Africa and the Middle East
Australia and New Zealand
Central and South America and the Caribbean
Austria moves toward smart factories
With Wisconsin’s cutting-edge research and development in engineering, companies may find opportunities in Austria as its factories adopt advanced technologies.
The Czech Republic plans to propel its transition to clean energy
Europe’s Modernization Fund will support the transition of the country’s infrastructure to alternative energy sources, and Wisconsin businesses related to clean energy may find opportunities in that market.
Insurance technology gains attention in the UK and France
Wisconsin tech companies may find opportunities to collaborate as businesses in the UK and France move to adopt new systems.
Machine tool manufacturing highlights Italy’s pandemic recovery
The Italian market holds promise for Wisconsin’s strong machine manufacturing sector.
As the UK pet population grows, so does spending on pet products
A surge in pet ownership—and along with that, sales of pet accessories and supplies—offers opportunities to Wisconsin suppliers with unique products.
Food and beverages dominate manufacturing in Greece
This could be a strong market for Wisconsin companies selling food and beverage products or offering technology to modernize Greece’s own food and beverage businesses.
Belgium’s pharmaceutical industry soars
Wisconsin is also known for the strength of its biopharmaceutical industry, and partnerships between companies in Belgium and Wisconsin could prove to be fruitful.
Artificial intelligence takes center stage in the UK
The UK is focused on increasing the use of artificial intelligence and big data, opening potential opportunities for Wisconsin tech companies with expertise in those areas.
Additive manufacturing moves into the mainstream in the UK
Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing technologies, could offer opportunities to Wisconsin companies looking to participate in the UK market.
Germany’s market for technology solutions is poised for growth
Wisconsin is well-known for its university programs in computer and information sciences and is home to a booming tech sector.
Clean aviation fuels advance in the UK
Wisconsin companies can explore a wide variety of research, development and infrastructure-related partnerships with UK companies on green energy initiatives.
Dutch government prepares to invest in the future of rail freight
As the Netherlands works to improve its railway freight infrastructure, Wisconsin companies may find opportunities to provide products in this sector.
France boosts funding for electric vehicle charging stations
Wisconsin companies involved in the electric vehicle industry, rechargeable batteries or alternatives to fossil fuel combustion engines could find markets for their products in France.
The UK boosts funding to improve health care, expand technology
An aggressive effort by the UK government to reduce health care backlogs and adopt health technology is likely to require imports from the best and the brightest suppliers, including companies in Wisconsin.
Destination 2050: A plan to decarbonize aviation in France
Wisconsin’s cutting-edge research and development in nanotechnology, engineering and power control systems, as well as its world-class universities and technical colleges, could help the climate change initiative reach its goals.
Russia’s furniture production is on the rise
Metal office furniture manufacturing hit a record level in the first half of 2021.
The UK tackles Industry 4.0
Wisconsin companies and technology professionals can play a role in the transformation of the UK’s manufacturers into a more digitized, data-sharing, productive industry.
Biotechnology: Made in Belgium
Wisconsin and Belgium are both centers for biotech, and companies might want to consider collaborations or joint ventures.
Sweden rolls out high-speed rail
Wisconsin’s rich history of supporting industries, such as steel, technology and manufacturing, give the state’s firms the experience and knowledge needed as potential collaborators.
UK agriculture works to shrink its environmental footprint
Farming, agricultural and related sectors have become increasingly important in the UK and are areas where Wisconsin companies could collaborate and engage with UK companies, research organizations, universities and other stakeholders to their mutual benefit.
A new Dutch government lays out its priorities
The coalition government’s agenda focuses on combating climate change and reducing the shortage of housing in the Netherlands.
France turns to hydrogen production to fight climate change
France plans to pioneer alternative methods to replace fossil fuels and become as energy independent as possible.
Environmental technology is a target for growth in Germany
Germany is home to one of the most advanced markets for environmental technologies in the world, and new laws are creating new opportunities for foreign companies to enter the market.
Digitization of the Dutch health care system advances
The market for digital health services will develop very dynamically in the coming years, with opportunities for Wisconsin exporters.
