German companies are investing abroad like never before, making the country the world’s biggest foreign investor after the United States. German companies' direct investment abroad, average around €50 billion a year. Lack of sales growth in Germany and in Europe and in companies’ expectations for coming years, high production costs, especially high energy prices compared with the U.S. or emerging markets are factors encouraging German companies to invest abroad. Mid-size German companies, the backbone of the German economy (Mittelstand) are also interested in expanding their production capacity in overseas markets where sales are growing.

German Presence

  1. Russia: 6,200 German companies are active in Russia
  2. Turkey: The number of German companies and Turkish companies with German capital interest in Turkey has now risen to approximately 5,750
  3. China: There are already more than 5,000 German companies operating in China.
  4. USA: About 3,500 German majority-owned business operations are present in the U.S. Germany companies employ almost 581,000
  5. India: There are more than 1600 Indo-German collaborations and over 600 Indo-German joint ventures in operation
  6. Brazil: There are more than 1,300 German-Brazilian companies employing a total workforce of approximately 250,000 people.
  7. Mexico : Some 1,300 companies with German capital participation are registered with the Mexican Secretariat of Economy
  8. United Arab Emirates: There are some 1,000 German companies operating in UAE (a number that is trending upwards), most of them in Dubai (approximately 600) and Abu Dhabi, and a far smaller number in the five Northern Emirates.
  9. Canada: There are 800 German subsidiaries in Canada
  10. South Africa: There are approximately 600 German companies operating in South Africa
  11. Thailand: There are nearly 600 German companies operating in Thailand
  12. South Korea: There are some 500 German companies or firms with German equity participation operating in the country.
  13. A Malaysia: A total of more than 350 German companies have offices in Malaysia and around 70 operate production plants there.
  14. Australia: There are more than 340 subsidiaries of German companies, with a total of some 640 places of business, operating in Australia and providing – directly or indirectly – over 100,000 jobs.
  15. Indonesia: There are currently more than 300 German companies operating in Indonesia, many with their own production facilities. They include not only global players but also many small and medium-sized companies covering a broad section of German business.
  16. Argentina: There are a total of more than 200 companies with German capital operating in Argentina, directly providing over 22,000 jobs.

Non-EU Recipient Countries of All Foreign Direct Investments (2013)

  1. U.S.A.
  2. China and Hong Kong
  3. Canada
  4. Brazil
  5. Australia
  6. Singapore
  7. Russia
  8. Mexico
  9. India
  10. Saudi Arabia
  11. Japan
  12. Chile
  13. Indonesia
  14. Turkey
  15. Thailand
  16. South Korea
  17. Malaysia
  18. South Africa
  19. Colombia
  20. Kazakhstan

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