Where trade routes meet.

The first written mention of Frankfurt, originally “Franconofurt”, was as early as AD 794. The town subsequently developed into a commercial centre, a major venue for trade fairs and home to a flourishing stock exchange. Today, Frankfurt is one of Europe’s leading business locations. People come here not just to trade but also for research, finance and manufacturing.

Finanzbranche Frankfurt
Chemie- und Pharmabranche
Logistik und Verkehr
Informations- und Kommunikationstechnik
Messe Frankfurt

Flying high: the financial sector.

  • With the European Central Bank, German Bundesbank, 258 other financial institutions and around 8,400 financial service providers located in and around the city, Frankfurt is Europe’s financial centre.
  • The Frankfurt Stock Exchange is one of the world’s largest trading centres for securities.
  • The new “TechQuartier” Fintech Hub, an initiative of the City of Frankfurt and Goethe University, promotes the establishment of financial technology, start-ups in an environment beneficial for networking and development.
  • The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and 160 insurance companies are representing the insurance sector in and around Frankfurt.

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The formulation is working: chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

  • The entire chemical and pharmaceutical value creation chain is represented in the Rhine-Main region, including all service and infrastructure providers.
  • Important global players from the chemical and pharmaceutical industries come and locate here. There are already more than 90 companies employing 22,000 staff based at the Höchst Industrial Park alone.
  • Achema, the leading international trade fair for the chemical technology and process industry, takes place at the Messe Frankfurt exhibition grounds.

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On the right track: logistics and transport.

  • International air, road and rail networks, as well as inland waterway networks are connected through modern transport hubs in the Rhine-Main region.
  • Frankfurt Airport is in the top 10 of the world’s most important international cargo airports. With 24,000 tonnes of fresh fish handled here each year, that is more than at the Port of Hamburg.
  • The logistics and transport service industries are still the most important sources of employment in the region.
  • Companies and research centres, such as the House of Logistics & Mobility, provide a forward-looking impetus.

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Europe’s Silicon Valley: information and communication technology.

  • Over 40 % of the income of the 100 most powerful software companies in Europe is earned in and around Frankfurt.
  • All leading telecom companies as well as numerous dynamic start-ups and well-known institutes, such as the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Technology, can be found in the Rhine-Main region.
  • Around 85 % of national and 35 % of European internet traffic goes through Frankfurt and its DE-CIX Internet nodes. It has the highest data throughput of anywhere in the world.

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Global encounters: Messe Frankfurt.

  • Messe Frankfurt GmbH is one of the world’s largest trade fair organisers. The corporate group is present in more than 160 countries and organises trade fairs across the globe.
  • One of the largest trade fair venues in the world: In 2015 alone, there were 36 trade fairs with around 37,300 exhibitors and more than 1.23 million visitors at the company’s own exhibition grounds.
  • The high standards it maintains in its events, infrastructure and services ensure the quality of Messe Frankfurt.

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