UK plans for net zero emissions by 2050
New policies create opportunities for Wisconsin companies to contribute their knowledge, services and technologies.
Gains in Russia’s 2020 pharmaceutical market
Sales of pharmaceutical drugs soared in Russia in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scotland’s space industry takes flight
Scotland hopes to be among the world leaders in space industry research and jobs, and a new U.S. contract will boost those ambitions.
The Dutch government seeks electronic health innovations
Wisconsin health care technology companies should consider exploring opportunities to help the Dutch health care system improve electronic health records exchanges and offer online access to health services.
Spain is a growing hotspot for information technology
Wisconsin companies with innovative technology could help Spain achieve its goals for a digital transformation by 2025.
Biotechnology flourishes in Germany
With the largest number of biotech companies in Europe, world-class research infrastructure and internationally renowned scientists, Germany has established itself as an international biotechnology hub.
France’s aerospace industry is in demand
Aeronautic components, equipment and services are needed for France’s active aerospace sector.
Improving the UK's electric vehicle charging network
As part of its strategy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, the UK government has pledged to invest in electric vehicle connectivity, presenting new clean energy-related opportunities for U.S. suppliers.
UK and EU focus on goal of carbon neutrality
The UK and EU policies are aligned with one another, but will require some changes on the part of U.S. exporters selling into these markets (e.g., motor vehicle manufacturers).
Digital transformation underway for Poland's industrial machinery
With one of the strongest economies in the EU, Poland is investing in bringing automation and robotics in line with leading economies in these areas.
How to transition from the CE mark to the UKCA mark
After Brexit, companies selling products into the UK must follow different compliance and labeling procedures distinct from those in use for EU markets.
Russia's growing plastics market
Russia is highly dependent on imports in this category, and the U.S. is not yet among its top import sources.
Information technology and cybersecurity opportunities in Hungary
Hungary is an advanced market in this industry, and also receives high marks for cross-border trade and contract security.
The Netherlands' ideal position as a logistics hub in Europe
With supply chains regionalizing, the Netherlands is an increasingly important access point for European markets.
Germany prepares to modernize its digital health infrastructure
With the country's decentralized model of government, this will be a major project requiring innovative solutions for integration and standardization.
French pet food market presents opportunities
The number of pets is growing, and demand is rising for premium products in the natural, raw and organic categories.
Guidance on the UK's post-Brexit requirements for medical devices and diagnostics
Wisconsin companies should be aware of the regulatory changes, which take effect in 2021 through 2023.
Growth in Poland's health and medical sector leads to demand for imports
Rising health care spending and a scarcity of domestic suppliers is creating opportunities for Wisconsin exporters.
UK broadens access to telehealth
Wisconsin companies can contribute to growing the technology's availability.
Opportunities in Russia's agricultural machinery market
The market is dependent on imports, with demand increasing due to the pandemic.
Opportunities in Italy's food sector
Food is important in Italian culture and consumers are willing to pay a high price for quality, creating opportunities for imported premium products to remain competitive.
Rapid growth in the UK's online learning industry
Education at all levels, including adult learners, has gone online with the pandemic.
The Netherlands excels at water technology
Wisconsin water technology companies can take advantage of the strong connections between the Netherlands and Wisconsin water clusters.
Finland seeks to expand hydropower production
Wisconsin companies can contribute their expertise.
UK seeks to bring National Health Service up to date on technology
Wisconsin exporters of medical devices and technologies are in a better position relative to European companies thanks to Brexit.
Strong growth in Baltic economies creates opportunities for Wisconsin companies
With rapid post-pandemic recovery projected, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are in need of machinery, chemicals and technology solutions.
Opportunities in Russia's sanitary and hygiene product market
The market is dependent on imports, with demand increasing due to the pandemic.
