Bielefeld is the cultural and economic hub of the East Westphalia-Lippe region. Founded in 1214 as a merchant town, Bielefeld's image today is that of an emerging university city, with more than 30,000 students from all over the world.
Bielefeld is home to numerous world-renowned companies steeped in tradition. A wholesome mix of industries comprised of mostly medium-sized companies, a culture of high-quality service, and the outstanding transport infrastructure make Bielefeld a first-class location – as does the innovative and outward-looking academic landscape.
Originally a hub for linen weaving, Bielefeld is now home to world-renowned companies in the food industry, printing, clothing, construction, and mechanical engineering. Oetker, Seidensticker, Graphia, Dürkopp, Windsor, Gildemeister, Schüco, Goldbeck, and Alcina: These are just a few select names which bear witness to the broad scope of the city's economic structure.