At year-end 2013, the German mechanical engineering sector
had direct investment volume of EUR 6. 2bn in the UK.
This related mainly to financial services such as investment funds, rather
than production plant. The challenge faced by mechanical engi-
neering companies in the past, and in the short term, is howto re-
act appropriately to changes in the financial markets, e. G. The de-
preciation ofthe Britishpound.