Economic data

Mönchengladbach – the “Manchester on the Rhine” and the heartland of the textile and clothing industry since the 19th century. Still today the city is home to well-known manufacturers of clothing and fabrics such as Alberto, Cinque, Gardeur and van Laack.

In addition to the textile and clothing industry, Mönchengladbach has also gained international significance as a competence centre for mechanical and plant engineering. Then there are the small and medium-sized textile machine engineering companies and supply companies for metal processing and electrical engineering, including some world-renowned full-service providers of leading technologies (SMS Meer, Rhenus Lub etc.). The region’s healthcare industry and its information and communications technology also enjoy a good reputation. Mönchengladbach’s good connections to the international transport network make it a top-performing logistics location.

Well connected

As the largest German city on the left bank of the Rhine, it offers companies favourable conditions: a diverse range of mixed-use, commercial and industrial areas that can be divided according to individual requirements Furthermore, its location – between the Ruhr region and the Rhine on the one hand and the Benelux countries on the other – means that goods can be transported across Germany and the whole of Europe.

The region also has excellent transport connections: Four federal motorways, two major railway stations, its own business airport and the nearby airports of Düsseldorf and Cologne connect to city to the world. Major inland ports (Duisburg, Krefeld, Venlo and Neuss) and seaports (Antwerp, Rotterdam and Amsterdam) are within easy reach.

Labour market development 2010–2019

Source:  Employment Agency, last updated 12/2019

  • Sustainably positive employment development
  • Rate of unemployment: 11.3% to 8.4% within 10 years
  • Rising demand for specialists across industries

Employment structure in selected industries

Manufacturing sector (total of 13,594 employees)

Trade (total of 17,417 employees)

Economic services (total of 19,787 employees)

Other (total of 27,759 employees)

Source data: Statistic from the Federal Employment Agency
Employees subject to social security contributions(SvB) at the location (AO)
Düsseldorf, December 2019

Jobs created and secured with WFMG involvement 2015–2019

In 2019, WFMG successfully supported a total of almost 85 companies, including 11 new settlements, 7 safeguardings of existing businesses, 50 expansions/relocations and 17 start-ups.

Public spaces sold between 2015 and 2019