East Germany's automotive industry used to be the butt of jokes around Europe. Now, however, no one is laughing as the eastern state of Saxony has established a reputation for producing cutting-edge, luxurious vehicles that are in demand around the world.
Ecuador, for so long an underperformer in Latin America when it came to FDI, is experiencing an uptick in its investment fortunes. Its minister for foreign trade tells fDi how the country's growing middle class, new tax laws and links with trade partners are behind the turnaround.
As a family-owned company that has been producing paper for almost 100 years, Burrows Paper Corporation may have its roots in the past, but its sights are firmly fixed on the future, as it looks to emerging markets in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
FDI into Asia's automotive original equipment manufacturer sector is in decline, following a downward trend that started in 2012.
FDI into western Europe has waned, with capital expenditure down between March and May 2014.
Jebel Ali Free Zone has been crowned fDi’s Middle East and North African Free Zone of the Year 2014 for large tenants, while Dubai Multi Commodities Centre scooped the award for SMEs.
Investment promotion agencies
The UK may attract high levels of FDI, but there is an ever greater number of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) vying for this capital. To succeed in winning it, LEPs must be armed with the right expertise, a clear brand message and, of course, a distinct competitive advantage.
Many investment promotion agencies are just as keen to court start-ups as they are large multinationals, but their approach to attracting these smaller, more fragile companies may benefit from being more hands off than with their larger, established counterparts.
With locations around the world falling for the charms of SMEs, Michal Kaczmarski looks at the innovative ways in which IPAs are attracting and nurturing smaller business, and assesses benefits they receive as the SMEs blossom into something much more lucrative.
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