French aerospace sector plots course for pandemic recovery
France’s aerospace sector appeared to be in total crisis following the shutdown of the aeronautics sector, and in particular the grounding of all aircraft, due to the pandemic. In July, Air France/KLM Managing Director Benjamin Smith announced layoffs of 7,585 employees until 2022 via voluntary departures and non-renewal of contracts. Air France has lost €2 billion in revenue (a drop of 40%) due to reduced air traffic, since their strategy had focused on the passenger market rather than maintaining supply to the French military. Air France remains one of the major buyers for the French aerospace industry, which means the pandemic has had a domino effect for Air France supplier Airbus. In May, Airbus announced it would halt production of its A380 aircraft due to fuel and maintenance costs, but would still fulfill preexisting orders of the aircraft for Arab states. Both the Dutch and the French governments have promised help to Air France. In June, French Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire announced a crisis budget of €15 billion to sustain the industry, with the condition that it make the transition to cleaner, low-pollution solutions in the aircraft industry as well as reducing the number of flights with duration of less than two hours—routes that could be served by trains instead. In an August interview with Benjamin Smith on France Info radio, Smith pledged a reduction of 20%-25% in CO2 aircraft emissions and said all the airline’s ground vehicles would be electric (as well as concentrating on passengers’ health security). Alexandre de Juniac, president of the International Air Transport Association, said the industry as a whole would continue replacing current aircraft fuel with biofuel, with the goal of cutting carbon emissions by 50% in 2050. The industry is optimistic about overcoming the current crisis, as opening borders will have an immediate positive impact on the aeronautics industry. Airbus will also concentrate on supplying the market with long-range, medium-capacity and heavy carrier aircraft such as their A320 and A350 models. The Emirates airline has switched its original order of A380 to 40 A350 instead, thus boosting production over the next 10 years. Airbus actually saw an increase of 4.3% in its share price after the announcement, and an increase in the group's net profits of 29% to €3 billion—along with an increase of its 2018 turnover by 8% to €63.7 billion. Notably, the pandemic has not affected the Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket launching program, which saw another rocket liftoff on July 31 from the Guiana Space Centre near Kourou, French Guiana. This creates opportunities for U.S. suppliers to partner or directly supply French small and midsize Tier Two and Three companies that are specialized in the areas of anti-pollution, biofuels and public aircraft sanitary equipment. In addition, there is a need for high-tech solutions—in particular, materials such as carbon fiber—and environmental solutions for reduced engine noise and fuel consumption, including electric-powered ground vehicles.
Germany invests in renewable energy
Government targets call for reducing reliance on nuclear energy while dramatically increasing the share from renewable sources.
UK manufacturing sector seeks new supply sources
Brexit is shaking up the sector's existing supply relationships, creating opportunities for new entrants.
Financial technology opportunities in the Netherlands
Amsterdam has become a hub for the fast-changing sector.
Opportunities in Ireland's biotech sector
Especially after Brexit, Ireland provides a good entry point for English-speaking companies into the European market.
Pandemic drives changes in France's automotive industry
Private cars are the preferred means of transport, and French consumers' attention to environmental friendliness is accelerating the growth in sales of electric and rechargeable hybrid vehicles.
Central European markets provide bright spots in pandemic economy
Austria, Poland and Germany are projected to have faster-than-average recoveries.
Demand grows for food and drink imports in the UK
Among the contributing factors are instability due to Brexit and the pandemic.
Slovenia prepares to invest heavily in energy sector
The sector is in need of modernization, and the government plans to prioritize it to drive growth.
Russia's packaging industry seeks import suppliers
Sustainability, convenience and shelf life are among the trends driving the new types of packaging needed in the market.
Even without a widespread lockdown, life moves online in the Netherlands
Wisconsin companies can contribute to the technological revolution taking place in the finance, health, education and retail sectors.
France expands use of facial recognition
With the government increasingly using this technology for secure access to public services, Wisconsin companies can help build out the technology.
Pandemic impacts European markets
The current situation in Germany, Italy and Spain, plus where to turn for further updates
Life sciences, advanced manufacturing among key sectors identified for investment by UK government
The government has identified key industries of strategic value to the UK economy and, through sector deals, has created partnerships between government and industry to nurture them.
