Ricarda Stamms and Dr Simon Jenniches, International Affairs & New Markets


Ricarda Stamms and Dr Simon Jenniches – International Affairs & New Markets


Ricarda Stamms and Dr Simon Jenniches – International Affairs & New Markets

Your first port of call.

Krefeld – as international as your business.

Traditionally international. International trade relations have been cultivated in Krefeld for over 400 years, establishing a successful network. The global orientation can also be felt at local level: over 50% of all goods produced in Krefeld are exported.

Global expertise close at hand. KREFELD BUSINESS is the first port of call for Krefeld companies that have their sights set on international expansion. Our in-depth understanding of people and markets is the key to opening new markets and initiating new collaborations. We would be happy to put you in contact with foreign authorities and companies.

The world is at home in Krefeld. Here in Krefeld, global companies are ideally positioned to break into the German or European market. This is a locational advantage that more and more companies worldwide have come to appreciate.

The world is growing together. Be part of this growth.

What we have to offer

Krefeld foreign trade discussions

Free, up-to-date information on foreign trade developments and entering selected markets – but also a platform for exchanging views and experience.

India is booming. What is now the most populous country on earth has moved into the focus of global economic activity. Indian specialists are sought-after employees because of their excellent know-how. While German companies are investing in services, research, or production on the Indian market, well-known Indian companies and successful medium-sized companies from various sectors - such as Cyient, Wipro or BSV BioScience - are increasingly appreciating the potential of our region as a springboard to Europe.

Traditionally, cricket plays a prominent role in India. This sport is culturally and socially deeply anchored and is lived euphorically by players and spectators alike. Krefeld has the most important cricket facility on the European mainland, which is also popular among Indian expats.

Under the motto "Sports meets Business", KREFELD BUSINESS, together with NRW.Global Business, would like to show that sports can be a decisive location factor that arouses and strengthens the interest of foreign investors in North Rhine-Westphalia. At the same time, sports is a unifying theme. In this setting, it is easy to get in touch with foreign business partners in order to establish and expand business relationships.

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Podcast (Krefeld International)

Produced by local economic development agency KREFELD BUSINESS, the new interview podcast Krefeld International takes a close look at questions central to foreign trade and presents the international markets of the future. The podcast is presented by Eastern Asia expert Ricarda Stamms and economic geographer Dr Simon Jenniches from KREFELD BUSINESS. In the podcast, they examine market and country trends while also talking to guests about their own personal experiences.
You can find the international podcast here.

Information on residential requirements

KB welcomes people from non-EU countries who are interested in doing business in Germany and provides them with concise information about residential requirements. We have put together all the information you will need on residence permits.


Krefeld for expats

Getting to know and love Krefeld. That is what Krefeld for Expats tours aim to achieve. Provided by KREFELD BUSINESS, this service gives interesting insights into business and cultural life in Krefeld. It is easy to make new contacts and feel at home when attending events or relaxing over a beer.
You can find the dates and times and an application form here.


Krefeld’s global network – for example in:

China – It all began 400 years ago

The silk trade was the beginning. Since then, our relationship with China has gone from strength to strength. As well as business dealings, this has led to educational partnerships and cultural exchanges. Krefeld vocational students travel to China, while Chinese engineers develop high technology at Europark Fichtenhain. We are networked with Shanghai, Hangzhou and Xuzhou.


Ricarda Stamms
International Affairs & New Markets
Tel. +49 (0)2151 820 74-17

Japan – big names, big opportunities

Renowned Japanese companies such as Asics, Canon, Hitachi, Kawai, Mitsubishi, Nachi, Tamasu, THK and Yuasa have been coming to Krefeld since as far back as 1989. And Krefeld has become even more attractive as a location since 2019, when Japan and the EU created the world’s largest free trade zone. This also means that Japan – a leading player in the fields of AI, robotics and digitalisation – is becoming increasingly interesting for German companies.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please contact us.


The Netherlands – close ties with close neighbours

Although close geographically, there are considerable differences between Germany and the Netherlands when it comes to language and mentality. This is why it is a good idea for companies in either country to have a reliable and experienced intermediary and a local presence in the other market. KREFELD BUSINESS has long-standing contacts there – especially with its partner city Venlo. Talk to us. Neem contact met ons op.


Ricarda Stamms
International Affairs & New Markets
Tel. +49 (0)2151 82074-17

Dr. Simon Jenniches
International Affairs & New Markets
Tel. +49 (0)2151 82074-22

Angel Alava Pons
Adviser on Business and International Affairs
Tel. +49 (0)2151 86-1084