The craft sector is multifaceted; it is unlike any other area of business and its small and medium-sized enterprises lie at the very heart of Cologne's economy.
With total revenue in excess of 14.7 billion euros in the Cologne/Bonn region, 185,000 employees in 151 occupations requiring formal training and a high number of self-employed people, the craft sector is a big hitter in Cologne's economy. The craft sector makes an important ongoing contribution to the development of the city and to its economic strength and vitality. Whether for private consumers or for trade and industry - the craft sector offers a varied and high-quality range of goods and services.
The craft sector has managed to remain stable in spite of the economic crisis. One particularly pleasing result of this is the level of training provided by craft enterprises, which continues to be high. The total number of craft apprentices in the Cologne area was around 15,000 at the end of 2009.
Craft sector challenges the future
The craft sector is multifaceted and unlike any other area of business: craftspeople are traditionally skilled in trades such as building and finishing, electrics and metalworking, woodworking and the food trade. Although manual dexterity continues to be a basic requirement in the craft sector, many professions can no longer manage without high-tech systems. Craftspeople thus look to the future and new challenges in their work. In the media centre of Cologne they work, amongst other things, for film and television productions. Photo: dapd