Hochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences
Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Faculty of Business Studies

Doing Business in Germany

Duesseldorf is one of the most innovative and exciting business locations in Germany. Among the 100,000 companies are about 5,000 subsidiaries of multinational corporations from the USA, the Netherlands, Great Britain, France, Taiwan and Korea. These include global players such as 3M, Epson, Ericsson, Hoover, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Nokia, Rank Xerox, and Vodafone, to name but a few.

Duesseldorf is also nicknamed "Little Japan on the Rhine": Fuji, Hitachi, NEC, Mitsubishi, and Toshiba are among the 450 Japanese companies in the area.


The conversion of the old harbor into one of Europe's prime locations for advertising, the arts and the media - in short, for the creative, information and communication industries - is the latest urban development project and boasts some of the most adventurous architecture in Germany.


Industry, trade and services are the basis of Duesseldorf's economic success. Bosch, Daimler-Chrysler, Henkel, and Siemens are the major German manufacturers located here, along with global multi-utility companies and German and international retailers. We have world-renowned advertising agencies, including Grey, Publicis FCB and BBDO. Globally acting management consultancies are represented here, such as McKinsey & Co, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Ernst and Young, and KPMG. Duesseldorf has its own stock market and currency exchange, and is also a national center for banking and insurance. The city's international trade shows are famous throughout the world, attracting more than a million visitors each year. Among these, the stylish and flamboyant fashion fair is one of the most important market places for the international fashion industry.


This makes Duesseldorf the ideal city for an internship or a work placement period.