Duisburg

Largest steel producing site in Europe

Water also played a key role in the emergence and rapid economic rise of the city. Rhine and Ruhr were already important trading routes in the mining region at the time of industrialisation. Water continues to play a key role, with Duisburg one of the key global locations of the steel industry. ThyssenKrupp Steel, Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann and Arcelor Mittal Steel are the three companies that make the city the centre of German steel production. According to production figures Duisburg occupies pride of place in European steel output, with some 16 million tonnes of raw iron and 17 million tonnes of raw steel a year (2005).

Inland port and logistics

The triumphal march of the logistics sector here is largely thanks to the Port of Duisburg. The largest inland harbour in Europe, it boasts 22 harbour basins and 17 transshipment quays with railway sidings. It is a hub for goods of every possible kind, which are distributed via water, rail or on the roads. 30 million people can be reached within a radius of just 150 kilometres of Duisburg. Wisely, in the scope of the structural transition Duisburg invested in logistics, reserving sites on the water for logistics companies. On the left bank of the Rhine, for example, on the 265 hectare site of a former steelworks, the Logport logistics centre has arisen. According to Erich Staake, Spokesman of the Board of Duisburger Hafen AG and Chairman of the Board of Management at Logport Logistic-Center Duisburg GmbH, around 2,500 jobs have already been created here. 85 percent of the site has already been marketed, with over 50 percent in operation (status: 2007). Global players of the logistics world have established themselves here, such as the Swiss Kühne + Nagel Group, Wincanton from Great Britain, NYK Logistics from Japan, Gökbora from Turkey, the German Rhenus Group and a host of medium-sized companies. On the right bank of the Rhine a ‘little sister’ is currently under construction, Logport II, also on a former industrial site

Education, research and science

With the establishment of the Gesamthochschule Duisburg in 1972 – now known as University of Duisburg-Essen - the city was able to raise its profile as a science and high-tech location. With over 30,000 students, the university, the result of a merger in 2003, is now one of the ten largest in Germany. Its four focal points are upon nanotechnology, genetic medicine and medical biotechnology, urban systems, logistics and transport as well as empirical education research.

Investment location on Rhine and Ruhr

The location is what defines this city: the Rhine, Germany’s largest waterway, flows to the North Sea through Duisburg, with the Ruhr coming from the East. There, where the Ruhr flows into the Rhine, is Duisburg, Germany's fifteenth largest city, according to population. A population of just below half a million (495,668 inhabitants in December 2007) live in this city, which is characterised by its waterways: 10 percent of the city is water, the waterfront is 114 kilometres long.

Largest steel producing site in Europe

Water also played a key role in the emergence and rapid economic rise of the city. Rhine and Ruhr were already important trading routes in the mining region at the time of industrialisation. Water continues to play a key role, with Duisburg one of the key global locations of the steel industry. ThyssenKrupp Steel, Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann and Arcelor Mittal Steel are the three companies that make the city the centre of German steel production. According to production figures Duisburg occupies pride of place in European steel output, with some 16 million tonnes of raw iron and 17 million tonnes of raw steel a year (2005).

Inland port and logistics

The triumphal march of the logistics sector here is largely thanks to the Port of Duisburg. The largest inland harbour in Europe, it boasts 22 harbour basins and 17 transshipment quays with railway sidings. It is a hub for goods of every possible kind, which are distributed via water, rail or on the roads. 30 million people can be reached within a radius of just 150 kilometres of Duisburg. Wisely, in the scope of the structural transition Duisburg invested in logistics, reserving sites on the water for logistics companies. On the left bank of the Rhine, for example, on the 265 hectare site of a former steelworks, the Logport logistics centre has arisen. According to Erich Staake, Spokesman of the Board of Duisburger Hafen AG and Chairman of the Board of Management at Logport Logistic-Center Duisburg GmbH, around 2,500 jobs have already been created here. 85 percent of the site has already been marketed, with over 50 percent in operation (status: 2007). Global players of the logistics world have established themselves here, such as the Swiss Kühne + Nagel Group, Wincanton from Great Britain, NYK Logistics from Japan, Gökbora from Turkey, the German Rhenus Group and a host of medium-sized companies. On the right bank of the Rhine a ‘little sister’ is currently under construction, Logport II, also on a former industrial site

Education, research and science

With the establishment of the Gesamthochschule Duisburg in 1972 – now known as University of Duisburg-Essen - the city was able to raise its profile as a science and high-tech location. With over 30,000 students, the university, the result of a merger in 2003, is now one of the ten largest in Germany. Its four focal points are upon nanotechnology, genetic medicine and medical biotechnology, urban systems, logistics and transport as well as empirical education research.