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146,000 businesses make Rhine-Neckar one of Germany's economic drivers. Innovative spirit has a long tradition here. Professionals have excellent opportunities in the region. A readiness to learn, a thirst for knowledge, and cutting-edge research go hand in hand. Business and science are mutually beneficial. And this relationship also applies to companies and their employees.
We have the best conditions for success: starting with the infrastructure for all kinds of businesses and extending to the exceptional environment for families and leisure time. The options to enjoy your time off – or rather to enjoy life – are limitless in the Rhine-Neckar region. The range of services that make it possible to combine work and family are diverse and yet a perfect fit, and the same goes for education and training. And not least, recognition for employees in Rhine-Neckar is also expressed in above-average earnings.
Strong location. Strong economy.
Rhine-Neckar is one of the key business locations in Germany. Ten of the 100 most significant listed companies are based here. In addition to global corporations such as BASF, SAP, Roche, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, HeidelbergCement, KSB, and Fuchs Petrolub, the region is also home to many medium-sized companies, hidden champions, and innovative start-ups.
Rhine-Neckar’s economy is characterised by a healthy and promising blend of sectors. Specialisms are: plant and mechanical engineering, automotive, chemistry, information technology, energy, biotechnology, life sciences, and health. In all sectors, Rhine-Neckar companies are occupying the top spots at a national or international level.
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Der Rhein-Neckar-Region geht es gut – mit unseren Aktivitäten tragen wir, die Institutionen der Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar, dazu bei, dass dies auch in Zukunft so ist. Wir bringen starke Partner an einen Tisch, koordinieren Netzwerke und bauen sie aus. Wir geben Impulse und treiben Projekte voran, kurz: Wir sorgen dafür, dass die Region ihre vielfältigen Potenziale nutzt und als das wahrgenommen wird, was sie ist: Ein Ort, an dem man sich wohlfühlt und an dem man auch beruflich gut vorankommt.
Plant and mechanical engineering
Plant and mechanical engineering is the foundation of the intermediate product industries. Consequently, this sector forms the backbone of the German economy. It supplies complex products for all industries and in turn purchases technologically demanding products. Engineers in Rhine-Neckar, in collaboration with universities and research institutions, devise and construct novel plants and machinery that are efficient and environmentally friendly. The spectrum ranges from energy generation, storage, and transmission to industrial and power plants to transport and infrastructure.
A history of success.
In 1886, Carl Benz invented the automobile in Mannheim. Today, the automotive sector is one of Rhine-Neckar's key industries and employs more than 61,000 people. In Wörth, Mercedes-Benz produces up to 470 trucks a day in the largest truck plant in the world. The appropriate engines come from Motorenwerke Mannheim. Even the Mercedes Cito city buses are manufactured in direct proximity. What's more, John Deere in Mannheim produces more than 35,000 tractors a year in the biggest agricultural machine plant outside of the United States.
Numerous companies in Rhine-Neckar cover the entire value-added chain of the automotive industry, from research and development to specialist suppliers. Companies in the region benefit from two automotive clusters in the immediate vicinity, which perfectly complement each other.
Biotechnology and life sciences
Progress for life.
The concentration of research institutions and life science businesses has created a strong biotechnology network in Rhine-Neckar. The roughly 200 partners in the cluster are biotech, pharmaceutical, and healthcare companies, academic research and educational institutions, but also suppliers, industry-specific service providers, local authorities, and associations, as well as private investors.
Tradition and innovation.
The chemical industry is firmly rooted in Rhine-Neckar. Since the start of industrialisation in the 19th century, it has been the backbone of the economy and plays an important role in cooperation between research and development. About 40,000 people work in chemical companies and an even greater number of employees in Rhine-Neckar are closely connected in the upstream and downstream processing industry. This sector is a good example of how old industrial tradition can transform into pioneering innovation.
The most well-known industry representative is BASF. At its headquarters in Ludwigshafen, the company operates the largest integrated chemical facility in the world. Covering about ten square kilometres and with around 35,000 employees, it is also the largest industrial complex in Europe.
In this business environment, the region also offers excellent conditions for small and medium-sized chemical companies
Efficiency and innovation.