Understanding German business culture and communication customs
Being aware of conventions and expectations can aid greatly in developing business relationships.
Russia's evolving baked goods market
As industrial bakeries decline in market share and smaller bakeries rise in number, there is a demand for machinery as well as franchise opportunities.
Information and communications technology opportunities in Germany
The industry is not yet fully developed, and Wisconsin companies can help propel it forward.
Collaboration opportunities abound in France's vibrant biotech sector
The biotech and medical technology industries employ 330,000 people directly and indirectly.
Opportunities in the Swiss bioscience market
Wisconsin companies can supply to, and collaborate with, companies in one of the world's most active and diverse bioscience clusters.
France's booming building and construction sector
In particular, government incentives for sustainable upgrades are driving strong demand.
As Brexit takes effect, Netherlands sees logistics opportunities
The center of gravity for Europe's economy is expected to shift eastward.
UK prepares to move forward with Brexit
While international trade deals must still be negotiated, the UK can now turn to domestic matters that had been placed on the back burner.
Opportunities in Poland's aerospace and aviation market
Entering the market at its current stage, while global supply chains are still building, is a promising opportunity.
Brexit creates new opportunities for exporting food to the UK
The UK is highly depending on food from EU sources, which would be subject to tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Opportunities in Russia's pulp and paper industry
The industry is sizable but needs help modernizing and transitioning to value-added paper products.
Opportunities in Germany's machinery market
Wisconsin companies can help German companies get up to speed with cybersecurity and automation/robotics in particular.
Opportunities in France's water treatment market
As clean water for human consumption becomes a rare commodity, demand is growing for products and services to more efficiently recycle wastewater as well as purify rainwater and saltwater.
EU adopts new regulations for economic operators
Companies exporting goods to EU markets must designate an economic operator to serve as a clear point of contact for questions or problems with the product.
Dutch government earmarks funds for homeowners' sustainable energy upgrades
It is projected that 7 million new solar panels will be installed in Dutch homes in the coming year.
Spain's dynamic water technology sector
Water technology companies in Wisconsin can take advantage of synergies with this industry cluster.
Opportunities in France's security market
Wisconsin companies can help meet the demand for solutions to fight shoplifting, terrorism and cybercrime, and meet needs for airport surveillance and electronic scanning entry devices.
Strong demand for medical device imports in Russia
Opportunities for Wisconsin companies
Opportunities in Germany's food and beverage market
Wisconsin companies can respond to the growing demand for higher-quality products that promote health and wellbeing.
France prepares for shift from nuclear to renewable energy
Wisconsin companies can help France achieve its targets.
Demand for imports in Romanian chemicals industry
The industry's diverse needs range from pharmaceuticals to agrochemicals and beyond.
As artificial intelligence is widely adopted, Netherlands leads the way
Wisconsin companies can partner with Dutch companies as this trend drives change in multiple industries.
French automakers invest in new technologies
Wisconsin companies that can aid in the development of electric, hybrid and autonomous vehicles should pursue connections in the market.
Biotechnology industry advancements in the UK
More than 1,200 biotech companies are located in the UK, and these companies are currently developing 900 biopharmaceutical products.
Ireland's polymer industry seeks imports as it grows
Innovative technologies are especially in demand as the industry moves toward sustainability.
Opportunities in the UK aerospace industry
The UK industry is the largest in Europe and second-largest in the world.
Equipment imports drive Russia's food processing sector
Wisconsin manufacturers can supply equipment to the world's eight-largest food market.
Strong demand for medical equipment in Germany
Longer lifespans and increased expectations for quality of life are driving continued growth.
UK National Health Service transforms its supply chain
The agency is also making plans for possible Brexit scenarios.
In the push to modernize, Polish manufacturers draw on imported solutions
Domestic supply cannot keep up with demand, creating opportunities for Wisconsin companies.
Consider Belgium, the Netherlands for a logistics hub in Europe
Depending on how Brexit plays out, companies with a presence in the UK may be looking to move to mainland Europe.
Spanish food processing on the rise
Wisconsin companies can help meet the demand for food processing machinery and food imports.
