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"Traditional companies and market leaders of tomorrow"

The Meetropolis is a location for industry, trade, media and services in one of Germany's leading centres of commerce. The Otto engine and Eau de Cologne were invented here, the global success story of Aspirin has its roots here, global trends in medical technology, fashion and food are started here. Traditional and innovative major companies have their headquarters in this boom region.

Trading has been conducted in The Meetropolis for some 2,000 years, thanks in part to its excellent location on the Rhine, Europe's largest and busiest river. Today companies such as METRO, Peek & Cloppenburg, Esprit and REWE trade their goods here. As a trade fair location and an international place for trading and ordering, The Meetropolis attracts around 75,000 international exhibitors and more than 4.7 million visitors per year. Koelnmesse has the fifth largest trade fair ground in the world and 80 global agencies. It hosts 70 trade fairs a year, 25 of these being leading world trade fairs such as Anuga, gamescom, photokina, ISM and imm cologne. With 50 specialist trade fairs, 23 of these leading world trade fairs such as Interpack, drupa and MEDICA, and some 120 events and associated companies abroad, Messe Düsseldorf is also one of the world's largest export platforms.

The Meetropolis is especially renowned around the world as a location for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Henkel, Bayer and Lanxess are just three of the big names which develop internationally leading plastics, medicinal products, plant protectants and washing agents and detergents. Research and production go hand in hand. Cosmetic producers such as 4711 and L'Oreal Deutschland are also based here.

The automotive industry also sets wheels in motion in The Meetropolis: Ford's European headquarters employs 20,000 people in the region, and MAN, Citroen, DAF, Mazda, Mercedes, Renault and Volvo are also active here.

Numerous logistics companies take advantage of the outstanding infrastructure: FedEx, UPS and Schenker Logistics have set up their headquarters in The Meetropolis, handling goods from all over the world.

International banks, private banks and insurance companies also play a major role in the business location The Meetropolis. AXA Insurance alone has 5,000 employees here.

The Meetropolis is today one of the most important mobile phone locations in Europe. Companies such as Vodafone D2 and E-Plus set yardsticks in the region for global mobile communication.

Whether radio programmes, TV productions, short films or advertising is concerned: The Meetropolis is Germany's most important media city. TV and radio stations, production companies, branches of the largest advertising agencies in the world, plus record labels and organisers of film festivals enrich the business landscape with their success in creative activities.

Thanks to enterprises such as E.ON and RWE The Meetropolis is also home to ultra-modern and powerful representatives of the power industry.

Strong small to medium-sized enterprises from the services and small trade sectors complete the picture of this economic region. And thanks to the existing structures and skills, recently industries of the future such as biotechnology and the games sector have been developing by leaps and bounds.

More than 5,000 foreign companies value this vibrant hub in its outstanding economic and geographical location. They have set up their German headquarters there or important subsidiaries, e.g. Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

That's why: The Meetropolis enables you to participate in a vibrant economy with top-class potentials, authentic contact partners and ideal networking potential.

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