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Automotive Technology, Innovation, and Steel Drive Austrian Manufacturing

Austrian Manufacturing

Austria is a huge contender in global manufacturing. Since coal, lead, magnesium, and other essential minerals were discovered in the Rhineland, the Austro-Hungarian Empire has flourished in industrialization and manufacturing.  Powered by innovation, they are not losing any momentum and will likely continue to be successful for years to come.

What makes Austrian manufacturing stand out internationally?

The Automotive Economy

For a long time now, Austria has been a leading force in the automotive industry, especially pertaining to their state-of-the-art technology. With a yearly revenue of 43 billion euros, the auto industry makes up a substantial portion of the country’s economy. Austria has produced over 2 million cars and invested 8.4 billion euros in automotive since the 1980’s. Even Ford produces vehicles in Austria. From creating drive systems to building Porsches, the industry continues its legacy within the international community and there are no indications of this industry slowing in the years to come.

Steel as a Power Product

As in the past, steel is a powerful product within Austria. Only now, Austria is known for reinventing a new way to produce it. Typically, coal is used to reduce the ore to a molten metal creating crude steel. However, companies like Voestalpine have begun using alternative methods for producing steel by melting the ore with hydrogen. This method drastically decreases the CO2 emissions of its manufacturing process. The steel is of the same caliber and quality in addition to being more “green.” The innovation of decarbonized steel process not only places Voestalpine as an international leader in metal production, but the locally produced steel also drives the already successful automotive and railway industries.

Innovation creates Efficiency

Austrian manufacturing has also proven its commitment to flexibility with the market. By constantly inventing new technologies, they always seem ahead of the curve, giving them a huge advantage in production. In fact, the Austrian government supports industrial innovation by investing over 20,000,000 euros annually in research initiatives. Through this research, Keisel Electric now holds the technology to produce high-performance batteries and alternative charging solutions. They are currently building a new factory which is nearing completion and will expand their capacity to serve green energy solutions for companies like BMW, Tesla, and Samsung. Other Austrian enterprises are also working hard to develop new technologies and processes to keep Austrian manufacturing at the top.

Perhaps it is the luck of being blessed with great minerals that gave Austria its leg up in manufacturing, but their brute strengths and constant innovation keep them there.

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Germany Faces Economic Manufacturing Challenges

German manufacturing

Since the Industrial Revolution about 200 years ago, the Germans have been an international manufacturing powerhouse. They have it all covered from cars to pharmaceuticals; the manufacturing industry here has always been on top. Like most of the global economy, Germany suffered a drop after 2008 and has been steadily recovering since. Of course, their bounce back has been paved with many obstacles but none larger than the ones they have today.

In general, Germany’s economy has seen a slow and delicate shift. Its workers have increasingly transitioned from manufacturing jobs to the services industry. This shift is marked by the incoming new generations and their labor market decisions. Recent studies suggest that manufacturing has a slow and steady decline in Germany, but it is not as devastating as the American offshoring wave.

These shifts in the German economy may have led up to the 3% drop in PMI reported in January. This comes after a nearly 6 year rise in PMI indicators for Germany, and is somewhat alarming for the manufacturing industry. While most senior economists aren’t at all too concerned with the fall of the PMI, there might be some up and coming changes that could affect the manufacturing industry in general. Most of this change in PMI is attributed to the fact that unemployment in Germany also grew. But, it appears there might be bigger fish to fry for the German manufacturing industry.

The biggest challenge coming to the German manufacturing industry is led by political initiatives. Under the new administration, American economic protectionism is starting to look like the ruling ideology. The US administration does not show a promising picture of future economic trade with Germany. And this of course could damage the German manufacturing industry. BMW, who has their biggest manufacturing plant located in South Carolina, held meetings and tried to lobby the administration into seeing the benefits of open-trade with Germany. Americans have been buying German products for decades, and any loss of the 115 billion dollars a year profits that German companies make from Americans could be devastating to their manufacturing industry.

These challenges are compounded with the shifting of the European economic market, the failures of the European Union to uphold political stability, and the coming Brexit. German economic markets will have to adapt their policies, and hope that the promises of protectionism from the current administration don’t come to light.

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The Netherlands is Small but Significant in The European Manufacturing Market

Netherlands manufacturing

When you think of the Dutch, you don’t tend to think of a manufacturing economy. With such a small economy to maintain and an advanced economic system, the Dutch manufacturing industry sometimes gets overlooked. While most Dutch companies handle their manufacturing off shores, there has been a recent tendency to reshore locally to the Netherlands. Recent years have shown progress in the Netherlands for both private and public manufacturing sectors. In 2014, the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment made a 600 million Euro investment in Dutch manufacturing. These are some of the newest staples in the manufacturing industry of the Netherlands.

During the global economic crisis that rocked the world, the Netherlands suffered a massive blow, especially in manufacturing. Recently, that dynamic has changed and we see improvement in the region. First, medium-sized manufacturers are doing better than large companies. In 2014, Capitalmind’s Fabulous Forty Industrial Markets showed an increment in growth in Dutch industry for businesses making about 50 million Euros a year. Keeping a tight ship is easier under a middle-sized company, and the Dutch economy seems to benefit from these specific plants.

Reshoring in the Netherlands

Like in the United States, reshoring in the Netherlands is also gaining momentum little-by-little. A lot of companies that once sent production to China are reconsidering the benefits of reshoring to the Netherlands for multiple reasons. The first, and the most important, reason is that patenting and licensing in China is hardly respected. It’s difficult to maintain a quality product when cheaper unauthorized copies are made that could tarnish a company’s reputation. Reshoring also lowers production costs in general, as well as gives away direct, local supervision to the production process. Netherlands based companies are becoming more and more enlightened by these effects and bringing manufacturing back home.

Offshoring to the Netherlands

New companies are also coming to the Netherlands, producing there and investing in the Dutch economy. The most recent is the Paul Mueller Company, a steel manufacturer from Missouri. This announcement, made in March of this year, demonstrates an apparent rise in the manufacturing industry in the Netherlands.  PMC’s 21-million-euro investment will create one facility joining all its other facilities in Groenlo.

Why Holland?

It’s tax structure is highly supportive of economic growth. The Netherlands has an incredibly advanced workforce with engineering and design skills ready to be utilized by companies looking to improve their production. But mostly, the Netherlands has a streamlined logistics and distribution network in Europe, giving companies proximity to their customer base. These characteristics make Holland stand-out and contribute to the recent industrial growth in this small, but significant European market.

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