Marl is a young but unmistakable city of the North Rhine Westphalia State and lies at the meeting point of the industrial megalopolis of the Ruhr-region and rural Münsterland. As a result, entirely different regional impacts are reflected in Marl. The city is characterised by a mix of industrial, natural and cultural properties.
The renowned Grimme prize, which is awarded for quality television broadcasts, the Sculpture Museum with the unparalleled collection entitled “Glasskasten [Glass Cage]” and the City Theatre offering prominent theatre and musical programmes serve as beacons in the cultural life of the region and the whole country.
Marl is a lively and pulsating city. All over the year and in many parts of the city, several events and festivals are organised. Non-governmental organisations make these programs even livelier. City Park Festival is an event with 20 years of traditions attracting many visitors from year to year that has become the festival to celebrate friendship between European nations.
The event held on 3 October is just one of the events in Marl that emphasize understanding and tolerance between cultures. Twin towns’ associations also act in this spirit to enliven contacts between cities. Marl has been nurturing fast friendship with Creil in France, Pendle in Great-Britain, Herzlia in Israel, Kusadasi in Turkey, and Bitterfeld in the east of Germany and Zalaegerszeg in Hungary.
With its 87,000 residents, the city of Marl is a major economic centre as the second largest settlement of the Recklinghausen District. The city is characterised by a synergy between agricultural and modern industrial plants. The main employers in the city are the mining and chemical industries.
About 10,000 people are employed by the Evonik Company and its subsidiaries and fifteen other companies operating in the Chemical Park Marl. As a result, Marl is one of the most significant chemical centres of Germany and Europe.
The Auguste-Victoria Mine, employing 40,000 workers, is a major extracting plant of the RAG German Coal Company, which is a major economic player not only in Marl but also in the whole of the region. The Auguste-Victoria Mine is one of the still operating mines in Germany in which operations are expected to be closed down in 2015.
Besides this, there are numerous medium sized enterprises specialised in automotive, handicraft, logistics and recycling operations in the city too that produce products that are market leaders.
For the past years, Marl has laid emphasis on attracting new businesses and creating jobs. Economic restructuring, among others, has lead to the creation of the Dorsten/Marl Industrial Park and the extension of the Chemical Park that is in its architectural and legal preparatory phase.