Italy continues to be an interesting market for Bavarian mechanical engineering. Due to its geographical proximity, economic relations are particularly strong with Bavaria. Italian mechanical engineering, especially in the north of the country, is similarly characterised by a strong middle class. Bavaria and the north of Italy have a similar economic power, while the south of Italy unfortunately lags behind the rest of the country economically.
Mexico is an interesting market. The export volume of Bavarian machinery and plant construction to Mexico in 2018 was EUR 758 million. Conversely, Mexican companies exported machines worth EUR 38 million to Bavaria in 2018. Cooperation is also close at the political level. This was evident during a delegation and business trip accompanied by the Bavarian State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Roland Weigert, at the beginning of June 2019.
A business trip from 22 - 25 October 2019 takes Bavarian companies to Japan under the title "Smart Technologies - Smart Production". Japanese global players such as Toyota and Suzuki as well as many medium-sized companies are based there. This makes the region attractive for Bavarian companies.
Functioning large-capacity and heavy-duty transports are an important part of the supply chains in every branch of mechanical and plant engineering. In reality, slow procedures, dilapidated infrastructure - especially bridges - and a lack of transparency in responsibility dominate. Bavarian discussion group on large-capacity and heavy-duty transportation uncovers problems.
Dieter Janecek, member of the Bundestag of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, visited Haimer GmbH in Igenhausen near Augsburg on February 25, 2019 as part of his VDMA internship. The mechanical engineering association, whose regional chairman Claudia Haimer is at the same time the managing partner and co-founder of Haimer GmbH, has been running this format for several years. Janecek's predecessors included the current Minister of the Interior of Baden-Württemberg Strobl (CDU) and the current Minister of Employment Hubertus Heil (SPD).
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