BERLIN and ATLANTA – The twenty year anniversary of the reunification of Germany yesterday put the spotlight back on the formerly divided country and its capital, Berlin. Located at the center of Eastern Germany, Berlin now boasts one of the world’s most impressive infrastructure projects, Berlin Brandenburg International airport. The airport adds to the region’s portfolio as an international, high-tech business location, which is underscored by the presence of more investment projects in Eastern Germany from the USA than from any other country. Germany Trade & Invest will be presenting business opportunities in Eastern Germany to American companies at an event in Atlanta on October 5, 2010.
Berlin Brandenburg International Airport, slated to open in July of 2012, will serve the growing number of passengers to the region, with the ability to expand to serve 45 million travelers annually. At the same time, the airport provides an international hub in the center of Eastern Germany, a region currently characterized by growth in a number of cutting-edge fields like renewable energies, auto manufacturing and semiconductors. This project is expected to further attract businesses to the dynamic region.
The investor event on October 5, billed “Check in to Eastern Germany for European Business Success”, will present new opportunities in the region arising from the opening of Berlin Brandenburg International airport in 2012, including business success stories in the region.
The USA is the number one source of foreign direct investment in Eastern Germany due to the region’s growth potential, stable investment environment and concentration of high-tech industries. Several of the largest American companies are present here, including Atlanta-based Delta Airlines, First Solar, Amazon, General Electric, and Dell Computers.
On the whole, Germany is the top business location for American companies in Europe, according to a survey of American decision makers conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany. This is expected to continue, considering Germany’s strong economic growth in the previous quarter. GDP grew by 2.2 percent, the highest quarterly result since reunification.