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.


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Labour market development 2006–2017

Source: Employment Agency Mönchengladbach, last updated 30/06/2017

  • Sustainably positive employment development
  • Rate of unemployment: 14.4% to 10.4% within 10 years
  • Rising demand for specialists across industries
  • Current figures: Rate of unemployment 9.6%, 13,459 unemployed (June 2018)

Employment structure in selected industries

Manufacturing sector (total of 15,917 employees)

Trade (total of 14,702 employees)

Economic services (total of 19,411 employees)

Other (total of 32,033 employees)

Source data: Statistic from the Federal Labour Office
Employees subject to social security contributions(SvB) at the location (AO)
Düsseldorf, March 2018

Employment in selected industries 2008–2017

Source: Employment Agency Mönchengladbach

Jobs created and secured with WFMG involvement 2013–2017

In 2017, the WFMG completed a total of 36 company-related projects, including 15 expansion and relocation projects, seven relocated companies and 14 start-ups