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Rhine-Neckar as a Business Location

The Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region is one of the most important business locations in Germany. The range of companies based in the region include publicly-traded multinationals, well-known medium-sized firms and innovative start-ups. There is also a broad spectrum of industries represented in the region - from chemicals to IT and from automotive to biotechnology. Taken together, the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region is one of the strongest and most vibrant business regions in Europe.
This strong economic base is one of the reasons why the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region has a per capita GDP (gross domestic product is 31,700 euros) which is considerably higher than the national German average. The international competitiveness of the region is also illustrated by the fact that 57% of the goods produced here are exported. The unemployment rate in the region is also traditionally far below the national German average. Several large, publicly-traded multinational companies are based there, including:

  • BASF, the world's largest chemical company
  • SAP, the world leader in enterprise software and software services
  • HeidelbergCement, a global leader in building materials
  • Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, a leading manufacturer of printing presses
  • Fuchs Petrolub, one of the leading suppliers of lubricants
  • Bilfinger, a leading construction, engineering and services company
  • Freudenberg, a family-owned group of international companies

In addition, the region is also home to many other well-known companies, such as ABB, Abbott, AbbVie, Bombardier, Daimler, Hornbach, John Deere, KSB, Mannheimer Versicherungen, MLP, MVV Energie, Phoenix Pharmahandel, Pfalzwerke, ProMinent, Roche Diagnostics, Röchling, Saint-Gobain Isover, SAS, SCA and Südzucker. In addition, many brand name products also have their roots in the region, such as Tempo, Capri Sonne, Lamy, Vileda and Zewa.
Given this strong economic base, it is no wonder that the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region has a very low unemployment rate of just 5.1% (2012), considerably lower than national western German average of 5.9%. This means that there are excellent job prospects in a number of sectors: qualified technical workers, engineers and IT specialists and health specialists, among others. In particular, candidates are being sought in the so-called STEM sectors (which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Not only university graduate are in demand, but also employees with vocational qualifications. Indeed, the demand for certain skilled vocations is now higher than the need for university graduates. At present, there is a particular demand for technical vocations such as mechatronics, technician, fitter and plumber. Similarly, there are currently a large number of vacancies for nurses and geriatric nurses. Because many of these professions require specific training and certification, the German government has now streamlined the system for approval of foreign qualifications. To find out more about vocational qualification, check out the website www.recognition-in-germany.de

Rhine-Neckar Business Portrait

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