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      Germany improves its position in FDI rankings
Germany is one of the most attractive countries for foreign investors according to the current UNCTAD-study 'World Investment Report'. In 2010 the country received more than 46 billion USD (approximately 35 Billion euro) in FDI-Inflows from abroad, which puts it in second place in Europe after Belgium and sixth worldwide.  read full story more
 
         
 
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Doing business with Germany: German SMEs seize globalisation as a source of opportunity / copyright ZB-FUNKREGIO OST German SMEs seize globalisation as a source of opportunity
Small and medium-sized German enterprises continue to be very active abroad even after the economic and financial crisis. This is the finding of a study conducted by the KfW Bankengruppe, titled 'SMEs are seizing globalisation as a source of opportunity'.  more
Doing business with Germany: Production of newspaper printing machines in Augsburg, Germany / copyright dpa - International German machinery to power future industries
Fourteen new vehicle models with electrified powertrains and cutting-edge battery technology will be manufactured in Germany over the next three years. 75 percent of German-made wind turbines are exported. With the world’s highest export share of machinery & equipment, Germany is a top location to serve the entire global market for future technologies.  more
Doing business with Germany: Organic wine bottles with the 'Ecovin' label / copyright dpa - Report Organic wine gains in popularity
"Organic" is booming – and viticulture is no exception. In Germany, the cultivated areas producing organic wine have almost doubled over the last four years.  more
Doing business with Germany: The new engine manufacturing facility at BMW's Mannheim plant / copyright Daimler AG Germany's family businesses reach out to global markets
About 95 percent of German businesses have a family at their helm. That conservative establishment is engaging global markets in surprisingly versatile ways.  more
Doing business with Germany: Fairtrade enters German supermarket mainstream / copyright dpa Fairtrade enters German supermarket mainstream
Fairtrade products from around the world are increasingly making their way into regular German supermarkets. No longer a label restricted to speciality stores, the movement for conscientious consumers is blooming.  more
Doing business with Germany: German beauty firm goes global for pretty profits / copyright Colourbox German beauty firm goes global for pretty profits
German beauty firm Cosnova has made big business of small prices. The family-owned firm's strategy of variety paired with value has international cosmetic giants taking notice and losing sales to the German upstart.  more
Doing business in Germany: Germany fertile ground for very successful venture capital investments / copyright Colourbox Germany fertile ground for very successful venture capital investments
Venture Capital (VC) investments in German companies between 1998 and 2010 generated an average gross return of 11.4 percent. By comparison, similar investments in US companies yielded just 7.7 percent. This has been reported in a study by three of Germany's largest VC firms – Earlybird, Target Partners and Wellington Partners.  more
Doing business with Germany: A test cube with OLED as a novel surface light source / copyright dpa - Bildfunk Organic electronics get the green light in Germany
After a significant R&D phase, organic technologies are well on their way to becoming a breakthrough commercial success thanks to innovative developments taking place in Germany. They might mean nothing to you now, but the 'OLED' and 'OPVC' abbreviations will, in time, enjoy the sort of widespread cultural cachet currently afforded to the O's better known siblings 'e' and 'i'.  more
Doing business with Germany: A 'green' automobile at an electric filling station at the Hanover Fair / copyright dpa Energy policy generates debate at Hanover fair
Nuclear power and the consequences of the Fukushima leak are central themes at the Hanover trade fair, Germany's internationally renowned industrial fair. Possible effects on energy policy make this year’s theme, energy efficiency, all the more important.  more
Doing business with Germany: Business visitors at the Hanover fair in Germany / copyright dpa - International German business: international links as a source of strength
For 150 years the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) has represented the interests of German business. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle spoke at a special anniversary ceremony held at the Federal Foreign Office.  more
 
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