Cologne's reputation for staging unforgettable festivals, successful trade
fairs and luxurious conventions characterized by a special blend of
tradition, experience and state-of-the-art technology can be traced back in
history. Each year over 1000 congresses, trade shows and spectacular events
are organized in Cologne. Most of these exhibitions or shows like Art
Cologne Fair and International Furniturare are organized by Koelnmesse in
its popular exhibition & congress center.
All the major industrial sectors of Germany are largely represented in
Cologne region. The close ties and cooperation between industry, science and
politics in the city guarantees an attractive investment climate. Moreover,
the healthy mix of small and large industrial sector provides a rich variety
of economic mainstays.
The leading international automobile corporations like Ford, Toyota &
Volvo makes automobile manufacturing a major production activity of Cologne.
Besides with 80 companies and almost one third of the total turnover of the
manufacturing sector in Cologne, Chemical industry is the another leading
sector. Following in third place in terms of turnover is engineering
industry, which enjoys a long and distinguished tradition in Cologne.
Lastly, the rapid development in media sector has benefited a number of
other sectors like electronics, office equipment, data-processing technology
and precision engineering.
In the service sector, Baking has a long tradition in Cologne. Accompanying
the German Federation of Banks are over 60 national and international banks
along with 58 national and international insurance companies. Consequently,
the city also boasts a range of training opportunities in the insurance
Last but not the least, the city is also home to a diverse range of
foreign-owned and domestic companies with almost 20 trade federations
representing wholesale and export companies and 25 retail trade
Major Business Centers
Cologne Exhibition Center:
Owned and operated by Koelnmesse, Cologne Exhibition Center is the fourth
largest exhibition venue in world. Situated by the river Rhine directly
opposite the Cologne Cathedral in Messeplatz, the center is just few minutes
away from the city center.
Its 11 halls alone consist of 284,000m² exhibition space in addition
to 75,000m² of outdoor space. Furthermore, the 3 Rheinparkhallen
exhibition halls offer almost 20,000m² of space.
Also, there are two conference centers used to host variety of events for
up to 12,000 people together with 37 cafes and restaurants catering for all
food and drink requirements.
Major Commercial Areas
The Airport Business Park:
Located in Porz-Gremberghoven district, the Business Park offers optimal
traffic links close to the airport.
Where the DIBAG Industriebau AG manages the northern section of the area,
EP Euro Project Development and HVB Project GmbH operate the middle and
southern areas respectively.
Currently, the Park is not only one of the most attractive locations for
space requirements by the companies but also the largest commercial property
that is currently being marketed in Cologne.
An important commercial and industry zone of Cologne, Feldkassel is
situated to the north of the city between the Rhine and the regatta course
on Fuhlinger See. The area is well linked through bus, rail or road network.
Like its infrastructure, the ranges of property offerings in Feldkassel
also are excellent. Whether it's a large enterprise, medium-sized business
with inter-regional orientation or craft business, all can find a property
tailored to their needs. The broad spectrum of businesses runs hand in hand
in the region as it not only carries commercial operations but various
industrial zones too.
To do justice to the growing interest in this dynamic location, the city
has recently added around 55 hectares of new area to already 65 hectares of
Feldkassel. This new area is Langel Commercial and Industrial Zone.
Therefore, today Cologne-Langel and Cologne-Feldkassel are high-quality
business locations with flexible usage possibilities where many undertakings
are relocating continually to expand their operations.
Major Manufacturing Zones
Industriepark Koln-Nord (Cologne-North Industrial Park):
The 100 hectare large Cologne-North Industrial Park is probably the
largest location for industrial use in the entire region that is available
for new business establishments. The whole park area is divided into three
9 hectares have been set aside for industries
specialized in environmental management i.e. companies dealing in recycling
26 hectares reserved for the chemical
34 hectares (the largest subsection)
containing companies operating in the automotive business, whether in
production, logistics or the supply industry.
Along with outstanding location and optimal road connection, the excellent
infrastructure of the area is rounded off by the Rhine port Niehl I, oil
port Niehl II, port rail tracks and Freight Traffic Cologne AG, HGK, as well
as a national and international pipeline network.
Koln-Nord, North Cologne
Automobiles, Chemicals and Environmental Management
Technology and Industrial Park Kalk-South is a dynamic business site close
to city center with big advantage of good infrastructure and surroundings.
Situated on an old factory road that runs on the both sides Dillenburger
Strabe, the location laps several internationally active companies like the
environmental technology specialist- Andritz Separation GmbH, Deutz AG
(crankshaft manufacturing operation), KHD Humboldt Wedag AG and DSI-Deutz
Environmental Technology & Crankshaft