Despite the euro crisis, the German economy is still performing relatively well, not least because of the strong industrial
base that has existed in Germany for decades.
German car makers and mechanical engineering firms are now taking full
advantage of the growing prosperity in the emerging markets beyond Europe, and are additionally gaining market share in
Europe. The Dutch technology industry, suppliers in the metal, rubber and plastics sectors and technical service providers are
benefiting from this, but it is evident that the potential has yet to be fully utilised. German manufacturers are increasingly turning to
the east, but also still to the country’s southern neighbours, to find their suppliers.
Besides analysing this trend, this report looks in
more depth at the structure and future of German manufacturing and the possibilities for Dutch industry to strengthen its position