Germany Trade & Invest recorded a record of 2,062 foreign direct investment projects in 2018. This confirmed the excellent results of the two previous years (2017: 1,910 projects; 2016: 1,944 projects; 2015: 1,912 projects).
The companies stated that they would create at least 24,000 new workplaces. The number of press clippings in the national and international press demonstrates the great economic and political interest in Investment Location Germany.
The country setting up the most greenfield and expansion projects were the United States, with 345 projects. Switzerland registered 229, China 188, the UK 168 and the Netherlands 130. The most important investor zone in Germany remains the EU, from whose member states 41% of all investment projects originate. Almost every fifth project comes from Asia.
As in years past, corporate and financial services are the main sectors for investment. They represent about 22% of all new projects, ahead of ICT & software with 16% and consumer goods industry at 9%.
The most popular activity remains the opening of sales and marketing offices (31%). Services represent 19% while Production and R&D represent 17% of all investment projects.
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