Germany and Japan have a rich history of bilateral friendship to build upon. But, apart from those well-established, time-honored ties, Japanese ventures have long...
On Jan. 24, 1861, what was then known as the Kingdom of Prussia and the Tokugawa shogunate signed the Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation, an occasion largely regarded as the start of bilateral relations between the two countries. Over a century and a half later, ties between both global leaders are stronger than ever, with a marked Japanese presence specifically in Duesseldorf, the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).
UBE Europe GmbH (UEG) markets nylon, fine chemicals and other advanced technology products to Europe, Africa, Latin America, North America and the Middle East.
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RWE Renewables’ parent company RWE AG was established in 1898, when it began operations by supplying electricity to the city of Essen. Today, the company’s success is founded on its ability to balance its distinguished heritage with innovative, clean energy developments and industry-leading solutions.
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In addition to attracting some of the largest Japanese companies, a flourishing exchange between Duesseldorf’s startup ecosystem and different Japanese startup ecosystems gained momentum during the past five years.
Bridges: Since its establishment in 1968, how has the company grown in Europe? Shimadzu started off with five employees and developed over 50 years into a large European network with subsidiaries and distributors in 48 countries, employing more than 850 people.
Whether large or small, companies often find it daunting to do business in a foreign country and in a foreign language. Navigating complex taxation laws in new markets requires expert assistance. Since the early ’80s, Kieffer Stubben & Partner mbB has helped Japanese companies establish operations in North Rhine-Westphalia and other German states by offering a full range of tax, consulting and auditing services.
Consisting of 295 group companies worldwide, the Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. group employs over 40,000 people globally. Attracted by opportunities within the coal industry of the Ruhr valley in North Rhine-Westphalia, JSW established a local business in Duesseldorf in 1969.As consumers have been noted to be more financially prudent during the pandemic, there will be an expected surge in spending once the economy recovers. This increased spending will be particularly prominent in the food and travel industry – where consumers previously held back from spending during the pandemic.
Iron & Steel
Attracted by opportunities within the coal industry of the Ruhr valley in North Rhine-Westphalia, JSW established a local business in Duesseldorf in 1969.
With evermore requirements and applications for lithium ion (li-ion) battery cells (and packs), manufacturing production capacity is set to grow to meet the expected...