Find it: Industries in FRM
From start-ups to global players, from FinTech to handicrafts: companies of all sizes and from almost all industries operate in the FrankfurtRheinMain (FRM) region. There are more than 2.2 million employees here. We are also Germany’s most international region. Our companies are adept at integrating foreign professionals.
Our banking and insurance industry is influential and renowned the world over. Besides its international centre of finance- Frankfurt, the region of FrankfurtRheinMain is characterised by a wide variety of service sectors, such as logistics/transport, information and communications technology as well as cultural and creative industries. There are also countless companies from the industrial sector: healthcare, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and so on.
Businesses here come in all sizes from innovative start-ups to medium-sized companies and global players. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are 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 world-class exhibitions and conferences that are held in Frankfurt am Main.
Did you know?
- The European Space Operations Centre is headquartered in Darmstadt. Its 800 employees have already sent more than 80 satellites into orbit.
- Frankfurt am Main is one of the 50 best start-up locations in the world.
- FRM has more than 90 research institutes in addition to its universities.
- Frankfurt am Main is home to the world’s largest internet exchange point.
The metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain has an extremely successful economy and needs qualified professionals. Your job search here is certain to provide you with a suitable position with outstanding career prospects. We have summarised the versatile industries of FRM for you below, in the form of clusters.
You are most probably aware that Frankfurt am Main is an international centre of finance. The European Central Bank, German Central Bank and many other national and international financial institutes are headquartered here. In the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain, the significance of financial and insurance services is higher than in any other German metropolis. Wiesbaden is home to insurance companies and pension funds, Deutsche Börse AG has its headquarters in Eschborn. For the past few years, more and more FinTechs, financial start-up businesses, have been popping up.
The consulting sector offers knowledge-intensive business services. It has a growing demand for qualified consultants. The 50 most important consulting companies in the world are located in FrankfurtRheinMain. In total, there are more than 17,000 consulting businesses here, and almost 170,000 people work in the industry. The proximity to the financial market and the availability of office premises make FRM an attractive location. Besides major international corporations, there are regional companies specialising in consulting services for local clusters, such as logistics, finance and information and communications technology (ICT). This sector has a particularly large number of self-employed people. Besides Frankfurt am Main and Wiesbaden, the Taunus region has a lot of consulting firms.
Logistics and transport
Its central location in the heart of Europe makes the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain one of the most important international hubs. Frankfurt Airport, Germany’s largest passenger airport, handles more than 60 million passengers every year. It is also the largest cargo airport in continental Europe. The Frankfurt highway (Autobahn) interchange is Germany’s busiest interchange. All important passenger and cargo railway lines in Germany meet at the region’s railway stations. Unsurprisingly, there is a vast number of businesses and employees operating in the aviation, rail traffic and logistics industry. Around 250,000 people work in more than 12,000 logistics companies in this region.
Chemistry, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
The metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain has always been an important location for the chemical industry. Many strong global players are at home here. Next to branches of international companies, five of the twenty largest German chemical enterprises are headquartered in FRM, most of them in the south of the region. The Industriepark Frankfurt Höchst is one of the main centres of the European chemical and pharmaceutical industry. More than 22,000 employees in around 90 companies conduct their research, development and production activities here.
Information and communications technology
The metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain has an outstanding digital infrastructure that makes it an important centre for the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. It hosts the world’s largest internet exchange point, the second-highest amount of server centres in Europe and extremely well-developed broadband networks. Many ICT businesses supply the main players in the logistics, finance, consulting and healthcare industries with ICT and software development services. The most important centres of this sector are Mainz, Bad Homburg, Darmstadt and the Main-Taunus-Kreis including Eschborn. Companies working in this sector recruit professionals from the many universities located in the region. There is fierce competition for qualified employees. International professionals are in high demand.
Cultural and creative industries
The creative industries in the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain are mainly located in Mainz, the media centre, and the Offenbach am Main, the design and advertising centre. Both the public broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) and the regional broadcaster Südwestdeutscher Rundfunk (SWR) have their headquarters in Mainz. A lot of companies from the broadcasting industry operate from this city. In addition, there are many architecture and interior-design firms. Owing to its University of Art and Design and relatively affordable property prices, Offenbach is a magnet for small companies and projects. International PR and advertising agencies operate in Frankfurt am Main, a city of museums and galleries. The publishing industry is particularly strong in Wiesbaden, while Darmstadt is home to many software companies.
The metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain is outstandingly connected and boasts an excellent transport and digital infrastructure. These factors have made it an important hub for the highly globalised aerospace industry. Companies in this sector have a strong international focus. Two European institutions in Darmstadt are particularly significant: 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 FRM.
Environmental engineering and energy
The environmental engineering and energy sector is growing in the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain. It is present in almost all fields of industrial manufacturing: from engineering firms that manufacture solar cells, turbines and engines to energy, water and sewerage maintenance companies and businesses involved in the wholesale of waste and scrap. Besides companies, this cluster also contains a large number of initiatives, networks and associations with many different priorities. The universities of this region conduct research and teaching activities in the fields of chemistry, physics, biology, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. The Energy Centre at TU Darmstadt is just one of many examples.
As Germany undergoes demographic changes and achieves technological progress, the healthcare sector becomes increasingly important. It offers excellent growth opportunities and job security. Almost 248,000 employees work in this cluster in the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain. Its main employers are the large pharmaceutical companies. Other important players in the FRM healthcare sectors are the university hospitals in Mainz, Frankfurt am Main and Gießen, the renowned Paul Ehrlich Institute and two Max Planck Institutes. There is an urgent need for professionals.
The automotive industry is one of the leading industries in the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain. It has held this status for a long time: for more than 100 years, a major German car manufacturer has been headquartered in Rüsselsheim. Many suppliers and service providers, among them engineering firms, have their offices in this region. Many of the 117,000 employees in this cluster work in upstream automotive production, i.e. design, research and development. In particular, a lot of Japanese and Korean car manufacturers carry out their R&D activities in FRM.
The field of material technology is dedicated to researching and developing materials. Innovations in this field benefit many other industries, for instance by helping them use resources more efficiently and sustainably. Germany is the European leader in the field of nanotechnology. Around 91,000 employees work in this cluster in the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain. Take note of the hidden champions, publicly virtually unknown companies that are global market leaders with their products. In FRM, these companies are located primarily in the eastern part: Hanau and the Main-Kinzig-Kreis.
The automation industry is one of Germany’s most innovative industries. It comprises electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, plant engineering, power technology, environmental technology and robotics. 123,000 employees work in more than 4,000 companies in the automation cluster in FrankfurtRheinMain. Although there are plenty of automation-related degree courses and vocational training programmes in FRM, there is an urgent need for professionals. This cluster also contains a number of globally leading hidden champions that manufacture high-quality products and boast a great deal of productive flexibility. In FRM, they are centred in the district of Miltenberg, in and around Aschaffenburg, in the Wetterau-Kreis, between the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis and the district of Gießen, and between Offenbach, Kreis Bergstraße and the Odenwaldkreis.