Leverkusen owes its name, its origin and its economic rise to chemistry. Nowadays other lines of industry add to the successful mixture and contribute to the fact that the city has developed into an excellent location within the economically strongest region of the European Union. In Leverkusen the future has already started. Two important components are the promising sectors of healthcare and innovative materials.
In the middle of the 19th century the pharmacist Carl Leverkus founded a chemical factory along with a workers’ housing estate. This was the origin of the city of Leverkusen named after him and at the same time the nucleus of the world-famous Bayer AG. Even today the Bayer subsidiaries and spin-offs Bayer Health-Care, Bayer MaterialScience, Lanxess AG, Aliseca and Bayer Technology Services are among the top companies of the location and considerably characterize the cityscape. They are all located on the CHEMPARK site, one of the leading chemical parks in the world and the location of competence on the Rhine.
However, the business profile of Leverkusen is not determined by the global players from the chemical and pharmaceutical industry alone, innovative mediumsized companies are also strongly represented: metal processers, industrial service providers and automotive supply companies, plastic processing companies and representatives of the future industries of innovative materials, healthcare sector and environmental technology ensure that Leverkusen plays in the champions league also from an economic point of view.
According to a study by the Contor consulting company, Leverkusen is the only town in North Rhine-Westphalia that made it into the top 100 European locations with a population of more than 75,000, at nationwide level it is even in place 5. Among the largest employers are TMD Friction GmbH, a world-wide leading manufacturer of brake pads, the chemical group Kronos Titan GmbH as well as facilities of the healthcare sector. The latter include RNR Medizinische Versorgungszentren GmbH which operates at nationwide level, RehaTraining GmbH or MVZ synlab Leverkusen GmbH. They complete the sound mixture of industries consisting of efficient mediumsized companies.
A third of all regular employees covered by the social insurance system work in the processing trade. This strong production basis attracts innovative industrial service providers such as GIA Gesellschaft für industrielle Automatisierung mbH, EMP Planungsgesellschaft für Prozeßautomation mbH or WeteA-Wasser-Technische Anlagen Wilhelm Werner GmbH so that a sustainable mixture of competencies can be met at the location of Leverkusen.