Demand for health care products and services as French population ages
In particular, devices and supplies for retirement homes are needed.
Key insights for France’s export market
France is one of the world’s most advanced economies and is a leader among European nations. Guillaume Lacroix, the consul general of France to the Midwest, offers insight into this important export market.
Export Q&A: Brexit update
Brexit, as the proposal for the United Kingdom to exit from the European Union is known, is causing many companies to rethink their European strategies. Learn more about Brexit and its impact in this question-and-answer with the trade office that represents Wisconsin in the UK market.
Russia prepares to modernize water treatment plants
An estimated 80% of the plants are in need of modernization.
The German manufacturing sector's continued strength
Self-controlling machinery, sensor-aided production systems, automated data generation and cybersecurity are current areas of opportunity.
AIRBUS realignment of production plans makes waves in French aerospace industry
While some orders were canceled, increases in production of other models provide opportunities for Wisconsin suppliers.
Netherlands works to meet EU renewable energy targets
Wisconsin companies can help the European nation expand its capacity for wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy.
Companies that wish to sell in Europe should pursue CE mark
The marking indicates that a product has been assessed to meet the European Economic Area's standards for safety, health and environmental protection.
Croatia invests in clean energy
The Balkan state is planning major investments in hydropower, solar and wind.
UK looks to renewable energy to meet its environmental goals
This creates opportunities for Wisconsin suppliers of innovative products or solutions for the energy sector to collaborate with UK companies involved in these initiatives and distributors that are actively seeking new technologies in this industry.
Strong growth in Hungary's food and beverage sector
The strong growth of the overall economy is creating demand for imported products.
Equipment needed to support growth of Russia's timber industry
More than 90 percent of woodworking equipment in Russia is imported, and Wisconsin manufacturers of this equipment can help meet the need.
Czech Republic undertakes hospital modernization program
These hospitals will need equipment and supplies, and the country imports the majority of its medical technology, creating opportunities for Wisconsin exporters.
Wisconsin companies can help develop the Netherlands' agriculture sector
Wisconsin companies can provide agricultural technology to support the current focus on efficiency, cost savings and sustainability.
Opportunities in the German water technology sector
The German water technology market is the largest in Europe, and is still growing. Wisconsin companies can benefit from the strong partnerships that already exist between Germany and Wisconsin.
Germany: hub for global trade shows
Germany is home to more than 150 international trade fairs that attract up to 170,000 exhibitors and up to 10 million visitors annually.
UK plans major investments in biopharmaceutical research
Despite concerns about Brexit's impact on the economy, the growth of this industry indicates it is still a solid area for investment.
Russia seeks to meet growing demand for imported food
Despite the sanctions currently in place, opportunities exist to supply products not subject to sanctions, such as tea, coffee, wine, beer, spirits, baked goods and candy.
Strong demand for industrial machinery in the Netherlands
Sustainability and connected systems are especially in demand.
Germany: a global hub for aerospace innovation
There are opportunities for Wisconsin firms in aircraft interiors and aerospace energy efficiency.
Estonia sets ambitious targets for renewable energy
The Baltic nation plans to produce excess renewable energy so it can trade with EU member countries that are not on track to achieve the 2020 renewable energy targets.
Russia's fast-growing pharmaceutical market
This strong growth is creating opportunities for Wisconsin companies.
Changes to Czech waste management practices create opportunities for Wisconsin companies
The European nation has set targets to put less waste in landfills and increase the use of incineration and waste-to-energy plants.
Strong demand for imports of medical devices and equipment in Slovenia
Trends including an aging population, growth in private health care, and increasing life expectancy are creating opportunities.
Food service needs for Belgium's health care sector
Hospitals and other health care facilities have room for improvement in the food they serve to patients, and Wisconsin companies can be part of the solution.
Opportunities in Poland's packaging industry
Innovative packaging solutions are needed to serve the food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics sectors for both domestic consumption and processing for export.
When doing business in Russia, keep cultural differences in mind
Wisconsin companies should not just assume their usual business customs will lead to the desired results.
