Rhine-Ruhr is a highly industrialized, densely populated region of Western Germany that includes the major cities of Bonn, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Dortmund and Essen. With a population of about 10 million, the region is one of the biggest metropolitan areas in Europe. Rhine-Ruhr also is one of the world’s 10 largest economic regions.
Rhine-Ruhr, at the center of Germany’s industrial heartland, is the historic headquarters of steel, mining and automobile production. These industries demand an active network of logistics distribution and industrial properties. In recent decades, Rhine-Ruhr has developed its service economy, with significant sectors in health, information technology, transport and logistics.
Trade plays an important role in the Rhine-Ruhr economy. Transport networks in the Rhine-Ruhr region are dense and effective. Dusseldorf has the highest highway and rail density in Europe. The A3 motorway in and around Cologne is the busiest expressway in Germany. The region has two international airports located in Cologne and Dusseldorf. The Rhine River is Europe’s most important inland waterway. Dortmund is home to the largest canal port in Europe, and Duisburg is the largest inland river port in Europe.
Given the region’s dense population and high incomes, consumption and e-commerce are spurring demand for warehouses and logistics facilities.
Prologis owns multiple industrial properties and warehouses in the Rhine-Ruhr region.