Herne

Economic development via structural transition

Where the period to the mid 1970s was characterised by mining and steel making, economic development today is largely supported by modern industrial companies and services. Since the mid 1980s a clear trend has seen the service sector establish itself as the largest employer. Despite this, modern, competitive manufacturing companies continue to generate 50 percent of local turnover - with an export share that is unusually high, even by the standards of the region: well over 50%.

Corporate landscape with a future

Herne has a high-performance corporate landscape - around 5,000 companies already utilise the location advantages that the city has to offer. Major companies and SMEs alike all benefit from the favourable conditions for production, services, trading and the crafts. In a converging Europe companies exploiting the central location of Herne enjoy positive conditions for services, manufacturing industry, trading and the crafts. Companies investing in Herne also benefit from the special subsidies that Herne is allocated in the scope of joint initiatives of the state and federal governments to improve the regional economic structure. Further subsidies are also available from the regional aid of the EU: Herne is an Objective 2 area.

About Herne

Herne lies at the centre of the Metropole Ruhr, with approximately 170,000 inhabitants, it is one of the larger cities in the region. The logistics, health, engineering and chemical sectors are the most significant pillars of its economic development. Primary cornerstones of business in Herne are the owner-managed medium-sized companies. The city is characterised by its excellent transport infrastructure and outstanding autobahn connections. 10 million potential customers are located within a 60 minute journey. This has helped to make Herne a sought-after distribution location for the dispersion and the delivery of goods to companies and households. Over 8,000 people are now employed in the logistics sector.

Economic development via structural transition

Where the period to the mid 1970s was characterised by mining and steel making, economic development today is largely supported by modern industrial companies and services. Since the mid 1980s a clear trend has seen the service sector establish itself as the largest employer. Despite this, modern, competitive manufacturing companies continue to generate 50 percent of local turnover - with an export share that is unusually high, even by the standards of the region: well over 50%.

Corporate landscape with a future

Herne has a high-performance corporate landscape - around 5,000 companies already utilise the location advantages that the city has to offer. Major companies and SMEs alike all benefit from the favourable conditions for production, services, trading and the crafts. In a converging Europe companies exploiting the central location of Herne enjoy positive conditions for services, manufacturing industry, trading and the crafts. Companies investing in Herne also benefit from the special subsidies that Herne is allocated in the scope of joint initiatives of the state and federal governments to improve the regional economic structure. Further subsidies are also available from the regional aid of the EU: Herne is an Objective 2 area.