As part of the 2019 SME survey, companies in the Berlin/Brandenburg region were asked for the 15th time about their assessment of the current economic situation, their expectations for the future and their investment and financing plans.
The results show that the economic slowdown is not leaving Berlin’s domestic companies completely unscathed. Both the assessments of the business climate and the expected increase in personnel are more cautious. With companies still reluctant to invest, digitisation is one of the top three investment motives.
DIW Weekly Report 36 / 2019, pp. 631-639
More than every fourth patent filed by large German companies is based on inventions made in their research laboratories abroad. In three-quarters of the cases, the companies concentrate on technologies in which they are also particularly strong in Germany. The technological performance of research and development at home thus largely determines the innovative strength of German companies operating worldwide.
Huawei commissioned DIW Econ to determine the economic significance of the company for Germany. This study aimed to describe the economic footprint of Huawei for Germany as a business location in qualitative and quantitative terms.
Huawei Technologies is a global leader in the digital economy with headquarters in Shenzhen (China) and is active in over 170 countries. The largest locations in Germany are the Western European headquarters in Düsseldorf and the site in Munich, where the company operates a major research centre.
Report in Wirtschaftsdienst 97th volume, 2017, issue 3, pp. 157-158
German companies present themselves at CeBIT
as a technology leader on the way to the gigabit society. But when it comes to broadband, Germany is lagging: in terms of download speed, it is ranked 26th in the world, behind most industrialised nations and even behind Bulgaria and Romania. Although DSL availability is excellent, only 7.1% of German households have access to genuine fibre optic connections (FTTH/B: Fibre to the Home/Building).
As part of the SME survey conducted by Berliner Sparkasse 2018, DIW Econ recorded the current status and development of digitisation in companies in the capital region.
The digitisation index was determined for the first time in 2017. With the SME Survey 2018 it is now available for the second time, so that trends in digital transformation over time can be identified.