Latvia works to increase hydropower capacity
Although European companies are already active in the market, there is still room for Wisconsin suppliers, as Latvia's economy booms and it seeks to reduce its energy dependence.
Rising demand for machinery in Spain
A recovering Spanish economy is creating demand for machinery for sectors including plastics, food processing, textiles, leather, metalworking, agriculture, automotive, wind power, and home building.
Netherlands organic food market holds promise
Wisconsin companies can supply food for domestic consumption as well as distribution to other markets.
Hungary strives to meet EU clean energy targets
Wisconsin companies can help the country meet the capacity goal by the 2020 deadline.
Grains, energy, cars and machinery: Russia's unexpected import categories
Even though the country exports in all these categories, its imports in the same categories are significant, and Wisconsin companies can supply some of these imports.
Wisconsin food exporters should consider Austrian market
Though small, the market can serve as an entry point into southeastern Europe, and products such as grains, snap peas, maple syrup, ginseng and cranberries are particularly needed.
Life sciences and health care boom in Belgium
The country is a distribution center within Europe for many companies, and has rising health care expenditures domestically as well as an ecosystem of research and development for innovations that make a worldwide impact.
France's booming aerospace sector creates demand for parts
Aerospace is the most important segment of French manufacturing, and Wisconsin companies can contribute a larger share of U.S. exports to France in this category.
In Russia, opportunities persist despite uncertainty
Agriculture and information technology are two particular areas of opportunity.
Romania's strong economic growth leads to increased demand for food
The country is looking to both increase imports and expand its domestic production, and Wisconsin companies can play a role in both.
Ireland's water technology sector takes off
The sector is growing rapidly as Ireland's economy shifts its emphasis away from legacy industries.
Luxembourg pursues space exploration for economic diversification
Aviation and aerospace products are the country's leading category of imports from the U.S., spelling opportunity for Wisconsin exporters.
Germany: a hub for trade shows across all industries
WEDC can assist companies with identifying a trade show that fits their objectives, and with 150 to 170 shows per year, Germany offers many prime options.
Foreign investment in Russia hits new high
The U.S. is the second-highest source of this investment, and Wisconsin companies not yet considering this market may wish to take a closer look.
Italy switches on LED lighting
New regulations taking effect have increased demand for energy-efficient lighting, and Wisconsin supplies nearly half of U.S. exports to Italy in this category.
Greek appetite for food imports presents opportunities
Greece imports significant amounts of meat, grains, dairy, seafood, fruits and vegetables, creating opportunities for Wisconsin companies.;
New Dutch government mulls priorities
The environment, renewable energy, and national defense are expected to be among the top priorities of the new coalition government.
Strong demand for health and medical imports in Germany
Domestic production is not keeping up with demand, creating opportunities for Wisconsin products and technologies.
Russian stock market rises with infusion of foreign investment
Foreign investment into Russia has moved from a net outflow to a net inflow for the first time since 2012.
High demand for machinery imports in France
As the industrial production sector modernizes, domestic suppliers are unable to keep up.
Belgian food and beverage sector adapts to changing demographics
Growth in the Muslim population has created opportunities for companies that understand the cultural factors involved in marketing to this group.
Despite small size, Austria offers big export opportunities
Renewable energy, medical technology and industrial machinery are sectors of particular promise.
Ireland's fast-growing economy presents export opportunities
Industrial machinery, medical equipment and food are key sectors of opportunity for Wisconsin companies in this market.
The automotive sector in Russia
With domestic demand not matching up to production capacity, the Russian government is subsidizing exports.
Baltic States seek to modernize manufacturing
Productivity improvements will be key to maintaining the economies' positive growth, and they will be looking to import machinery.
Poland prepares to expand renewable energy production
The country will need imports of equipment and technologies in order to reach the EU target of 15 percent of the energy supply coming from renewable sources by 2020.
The Netherlands' push for sustainable energy
The nation will need to make use of all available sources, including land-based and offshore wind energy, to meet its renewable energy targets.
