FrankfurtRheinMain is home to a diverse mix of industrial sectors and companies from all over the world. The region located in the heart of Europe is well-balanced and already offers specific infrastructure for various industries. 47 million consumers can be reached within a 200 km radius of Frankfurt – more than from any other comparable location in Europe.
Frankfurt airport offers the largest cargo airport in Europe. From there are 240 cargo-only flights starting to 84 destinations in 45 countries per week. FrankfurtRheinMain is distinguished by highly efficient inter-connectivity between Autobahn, air-, water- and railways. However, Frankfurt also offers excellent digital infrastructure: the De-CIX (German Commercial Internet Exchange), world’s leading Internet exchange point with >6.0 terabits/sec peak traffic, is located in the greater Frankfurt area. All this makes FrankfurtRheinMain the backbone of the digital world and basis for innovative processes.
With its workforce in excess of 50,000 employees, the automotive industry is one of the largest industry sectors in the region. More than 200 companies in the greater Frankfurt area operate in this field in a cooperative climate. Added to which, there are numerous subcontractors so automotive competence is guaranteed along the entire value creation chain. FrankfurtRheinMain is home to European design and R&D centres of many international and especially Asian players.
Germany is Europe’s largest and the world’s third largest producer of chemicals. In FrankfurtRheinMain 59,000 people are employed in the chemical and pharmaceutical sector. 7 of the 10 largest global chemical companies are located with manufacture, R&D and/or headquarters sites in the region. A broad range of global players set out from here to conquer the global market and maintain close contacts to the region – including BASF, Evonik, Bayer, Kuraray, Shin Etsu, Clariant, Procter & Gamble, Merck, Fresenius, Sanofi .
The biotechnology industry not only consists of core players who predominantly engage in research & development, but is also home to a large number of technical suppliers and service providers (e.g. contract research organisations). Close integration between the industry and the research institutions is inherent in FrankfurtRheinMain. Consequently, the companies in the region offer competences along the entire value chain: from fundamental research to method and process development, as well as production on a hectolitre scale.
Germany is also Europe’s leading business location for medical technology. FrankfurtRheinMain convinces with high-quality public as well as private research & development and three university clinics.
As a region, FrankfurtRheinMain is home to top performers of the German industrial automation industry. The region shows the presence of a well-functioning supplier structure. Businesses such as Bosch Rexroth, Fresenius Medical Care and Carl Schenck have situated their headquarters here. But it’s also distinguished by its many innovative medium-sized businesses, engineering offices, research institutions and software developers which bestow the greater Frankfurt area with independence and flexibility: they ensure that most decisions are made right here in the region.
Dynamic IT companies, above all, appreciate the numerous benefits offered by FrankfurtRheinMain that is home of two centers of excellence in IT-business solutions and IT-security. You can find Germany’s highest density of IT companies in the region, offering a network of software development, IT consultant, system integration and IT services specialists. In FrankfurtRheinMain you can find more IT companies than in Silicon Valley or Bangalore.
Highly specialized IT companies and suppliers of base technologies offer customized solutions for the widest range of industries and client needs. A number of telecommunication suppliers also appreciate the advantages of the region. Many international leaders in telephony maintain branch offices, as do national and international industry associations, such as BITKOM.
The Financial Center in the Heart of Europe
Frankfurt as a financial centre is the most important banking location in continental Europe. It is home to 200 domestic and foreign banks. FrankfurtRheinMain is the only place in the world, where two central banks (Germany and EU) are located. The EU supervisory authority for the insurance business EIOPA and the Frankfurt International Arbitration Center (FIAC) are also based in Frankfurt am Main. Frankfurt was home to the first RMB-clearing service in the Eurozone. Financial services profit from vast selection of international consulting and legal companies in the whole region as well as from a highly qualified workforce with special financial expertise.
The consulting industry is particularly present in FrankfurtRheinMain with 19.000 companies working in this sector. These include some of the major German and European players in the field. 11% of the German consulting turnover is made in FrankfurtRheinMain; 300,000 people (consultants, lawyers and tax adviser) are employed in consulting related fields – so good advice might be easy to become.