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The Office of Economic Development offers a range of services - from supporting foreign companies with residence permit questions to assisting with the relocation of an industrial company within the city area – it is the central point of contact for all companies.

From the formation of a company to its expansion or the question of company succession – our experienced specialists would be happy to advise you on the way forward at any stage of your company’s development.

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Expat Destination Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf is ranked as one of the go-to destination for a high quality of living with excellent career opportunities.

For the Expat Insider 2016 survey, InterNations has taken a close look at more than 60 countries across the globe: the results also include a ranking of 35 cities that prove to be common destinations among the participants.

Düsseldorf – perfect location for expats and their families

Düsseldorf ranks forth on the InterNations Ranking List, as first of all German cities. Düsseldorf as an attractive cosmopolitan city with a growing population and foreigners accounting for about 17 % is not only a leading business center at the heart of Europe, but also a location with various cultural offers and leisure activities. Therefore Düsseldorf owes its top rank with regard to factors like work-live balance, quality of living, working and professional live, relatively low cost of living and last but not least the warm welcome culture which is offered to expats.

Among the 35 cities analyzed, Melbourne turns out to be the favorite location for expats. In second place, Houston, Texas, attracts expats with friendly locals and low costs. Madrid boasts a great quality of life and lands on third.

Investment seminar for Polish businesses on October 27th

Warsaw – a sister city of Düsseldorf – has increasingly established itself as a business location for the creative and digital sector. Innovative Start-ups and SME from Warsaw are interested in entering the Western European market.  Subsequently, 70 young entrepreneurs attended the first investment seminar for the Polish businesses organized by the Düsseldorf Office of Economic Development in cooperation with NRW.INVEST on 27th October 2016.

"Düsseldorf – the hidden champion" was the title of the presentation held by Mayor Thomas Geisel

Consultants, company representatives and players from the digital and start up ecosystem in Düsseldorf/North Rhine-Westphalia shared their experience and expertise with Polish participants and provided information about market access and their services.

In their welcome addresses Thomas Geisel, Mayor of Düsseldorf, and Michał Olszewski, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw, stressed that both sister cities offer ideal opportunities for successful business cooperation: Warsaw as the gateway to Eastern Europe for Düsseldorf-based companies and Düsseldorf as the gateway to Western Europe for companies from Warsaw.

"The Digital Transformation in Germany's Industry 4.0: Innovative Solutions and Business Opportunities in Düsseldorf and North Rhine-Westphalia"

Review: Business Forum in Guangzhou, November 29th

The China Competence Center Düsseldorf and NRW.Invest joined forces in China to promote Düsseldorf and North-Rhine Westfalia as a premium location for Chinese companies in the digital industries. As part of the campaign "Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen" the two held a Business Forum on "The Digital Transformation in Germany’s Industry 4.0: Innovative Solutions and Business Opportunities in Düsseldorf and North Rhine-Westphalia" on November, 29th. More than 200 participants joined the Forum in Guangzhou to see presentations on the development of digital industries. Lili Jia of Weyto GmbH and Bas Zwartkruis of ZTE Deutschland GmbH presented their outlook on digital cooperation across continents as well as opportunities in digital healthcare cooperation projects.

Mayor Thomas Geisel at Business Forum "The Digital Transformation in Germany’s Industry 4.0: Innovative Solutions and Business Opportunities in Düsseldorf and North Rhine-Westphalia"

Both companies are part of a growing international digital network in Düsseldorf and as Mayor Thomas Geisel put it: "Part of an ecosystem that consists of network providers like Vodafone, Telekom und Telefonica, technology companies, service providers und users, which fosters the development of digital technologies".

QCT opens European head office in Düsseldorf

Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT), a Taiwanese hard- and software company and service provider for computer centres, opened its new European head office on the Hamborner Straße in Düsseldorf in September and is thus moving closer to its customers and partners.

Düsseldorf’s central location and work force potential were key arguments in the decision to locate the head office here. Cloud service providers, companies and SMEs can now obtain tailored solutions for their specific requirements from QCT in Europe too and benefit from an improved and extended customer service. Up to 50 new jobs are forecast for the future.

Cosmetics manufacturer LUSH extends production site in Düsseldorf-Benrath

Since June this year, the cosmetics company LUSH has been operating a large production plant with more than 200 employees in Düsseldorf-Benrath. All 43 branches of LUSH in Germany are supplied with the fragrant cosmetic products from this plant.

The rental contract with SEGRO was signed last November and the building prepared for the start of production. The Office of Economic Development supported the company in many ways e.g. in permit management, in looking for kindergarten places and in applying for resident permits for foreign specialists.

After the Brexit vote in the UK referendum, Mark Constantine, co-founder and managing director of LUSH commented: "Almost 20 percent of our employees do not have British nationality. The discussions and now final Brexit vote have had and still have a dramatic impact on the life of our employees."

LUSH offered all those working in Poole to move to Düsseldorf. As planned, the manufacturing plant  initially supplied Germany and from October also supplied France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Sweden.  From 2017, supplies will also be delivered to Finland, Norway and Switzerland from the plant in Bonner Straße.

BREXIT and its implications for Japanese companies

Review - Seminar on September 14th 2016

The British vote to leave the European Union came as a surprise to most observers in Europe and abroad. While the British government has confirmed that it will follow through with leaving the EU, a clear exit strategy has not been drafted, yet. Accordingly the consequences of the decision are currently not clear. A number of companies operating in Britain are likely to be forced to rethink their business strategies in Europe.

from left to rigth: Ryuta Mizuuchi (Consul General, Japanese Consulate General Düsseldorf), Masayoshi Watanabe (Director General of JETRO Düsseldorf), Uwe Kerkmann (Director Office of Economic Development Düsseldorf), Petra Wassner (CEO NRW.INVEST), Jiro Kobayashi (President of Japanese Chamber of Industry and Commerce), Prof. Dr. Werner Pascha (Universität Duisburg-Essen, Institute of East Asian Studies

On the other hand it will be difficult for companies to handle all of the possible consequences of Brexit just in time along with the results of the upcoming negotiations. As most of the Japanese companies in Europe have made North-Rhine Westphalia with its capital city Düsseldorf their main hub in the EU the possible scenarios and effects of BREXIT are of great interest and concern.

About three months after the vote,  NRW.INVEST and the City of Düsseldorf took the initiative to update the relevant information and shared the positions of The City of Düsseldorf and the State of North-Rhine Westphalia.

From Hamburg to Düsseldorf

One of the world’s largest paper manufacturers, Chenming from China, is re-locating its European headquarters from Hamburg to Düsseldorf. The Office of Economic Development was of assistance in the search for suitable premises.

The move by the Chinese concern Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Ltd. underlines the significance of Düsseldorf for Chinese companies. More than 400 of them have opened subsidiaries in the state capital in recent years, many of which are German or European head offices.

Website Chenming

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