Opportunities to Supply Medical Equipment to the UK
The market for medical technology and devices in the United Kingdom, around $9.6 billion in 2016, is the sixth-largest in the world. Business Monitor International expects a growth of 12.5 percent through 2019. Three-quarters of the demand is met by imports, providing opportunities for Wisconsin firms.
Opportunities in Russia's Pharmaceuticals Sector
The Russian government offers subsidies to makers of medications on the essential drugs list, and Pfizer and Abbott Laboratories have already launched agreements with Russian partners to allow them to enter the market.
Czech Republic: Opportunities in Water and Sewer Modernization
Sewage, drinking water, flood and drought: Czech water management is facing great challenges, and is preparing for major investments to meet those challenges. The European Cohesion Fund will provide around $860 million to improve Czech water infrastructure over the next five years. Water and sewage treatment plant operators may apply for subsidies. Furthermore, in order to mitigate droughts, large water storage tanks are being built.
Germany's Bustling Trade Show Scene
The world’s top location for trade shows, Germany hosts about 150 international trade fairs a year, attracting up to 170,000 exhibitors and up to 10 million visitors annually. These visitors and exhibitors spend $13.4 billion annually, boosting economic output by $26.2 billion.
Nuclear Energy Opportunities in Belgium
When it comes to nuclear energy, the relationship between Belgium and the U.S. started at the end of the Second World War and has remained close since Belgium’s involvement in the Manhattan Project.
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Foreign Investment in Russia Doubles Despite Sanctions
Russia’s manufacturing sector attracted most of the foreign direct investment in the country in 2015, as the number of projects with full or partial foreign ownership rose to a record level.
Netherlands' Life Sciences Plan Creates Opportunities
The Life Sciences 2030 plan is an initiative from the HollandBIO association, and was established by leading companies and experts in this sector. According to HollandBIO, the Dutch life science sector comprised 455 companies with 24,000 employees in 2015, mostly in research and development. One of the goals for 2030 is to have 1,279 companies and over 60,000 employees active in this sector.
Guide to the EU Public Procurement System
Every year, over 250,000 public authorities in the EU spend around 14 percent of the EU’s GDP on the purchase of services, works and supplies. In many sectors such as energy, transportation, waste management, social protection and the provision of health or education services, public authorities are the principal buyers. In order to create a level playing field for businesses, the EU law sets out minimum, harmonized public procurement rules, which are translated into national legislation and apply to tenders whose monetary value exceeds the following amounts:
Strong Demand for Imported Products in Slovakia
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Russia Eases Its Food Embargo
The Russian government has moderated the embargo conditions placed on products imported from the U.S., Canada, Australia, the EU countries, Ukraine and several other European countries. According to a ruling published on the official site of the Russian Legal Information Service, the ban has been lifted on poultry meat, frozen beef, and dried and frozen vegetables used in the production of baby food. Importers will have to prove that products entering Russia are intended for children’s consumption. The Ministry of Agriculture has been tasked with developing a method for authenticating these deliveries. It will also determine the acceptable volumes of the imported products that are no longer affected by the ban.
Luxembourg's Government Invests in Agriculture
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Russia Introduces Measures to Help SMEs
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Hannover Messe Forges New Ties for Wisconsin Companies
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Sunny Outlook for Capital Goods in Spain
With a share of one-fifth of Spain’s total merchandise exports, the capital goods industry (machinery, electrical and transportation equipment) is the country’s most important export industry. At the same time, Spain is a major importer of machinery components and parts. In 2015, Spain bought goods from abroad for $312 billion, and 10 percent of this amount, $30 billion, went toward machinery purchases.
Netherlands' Focus Aligns with Wisconsin's at Hannover Messe
“Global Challenges, Smart Solutions” is the theme of the Netherlands delegation at Hannover Messe 2016. Dutch technology companies will show their pragmatic, inventive and strong interdisciplinary approach and their international cooperation toward solving challenges in water technology, energy, health care and food production.
Wisconsin’s Strong German Roots Create Great Export Prospects
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Export Q&A: Hannover Messe Trade Show
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