DIHK-Survey: Foreign investments continue to rise - Germany benefits

13.04.18

With the “Foreign investments continue to rise - Germany benefits" survey on foreign investments in manufacturing industry in the spring of 2018, the association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) is presenting an analysis based on the results of a supplementary survey as part of the DIHK business survey at the beginning of 2018.

Main results of DIHK-Survey – Foreign investments in manufacturing industry 2018:

  • With the positive development of the economy in most regions of the world, the global investment activities of German companies also continue growing. More than a third of industrial companies are planning to increase their foreign investment budgets, with only nine percent planning a reduction (balance of "higher" and "lower": 27 points), making growth even stronger than in the previous year (2017: 20 points)
  • For the first time, the investment intentions of industrial companies at home and abroad are on the same level. In recent years, industrial companies abroad have been continually planning significantly more expansive investments than here in Germany, mainly due to the high capacity utilization and the large backlog demand for equipment.
  • Companies with foreign investments see the greatest risks to their business development in the supply of skilled workers (67 percent) as well as personnel and energy costs (46 and 45 percent respectively) in Germany.

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