Dortmund

The new Dortmund: scope for change

Dortmund, with its population of 600,000, is a conurbation in western Westphalia and the gateway to the Rhine-Ruhr region. A city of medium-sized companies and in the technology and services sectors, Dortmund's industrial core continues to be strong. And: the new Dortmund is a rapidly growing location. The dortmund-project, a division of the Economic Development Agency, has given new impetus to this trend, supported by strong partners: Since 2000, the agency's focussing of strengths from the city, economy and science in a unique network within the region - also based on cooperation strategies - has seen wide acceptance. Since the 1980s, Dortmund has focused on modern key industries, promoting them through the TechnologieZentrum Dortmund technology centre and the TechnologiePark Dortmund technology park, both situated in close proximity to the university. On a national and international level, Dortmund has made a name for itself as an innovative scientific location where tomorrow's technologies are developed today.

Increased employment in future-oriented sectors

Dortmund has become a centre for future-oriented sectors such as IT, micro- and nano-technology, logistics, and increasingly also for biomedicine and robotics, and the figures confirm that this trend is continuing. The number of people in employment is rising, with more than 37,000 employed by more than 1,400 companies in these sectors. 680 IT and software companies with 12,000 employees are based in Dortmund, making the city one of Germany's biggest software locations. More than 3,000 employees in 100 companies are specialised in e-commerce, and there are approximately 640 companies with almost 22,000 employees in the logistics sector. Eight per cent of Europe's employees in the micro-technology sector work in Dortmund, and 24 companies with around 1,700 employees mean Dortmund is Germany's biggest MST cluster and one of the biggest in Europe.

Innovation through education and science

The transfer of knowledge is practiced actively in Dortmund. The development of courses and research establishments, the intensive interaction between universities, research institutes and companies , together with the highly-qualified training of new personnel all serve to create major innovation potential for the sectors of the future. The next generation of entrepreneurs and scientists is receiving top-level support from companies and universities working together closely to guarantee practice-related training and education. Dortmund has 6,000 IT students, and a total of 50,000 university students in technological and scientific fields within a 100-kilometre radius allows Dortmund's businesses to draw from a large pool of specialists from all over the region.

A future-oriented location

As locations for a whole variety of sectors are required, the city of Dortmund Economic Development Agency supports a sustainable urban development policy, with a focus on the reactivation of industrial wastelands and their sector-oriented development. Top-quality locations combine residential, working and leisure areas. The lead project in this sector is the 200-hectare PHOENIX site, an area almost as large as 280 football pitches, with a new multi-functional technology location for the micro- and nano-technology and IT sectors on the PHOENIX West area and an attractive residential, working and leisure location by the PHOENIX Lake.

Increased employment in future-oriented sectors

Dortmund has become a centre for future-oriented sectors such as IT, micro- and nano-technology, logistics, and increasingly also for biomedicine and robotics, and the figures confirm that this trend is continuing. The number of people in employment is rising, with more than 37,000 employed by more than 1,400 companies in these sectors. 680 IT and software companies with 12,000 employees are based in Dortmund, making the city one of Germany's biggest software locations. More than 3,000 employees in 100 companies are specialised in e-commerce, and there are approximately 640 companies with almost 22,000 employees in the logistics sector. Eight per cent of Europe's employees in the micro-technology sector work in Dortmund, and 24 companies with around 1,700 employees mean Dortmund is Germany's biggest MST cluster and one of the biggest in Europe.

Innovation through education and science

The transfer of knowledge is practiced actively in Dortmund. The development of courses and research establishments, the intensive interaction between universities, research institutes and companies , together with the highly-qualified training of new personnel all serve to create major innovation potential for the sectors of the future. The next generation of entrepreneurs and scientists is receiving top-level support from companies and universities working together closely to guarantee practice-related training and education. Dortmund has 6,000 IT students, and a total of 50,000 university students in technological and scientific fields within a 100-kilometre radius allows Dortmund's businesses to draw from a large pool of specialists from all over the region.

A future-oriented location

As locations for a whole variety of sectors are required, the city of Dortmund Economic Development Agency supports a sustainable urban development policy, with a focus on the reactivation of industrial wastelands and their sector-oriented development. Top-quality locations combine residential, working and leisure areas. The lead project in this sector is the 200-hectare PHOENIX site, an area almost as large as 280 football pitches, with a new multi-functional technology location for the micro- and nano-technology and IT sectors on the PHOENIX West area and an attractive residential, working and leisure location by the PHOENIX Lake.