
This information is included in the list of the largest companies in NRW
- General contact information (address, e-mail address, phone number, URL)
- Names of the executives
- Revenues for the years 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 (based on the respective annual or consolidated financial statements published in the Federal Gazette)
- Number of employees (based on the last annual or consolidated financial statements published in the Federal Gazette)
- Segmentation by industry and field of activity
Note: If the sales and employee figures are not included in a company’s own annual financial statements but in the consolidated financial statements of the parent company, the data from the respective consolidated financial statements are given.
Map of the companies with the highest turnover in North Rhine-Westphalia based on our database
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The research team of ResearchGermany relieves you of the hours of researching potential business customers and partners. Our industry lists can be easily purchased via the modern online store and are directly available as Excel files. You can either use the clearly prepared lists directly or transfer them to your CRM system with a few clicks. In the last years we have analyzed numerous industries in Germany and offer extensive databases from different industries. These include regional lists, such as the database of the largest companies in NRW, as well as Germany-wide industry lists. These include an overview of the largest chemical companies, the list of the largest mechanical engineering companies or the data set of the largest logistics companies in Germany. Should you not find what you are looking for in our online store, we will be happy to create individual lists for you and look forward to hearing from you.
The economy in NRW: Statistics and facts
When people talk about North Rhine-Westphalia, they often associate it with the Ruhr region – characterized by coal and steel. Although the Rhine-Ruhr region is still an industrial heartland of the state and the steel industry still exists, it has lost its traditional monopoly position and coal mining has been discontinued.
Since the 1960s, the Ruhr region has been undergoing a serious structural change – combined with the departure of old industries and a fundamental reorientation. It is not over. In 2019 goods and services worth around 711 billion euros were produced in NRW. This means that North Rhine-Westphalia surpasses all other German states. A good one in five euros generated in Germany comes from the Rhine and Ruhr. In terms of economic output per capita, however, NRW only ranks 7th in a state comparison.
Today, industry accounts for almost one fifth of North Rhine-Westphalia’s economic output. Strong industrial sectors in the state are mechanical engineering (with around 1,600 predominantly medium-sized companies); automotive production (Ford in Cologne) and supply (Hella, among others), chemical industry (especially Bayer in Leverkusen, Evonik Industries in Essen), electrical engineering and the electrical industry. ThyssenKrupp in Essen stands for steel tradition and is Germany’s largest steel producer. 44 percent of German steel comes from NRW.
The state is also home to major utilities such as E.ON, RWE and Steag. Almost a third of Germany’s electricity comes from NRW. Trade accounts for almost a quarter of North Rhine-Westphalia’s economic power. Of the 50 largest German trading companies, every second one is located in NRW, including Aldi, Metro and Rewe. The financial and corporate services sector is at least as strong. Some well-known insurance companies (including Ergo, Gothaer, Signal/Iduna) have their headquarters in NRW.
List of the 5 largest companies in North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany’s most populous federal state and contributes a good 20 percent to Germany’s economic output – more than any other state. Companies of world renown have their headquarters on the Rhine and Ruhr. These are the five largest:
Place 1: Deutsche Telekom AG, Bonn: 101 billion euros in revenue (2020)
Deutsche Telekom was created from Deutsche Bundespost TELEKOM in 1995 – the final step in the privatization of the former state-owned company. Today, Telekom is Europe’s largest telecommunications provider and is one of the TOP 100 listed companies worldwide. The group is divided into six divisions: Germany (Telekom Deutschland), Europe, T-Systems, USA (T-Mobile US), Group Development and GHS (Group Headquarters and Shared Services). Telekom operates fixed and mobile communications networks and offers telephony, Internet access and other digital services based on these networks. The Group has over 225,000 employees.
Place 2: Deutsche Post AG, Bonn: 66.8 billion euros in revenue (2020)
Like Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Post emerged from the former Deutsche Bundespost in 1995. Since 2015, its external identity has been “Deutsche Post DHL Group”. The national postal business operates under the brands “Deutsche Post” (letter) and “DHL” (parcel). The international logistics business also operates under the “DHL” brand. The operating business is divided into the Post & Parcel Germany, DHL eCommerce Solutions, Express, Global Forwarding, Freight and Supply Chain divisions. Deutsche Post is a leading global logistics service provider with a good 570,000 employees.
Place 3: Uniper SE, Düsseldorf: 51.0 billion euros in revenue (2020)
Uniper was formed in 2016 by spinning off its conventional power generation business from energy group E.ON. Since 2020, Uniper has been majority-owned by the Finnish energy company Fortum, in which the Finnish state has a stake of just over 50 percent. Uniper is one of Europe’s largest power producers with core markets in Germany, the Benelux countries, the United Kingdom, and Sweden. In Russia, Uniper operates five power plants and meets about five percent of Russia’s electricity needs. The company also participates in global energy trading and has nearly 12,000 employees.
Place 4: Bayer AG, Leverkusen: 41.4 billion euros in sales (2020)
Bayer was founded as early as 1863 in what is now Wuppertal, and since 1895 its headquarters have been located in Leverkusen, north of Cologne. Bayer is a major global chemical and pharmaceutical group. Its business comprises the three divisions Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Health and Crop Science – each organized in its own subsidiaries since 2002. A quantum leap in 2018 was the acquisition of the US seed and herbicide company Monsanto. This brought the active ingredient glyphosate into the group as a “legacy”. The Bayer Group has almost 100,000 employees and operates on a global scale.
Place 5: thyssenkrupp AG, Essen: 28.9 billion euros in sales (2019/2020)
The merger of Friedrich Krupp AG Hoesch-Krupp with Thyssen AG in 1999 created thyssenkrupp AG – an industrial group organized into four divisions focusing on steel production and processing. The thyssenkrupp business is divided into the business areas Steel Europe, Material Services, Industrial Solutions and Components Technology. A planned merger with the Indian steel group Tata Steel did not materialize in 2019. The elevator business was sold in 2020. More than 100,000 employees still work at thyssenkrupp today. The company is Germany’s largest steel producer.
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Frequently asked questions about our list of the largest companies in NRW
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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.
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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.