Between 2010 and 2018, FDI Markets recorded more than 9000 investment projects in Germany by some 7,100 foreign companies. In 2018 almost 1,100 projects were noted down, making it one of the highest numbers ever recorded. Germany is placed fourth worldwide in terms of FDI projects attracted. FDI results are based on greenfield project announcements (including expansions and joint ventures) collected in the Financial Times Group's FDI Markets database.
The most important countries as sources for new investment projects are the USA (20 percent of all investment projects since 2010), Switzerland (eleven percent) as well as the UK (nine percent) and China (seven percent). The ICT & software industry, and business & financial services are leading sectors in attracting new projects. The industrial machinery & equipment, textiles, consumer goods, and chemical industries are likewise attractive foreign investment sectors in Germany.
Most new projects open sales and marketing & support offices. One in seven investment projects is a manufacturing site or R&D-facility – making Germany a very important business location.