The future energy supply needs to be environmentally friendly while being safe and affordable for all. To achieve this goal, more than 35,000 people from science and industry in Rhine-Neckar are working together on innovations for generating renewable energy, improving energy efficiency, and creating intelligent energy storage systems. This opens up new business models for energy providers, whilst regional businesses benefit from intelligent energy management. It is one of the main reasons why the regional energy sector is one of the fastest-growing industry branches. Numerous companies are successful in energy plant engineering and in decentralised energy generation.
Oiling the wheels of modern industry.
Information and communications technology has had a lasting impact on virtually all areas of life in the past decades. Today, the application of IT is a key success factor in nearly all divisions and sectors of business. It also contributes greatly to the national economy. In the Rhine-Neckar region, there are about 4,500 IT companies, which make up more than 37,000 jobs and include global players such as SAP and SAS. SAP was founded in the Rhine-Neckar region and has its headquarters with about 14,000 employees in Walldorf.
Top-level healthcare and research.
Rhine-Neckar is an exemplary health region, demonstrated by its full-service medical care and the collaboration between resident doctors in networks. Two university clinics and numerous hospitals provide the best possible emergency and in-patient care. The major companies in the region take on a leading role in corporate healthcare. A total of about 120,000 people are employed in the healthcare industry.
In translational medicine – the interface between preclinical research and clinical development – the scientific institutions in Rhine-Neckar are at the forefront of national research, particularly in research of cellular processes. The combination of population-based and large-scale clinical cohort studies is unique across Germany and makes it possible to map out healthcare processes in the long term and across multiple systems.
Excellence for the world of tomorrow.
University and non-academic research institutions in the region are renowned worldwide and maintain a productive exchange of knowledge with the manufacturing industry. A key component of Rhine-Neckar as a scientific location, in addition to the 23 universities, are the more than 30 prestigious research institutions: among them the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, four Max Planck Institutes, the German Cancer Research Center, and the Centre for European Economic Research.
The excellence of regional science is not only confirmed time and time again by national and international ranking lists, but also by 16 Nobel Prize winners that are linked to the Rhine-Neckar region by either their background or scientific work.
The 30-plus non-academic research institutions in the Rhine-Neckar region are leaders in their field. They are excellent in their basic scientific research and in constant communication with the manufacturing industry in the region and the rest of the world.
Leading international institutes include the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg. In Mannheim, the Central Institute of Mental Health is considered a recognised centre for modern psychiatry.
The Max Planck Society is represented by four renowned institutes in Heidelberg: Astronomy, Nuclear Physics, Medical Research, Comparative Public Law and International Law.
Research and education.
Virtually no other region has such a long history of pursuing scientific knowledge as Rhine-Neckar. The Ruperto-Carola University of Heidelberg is the oldest university in Germany: it was founded in 1386. Today, more than 87,000 students are enrolled at the 23 universities in the region. National and international rankings continue to confirm the excellence of its academic institutions, especially in the life sciences, natural sciences, humanities, law, social sciences, and economics disciplines.
In addition to the universities in Germersheim (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz), Heidelberg, Landau (University of Koblenz-Landau), Mannheim, and Speyer, several other universities in many cities across the region cover key disciplines, in most cases including economics. In Baden-Wuerttemberg we also have the Cooperative State University, which combines industrial and scientific training and has become an international role model.
Appreciation and recognition
Every person counts.
Companies in the Rhine-Neckar region are successful because they appreciate the worth of their employees. Employees are valued and recognised here – and not just financially. Wages and salaries paid by the companies in Rhine-Neckar are above average in comparison with the rest of Germany, as is the material standard of living.
But this isn't the be-all and end-all for many people in their professional life. It's participating in the company's success, the innovation, the possibilities of contributing new ideas and personal skills, and the opportunity to enjoy a good work-life balance, which enable people from all over the world to derive professional satisfaction in the Rhine-Neckar region.
Work and family go hand in hand.
The employers that provide attractive options for their staff to balance work and family have a clear advantage. This is because a good balance between career and private life is vital to job satisfaction and performance.
The companies in Rhine-Neckar have undoubtedly understood this, as the regional compatibility study shows: 83 per cent of surveyed employers see it as their duty to enable a good work-life balance. Almost all those surveyed offer at least one way of achieving this. Over half of all employers offer more than ten options. Employers in the Rhine-Necker region are consequently ranked as above average compared with the rest of Germany.