"We value Düsseldorf 's proximity to numerous markets, to excellent universities and research establishments, the outstanding infrastructure and international transport links," said Dr. Daniel Kleine, Düsseldorf Site Manager, Henkel AG & Co. KgaA. "At the same time, Düsseldorf is a pleasant place to live in and it also attracts international professionals."
In 1876, the 28-year old Fritz Henkel founded the company Henkel & Cie with two business partners to manufacture powder detergents in Aachen. Only two years later, the company founder relocated the company from Aachen to Düsseldorf. With that decision, Fritz Henkel demonstrated the right instinct for important location factors such as good transport connections. Today, Henkel is one of the most international companies in Germany with over 18 billion euros sales (2015). About 80% of the company's 50,000 employees work outside Germany. However, Düsseldorf is still corporate headquarters and 5,500 staff are located here, including the important R&D department and its largest production site.