Germany Country Report

Innovation drives economy

Germany is a pioneer and leader in automotive production and technology. Photo: EPA

Germany is renowned as the birthplace of numerous inventors and engineers whose work has altered the course of history. Hans Geiger created the Geiger counter, Konrad Zuse built the first electronic computer, and a host of other visionaries laid the foundations for automotive and air transport technology.

Wednesday, 22 July, 2015, 5:27pm

Message from Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff

Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff, German consul general

This year marks the 25th anniversary of German reunification. This significant event had a lasting positive influence on Germany and Europe as it represented the overcoming of Europe's separation and has led Germany to its role in Europe today.

22 Jul 2015 - 5:16pm

Time to celebrate in style

Beer and pretzels make an irresistable combination. Photo: Thinkstock

No foreign festival has had such an effect on Hong Kong as Oktoberfest. Barrels of beer, mounds of food, foot-tapping oompah music, exotic costumes and a sense of hilarity make one of the most enjoyable celebrations in the calendar.

22 Jul 2015 - 5:12pm

Rubber industry trailblazer Mehler Engineered Products expands globally

Jorg Czempisz, CEO

Established in Germany, where most of the world's leading automotive makers originated, Mehler Engineered Products bundles 300 years of rubber reinforcement experience to bolster the tyres, belts and other rubber components of vehicles such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and Volkswagen. 

22 Jul 2015 - 5:06pm

Innovation defines Oskar Frech's push for die-casting excellence

(From left): Jurgen Lamparter, executive director for sales, cold chamber die-casting machines; and Louis Braun, executive director for marketing and sales, cold chamber die-casting machines

From car engine blocks and escalators to mobile phones and zippers, everything ranging from commonplace products to the most sophisticated begin as molten metal injected into a mould. Die casting has allowed companies such as Oskar Frech to manufacture precision products that demand the highest dimensional accuracy for automotive, information technology (IT) and other sectors. 

22 Jul 2015 - 3:46pm

Rhine-Waal University is setting cross-cultural trends

Dr Heide Naderer, president

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is quickly gaining a reputation as an innovative, interdisciplinary and international university. Established in 2009, the state-funded university offers specialised engineering and technology programmes, many of which are taught in English and not found at other German universities.

22 Jul 2015 - 3:42pm

Schiess guarantees premium quality with new medium-sized machines

Xin Guan, managing director

Schiess is synonymous with heavy and large-dimensioned turning and milling centres with guides that are durable and almost wear-free. 

22 Jul 2015 - 3:21pm

BLG Logistics serves as gateway to the world

Frank Dreeke, president and CEO

Globalisation has changed Asia's position on the economic map, making any company's presence in the region a driver for success. Understanding the advantages of powerful ties with Asia early on, BLG Logistics established representative offices in Shanghai and Beijing. 

22 Jul 2015 - 3:16pm

Volkswagen powers towards reshaping mobility, sustainability

Dr Jochem Heizmann, member of the board management for Volkswagen, and president and CEO of Volkswagen Group China

As the world's biggest automotive producer and market, China is positioned to transform the entire car industry - ushering innovations that range from powerful and elegant vehicles to new-energy models that redefine greener mobility.

22 Jul 2015 - 2:56pm

Asean renaissance fuels Volkswagen's expansion

Weiming Soh, executive vice-president and president of commercial operations in Greater China and Asean

With a population of about 600 million and a rising middle class fuelling an increasing need for mobility, the outlook for Asean's automotive industry looks promising. Competitive labour costs, sound investment policies and the wide availability of vehicle component manufacturers supported by the upcoming Asean Economic Community make the region a favourable destination for car manufacturers. Leveraging its success and experience in China, Volkswagen Group has ambitious plans to strengthen its presence, dealerships and offerings in Asean.

22 Jul 2015 - 2:44pm

BBC Chartering pursues exceptional undertakings in project shipping

Svend Andersen, CEO

Having one of the world's largest and most versatile fleets under management today, BBC Chartering has established itself as the premier global provider of key services for project logistics in the heavy-lift and multipurpose shipping segment. Over the last 18 years, the Leer-based company has developed unrivalled expertise in transporting materials and equipment on time and in perfect condition even to the most remote locations throughout the globe.

22 Jul 2015 - 2:38pm

Balluff raises standards in manufacturing automation

Michael Unger, managing director and CEO

Automation has brought higher levels of precision and operational efficiency in industrial manufacturing. Evolving from a small firm in 1921 to a medium-sized company with a global footprint, family-owned Balluff has proudly contributed to pushing the limits of automation with its comprehensive portfolio of more than 30,000 sensor technology products, solutions and systems. 

22 Jul 2015 - 11:06am

Richard Wolf technologies solve Asia's growing medical needs

Jurgen Steinbeck, managing director

Since the 1980s, minimally invasive surgery has had a significant impact in medicine, reducing post-operative complications from wound infections and lowering mortality risks. Fusing medicine with science, globally renowned German company Richard Wolf shares a century of expertise in the field of endoscopy to deliver first-class medical products and systems solutions within Asia.

22 Jul 2015 - 10:48am

IKA turns R&D visions into reality

Erhard Eble, vice-president, IKA Group

Research and development (R&D) has evolved from being an expensive strategy afforded only by the biggest industry players to a necessity for every business. Whether it is developing a cure for a rare disease or finding ways to mine coal more sustainably, R&D transforms visions into reality.

22 Jul 2015 - 10:12am

Sewing technology expert firms up growth plans in Asia

Dietrich Eickhoff, chairman of the executive board

With a history spanning more than 150 years and a solid track record in the field of industrial sewing equipment, Durkopp Adler has become synonymous with high-performance products and innovative solutions. Seeing Asia's shift towards high-quality equipment and manpower-lean methods to boost productivity, the leading German manufacturer believes the timing is right to strengthen its footprint in the region, particularly in China. 

21 Jul 2015 - 5:59pm