Stronger United

The magnitude of the effort required to develop autonomous cars and related industry standards is giving rise to new alliances in the automotive sector.

Green Electricity Record

Over the last 15 years, the share of renewable energy in Germany’s public net electricity generation – i.e., the electricity mix fed into the public power grid – rose from 8.5 percent to a record 40.4 percent, according to calculations from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.

Alibaba Invests in German Startup

Alibaba Group Holding has acquired the German data-analysis startup “data Artisans” (dA) in a deal reportedly worth some EUR 90 million.

Thinking BIG in Biotech

New foreign investors in German biotech star BioNTech are expecting big breakthroughs in cancer therapies through the development of individually-tailored vaccines; rapid growth is anticipated.

First Fully Regulated Blockchain Account

The blockchain bank account allows users to have a single account for both normal banking transactions as well as sending, receiving, storing and trading bitcoin.

Volkswagen and Ford Cooperate

It is an alliance of giants: Volkswagen and Ford announced that they would build commercial vans and medium-sized pickup trucks together as early as 2022, and that they had agreed to look into extending their collaboration to include autonomous driving, electric drives and mobility services.

“Alliance to End Plastic Waste”

In an effort to fight against plastic waste as well as to positively respond to glowing global criticism of the plastics value chain, over two dozen companies launched the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW).

Incentives: Let It Grow

Project financing incentives are available to all investors and are provided by the German government, the federal states, and the E.U. to support business growth.Germany Trade & Invest advises large companies (turnover €50m+) and SMEs.

Telemedicine on the Rise

Telemedicine is making further inroads into the German healthcare system, which could enjoy annual savings of EUR 5.6 billion as a result.