"SANCTION POLICIES HAVE LED TO UNCERTAINTY FOR EXPORTERS TO RUSSIA"
As the largest agricultural country in the world, Russia’s demand for machinery is extremely high. The Kremlin wants to cover this demand using domestic technology. How can innovative manufacturers survive there? An interview.
BACKGROUND: MEXICO - A LONG WAY OFF BECOMING AN INDUSTRIAL SUPERPOWER
Mexico is a very large country. 19 European countries, including Germany, would fit into the size of the largest of the Central American countries, while 22 million people live in the metropolitan area of Mexico City, which is more than in most European capitals put together. The country's ambitions are correspondingly large.
US TAX REFORM AND ITS IMPACT ON GERMANY'S MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SECTOR
Initial analyses suggest that the changes to US tax law will not only have an impact on the American economy, but also on other industrial nations and thus for German mechanical engineering.
EXPORTS SECURE SUCCESS
After several years of virtual standstill, sales revenues in the German mechanical and plant engineering sector grew by around 3 percent in 2017, reports Ulrich Ackermann, Head of VDMA Foreign Trade. For VDMAimpulse he not only looks back, but also looks to the future.
CHALLENGES TO PRODUCTION IN SAUDI ARABIA - USING LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES
It is not only state-owned companies who are urging suppliers to consider local production. However, maintaining a branch office or even a production facility in Saudi Arabia poses a particular challenge.
GULF STATES ON THE VERGE OF CHANGE
The Gulf States want to achieve independence from oil prices by changing their economic and domestic policies. A drop in oil prices since 2014 has resulted in many investment projects put on hold. This also has effects on the export figures in mechanical engineering. Despite political tensions in the region, however, reform efforts are generally perceptible.
BRIGHT FUTURE FOR PHOTONICS
Researching new laser technologies or developing optical networks - on average, photonics companies are investing 9 percent of their turnover into research and development, with some photonics sectors even investing up to 15 percent. As a result, lighting technologies offer great potential for growth and innovation, as shown by two new studies.