Last year, 1851 foreign companies have set up their business in Germany. Although the absolute number of investment projects fell by around 10 percent compared with the record year 2018, the number of jobs planned increased significantly - from 24,000 (2018) to 42,000 (2019). This is the result of this year’s FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) reporting by Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI).
The country setting up the most greenfield and expansion projects in Germany were the United States with 302 investment projects, followed by the UK with 185, ahead of Switzerland and China with 184 and 154 investment projects respectively. For the first time in many years, China has fallen out of the top three most important countries of origin. The significant increase in investments from the United Kingdom is also worth mentioning in particular. This is primarily due to Brexit.
Germany remains attractive as a production location: The number of companies which want to use Germany as a production or research location has risen by two points to 19 percent.
Most investors came from the ICT sector, followed by business and financial services and the consumer goods sector. The overall investment volume rose to 5.1 billion euros (2018: 4.8 billion euros).
These and other results can be found in the overall presentation of our FDI Report as a PDF download: