Strong SMEs and Brand with an International Reputation
Bielefeld is one of the 20 largest cities in Germany. With 148.000 * social-insurance-contributing workers and about 65.000 daily commuters * business location Bielefeld is the centre of East Westphalia-Lippe region (EWL).
With a gross domestic product of around €60 billion per year EWL is one of the fastest growing economic regions in Germany and is one of the leading technology locations in Europe.
A healthy mix of industries, a variety of well-trained professionals and excellent infrastructure, the area is characterized above all by a prevalence of medium-sized businesses.
Originally a centre of linen weaving, today residents of Bielefeld include world-famous companies from the food and beverage industry, the printing and clothing industry and the construction and mechanical engineering industries.
The services sector is dominated by the business services sector, particularly the IT industry, as well as personal health services, made famous by the diaconal institutions which are known throughout Europe such as the Bodelschwingh Institute Bethel and the Ev Johanneswerk.
Brands such as Oetker, Seidensticker, Dürkopp Adler, Windsor, Gildemeister, Schüco, Miele, Goldbeck, JAB Anstoetz and Alcina are testiment to the diversified economic structure of the city in the Teutoburg Forest.
(* As of June 2016)