The industrial core of the Ruhr metropolitan area is much strongly oriented around supply products than industrial heartlands of other metropolitan regions. The focus is on materials, industrial processes and the chemicals industry, which is increasingly specialised. Continual development of this industrial base has a major impact of the level of technological expertise in the Ruhr. This lead market continues to provide a strong stimulus for the economic dynamism of the region.
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