Industries in FRM
From start-ups to global players, from Fintech to construction - companies of every size and from almost every sector operate in the FrankfurtRheinMain (FRM) region. There are more than 2.2 million employees here. In addition, skilled workers from abroad find it particularly easy to integrate in the most international region in Germany.
Our banking and insurance sectors are well-known world-players. Alongside the international finance centre of Frankfurt, the FrankfurtRheinMain region is characterised by a wide variety of service sectors e.g. logistics and transport, information and communications technology, and cultural and creative industries, as well as numerous companies from the industrial sector e.g. healthcare, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.
Businesses here come in all shapes and sizes, from innovative start-ups to medium-sized companies and global players. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in particular, form the backbone of the FRM economy. Many of them are global leaders in their fields. What they like best about FRM is its geographic location in the centre of Europe, its international airport and the trade fair and exhibition centre in Frankfurt am Main.
Did you know...
- that the European Space Operations Centre has its headquarters in Darmstadt where 800 employees have already sent more than 80 satellites into orbit?
- that Frankfurt am Main is one of the 50 best start-up locations in the world?
- that FRM has more than 90 research institutes in addition to the universities?
- that Frankfurt am Main is the world’s largest internet hub?
Economic success is very evident in the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain and it needs qualified skilled workers. If you look for work here, you will most likely find a suitable job with outstanding career prospects. Below is a summary of the diverse industry clusters in FRM.
You probably know Frankfurt am Main as an international finance centre. The European Central Bank, German Federal Bank and numerous national and international banks have their headquarters here. Financial and insurance services are more important in the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain than in any other German metropolis. Wiesbaden is home to insurance companies and pension funds, and the German Stock Exchange has its headquarters in Eschborn. For several years the number of fintechs, financial start-ups, has been increasing.
The consulting sector offers knowledge-based services aimed at businesses, and the demand for qualified skilled workers with consultancy know-how is growing. The 50 most important consulting companies in the world are located in FrankfurtRheinMain. In total, there are more than 17,000 companies in the consultancy sector with almost 170,000 employees. The proximity to the financial markets and the availability of office premises make FRM an attractive location. Alongside large international corporations, regional companies generally specialise in consulting services for local clusters, such as logistics, finance, and information and communications technology (ICT). A particularly large number of self-employed people work in this sector. As well as Frankfurt am Main and Wiesbaden, you will find a lot of consulting companies in the Taunus, for example in Bad Homburg or Oberursel.
Logistics and Transport
Centrally located, in the heart of Europe, the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain is one of the most important international hubs. Frankfurt Airport, which handles more than 60 million passengers per year, is Germany’s largest commercial airport. It is also the largest cargo airport in continental Europe. The Frankfurt motorway junction, Frankfurter Autobahnkreuz, is the busiest junction in Germany and at the region’s railway stations, all of the major passenger and freight transport train lines meet. No wonder that the number of companies and employees operating in the aviation, rail traffic and logistics industry is high. Around 250,000 people work in over 12,000 logistics companies in the region.
Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Traditionally, the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain has always been an important location for the chemical industry and home to strong global players. Alongside subsiduaries of international companies, five of the twenty largest chemical companies in Germany have their headquarters in FRM, most of them to the south of the region. At the Industriepark Frankfurt Höchst, one of the most important locations for chemicals and pharmaceuticals in Europe, over 22,000 employees in around 90 companies are engaged in research, development and production.
Information and Communications Technology
With its outstanding digital infrastructure, the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain is an important location for information and communications technology (ICT). It hosts the world’s largest internet hub, the second largest number of data centres in Europe and some very well-developed broadband networks. Many ICT companies here supply the main players in the logistics, finance, consulting and healthcare industries with ICT services and software development. The most important centres are Mainz, Bad Homburg, Darmstadt and Eschborn. These companies recruit skilled workers from the numerous universities and technical colleges in the region, and there is also fierce competition for qualified employees. International skilled workers are in very high demand.
Cultural and Creative Industries
The creative industries in the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain are mainly found in Mainz for the media sector, and in Offenbach am Main for the design and advertising sector. The public broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) and the regional broadcaster Südwestdeutscher Rundfunk (SWR) have their headquarters in Mainz. A lot of companies in the broadcasting industry have also established themselves here. In addition, there are many offices for architecture and interior design. Offenbach is a magnet for small companies and projects, thanks to its University of Art and Design and relatively affordable property prices. International PR and advertising agencies are found in Frankfurt am Main, where there are also a lot of museums and galleries. Publishing is well-represented in Wiesbaden, and software based companies mainly in Darmstadt.
Internationally accessible, and with an excellent transport and digital infrastructure, the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain is an outstanding location for this strongly globalised cluster. These companies have a strong global presence. In particular, two European institutions in Darmstadt are extremely important: the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). Other major companies are located in Frankfurt, Raunheim and Oberursel. Almost 37,000 employees work in the aerospace industry in the region.
Environmental Technology and Energy
The environmental technology and energy sector is growing in the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain. It can be found in almost every field of industrial manufacturing, from engineering firms that manufacture solar cells, turbines and engines; energy, water and waste management to the wholesale of waste and scrap. Alongside companies, this cluster also includes a variety of initiatives, networks and associations with many different focal points. Research and development is conducted in the fields of chemistry, physics, biology, and electrical and mechanical engineering at the universities in the region, for example at the Energy Center of the TU Darmstadt.
Demographic changes and technological progress are leading to the healthcare sector becoming increasingly important. It offers opportunities for growth and job security. Almost 248,000 employees already work in the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain in this cluster. The large pharmaceutical companies are the main employers. Other important players in FRM are the university hospitals in Mainz, Frankfurt am Main and Gießen, the renowned Paul Ehrlich Institute and two Max Planck Institutes. Skilled workers are in urgent demand.
The automotive industry is one of the leading industries in the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain. This is steeped in tradition, as for over 100 years a notable German car manufacturer has had its headquarters in Rüsselsheim. Many suppliers and service providers, as well as engineering firms, are established nearby. In general, many of the 117,000 employees in this cluster work in upstream automotive production, i.e. in design, research and development. In particular, Japanese and Korean car manufacturers have their research and development centres in FRM.
Material technology involves researching and developing materials and raw materials. Innovations in this field are very important to many other industries, for instance by using resources in a more efficient and sustainable way. Germany is the European leader in the field of nanotechnology, and around 91,000 employees work in this cluster in the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain. It is worth noting the hidden champions, companies which are scarcely known to the public, but are global market leaders in their field. In FRM, these companies are mainly found to the east of the region in Hanau and the Main-Kinzig-Kreis.
The automation industry is one of Germany’s most innovative industries. It includes electrical, mechanical and plant engineering, energy and environmental technology, and robotics. 123,000 employees work in more than 4,000 companies in the automation cluster in the FrankfurtRheinMain region. Although there are plenty of automation-related degree courses and vocational training programmes in FRM, skilled workers are in urgent demand. With high-quality products and productive flexibility, you will also find a few global leaders - hidden champions - in FRM. They are mainly found in the district of Miltenberg, in and around Aschaffenburg, in the Wetterau, between the Rheingau-Taunus and the district of Gießen, and between Offenbach, Bergstraße and the Odenwald.