Industries in Germany

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Automotive & Aviation

The automotive industry is a driving force behind Germany´s accelerating economy, making it a primary location for innovative car manufacturers and suppliers. With aircraft production on a constant upswing, aerospace opportunities in Germany are sky-high.

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Chemical Industry

As one of the largest and oldest industries in Germany, chemical products play an elemental role in Germany´s ever-growing economy. Its building blocks include new materials, energy efficient processes, and solution-driven engineering expertise.

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Consumer Industries

Thanks to low unemployment and private debt levels, consumer spending in Germany has remained remarkably stable in recent years. In 2011, Germans had about EUR 1.6 trillion disposable income to spend - 2.6 percent more than in 2010.

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Corporate Services

Germany is one of the largest growth markets for the BPO & SSC industry. More and more international companies are locating in Germany as the country combines high innovation capacity, an excellent workforce, and state-of-the-art infrastructure with moderate wage cost developments, a competitive tax system, and one of the highest productivity rates in Europe.

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Demographic Change

Major global demographic change continues apace in this the second decade of the 21st century. The current world population of 7 billion is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. The global population is expanding, but at a slower rate than before, with western industrial nations experiencing shrinking populations while population growth in the developing world continues unabated.

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Digital Economy

Germany has surfed it´s way to the top of the digital age with the most internet users in Europe. With 77 percent (63 million) of its population regularly online, Germany is a must-have market for e-commerce, global internet, and online gaming companies.

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Electronics & Microtechnology

The German electronics industry proudly stands in first place in terms of European semiconductor and display market size, and the "Silicon Saxony" region has shined as one of the top five semiconductor clusters worldwide.

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Energy

For decades, Germany has been the global pioneer in applying renewable energies and environmental technologies. The country strives to give this world a brighter future with ambitious goals to cut CO2 emissions by 80% and increase the share of total renewable energy consumption to 60% by the year 2050.

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Building Industry

Germany is widely acknowledged as a global leader in energy efficiency. Its thriving market for energy efficiency (valued at over 100 billion annually) has been created through evolutionary environmental policies, a favorable price environment, and a culture that strongly values sustainability.

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Energy Infrastructure

Major investments in the expansion of the transmission and distribution networks are planned as a result of renewable energy integration and the growing consolidation of Europe’s energy markets.

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Energy Storage Industry

Energy storage systems are an integral part of Germany’s Energy Transition from fossil fuels to renewables (Energiewende). The country remains the lead target market and first choice for companies seeking to enter this expanding industry. In a time where reliable energy storage is needed most, Germany stands out as a unique market, development platform, and export hub.

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Environmental Technologies

It’s not the wursts that bring investors to Germany; it’s the pioneering environmental policies and ingrained legal framework. These key assets have made environmental technologies one of the most important economic sectors in Germany and have helped establish themselves as a leading player in all green markets worldwide.

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Information Technologies

Germany’s ICT market is the largest in Europe, and for good reason. The country’s Mittelstand is both an innovative driver and extensive customer base for ICT and security solutions. “Made in Germany” is a brand that stands for quality, innovation, expertise, and excellent reputation in global markets.

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Healthcare and Life Sciences

Representing Europe’s most populous country, Germany offers the largest market for Healthcare and Life Sciences products. Both market demand and location factors make it a priority for many international companies preparing for expansion to build up their footprint in Germany.

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Lightweight Industries

The development and use of lightweight construction solutions is an important ingredient for the competitiveness of German industry and is a crucial part of numerous industries.

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Logistics Industry

Located at Europe's center, Germany is the continent's largest economy and most important logistics hub, offering world-class infrastructure and cutting-edge logistics services.

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Machinery & Equipment Industry

Germany's Machinery and Equipment (M&E) sector is the largest and strongest in Europe. The sector is dominated by small and medium-sized companies that provide customized products and small series to meet the strong demand of both domestic and international manufacturing industries.

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Materials Processing and Technologies

The development and processing of materials and technologies represents a core element of Germany’s innovative industry culture. Both the fundamental research for “new materials” and the processing of semi-finished products to create industrial finished parts make a considerable contribution to industrial value added to Germany.

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