Voices

Contributors share their personal viewpoints on global trade, industry policy and corporate challenges.
Dieter Kempf: “Protectionism harms everyone”

Dieter Kempf: “Protectionism harms everyone”

For Professor Dieter Kempf, the president of the Federation of German Industry (BDI), the critics of the German trade surplus overlook that Germany, as an "import European champion", gives vital impulses for growth to the industries of the EU. There is criticism of...

Rolf Leiber: “I want to have a sparkling clean production here”

Rolf Leiber: “I want to have a sparkling clean production here”

Do you know Emmingen from Egg? Have you been to Ruda Slaska? There you could - if you Dr. Visit Rolf Leiber to get a personal impression of how Germany's industrial middle-sized sector works. And how it comes to sustainable production abroad - in this case in Poland....

Olaf Koch: “Digital B2B – that requires warmth and passion”

Olaf Koch: “Digital B2B – that requires warmth and passion”

Digitalising the restaurant and hotel industry via an accessible platform: For METRO CEO Olaf Koch, who himself started out as a digital founder, this is the key to a new partnership with the retail giant's customers: millions of small businesses worldwide. Mr. Koch,...

Global manufacturing networks require free markets

Global manufacturing networks require free markets

Dr. Gunther Kegel, CEO of Pepperl+Fuchs, on the subject of current challenges and the role that Asia plays Does a global manufacturing network eliminate any exposure to regional market developments? Our turnover split – 25 percent each in Germany, Europe, the USA and...

Bringing value into the German market

Bringing value into the German market

Dr. Stefan Franzke, CEO of Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, on the importance of startups for the German economy When you found a startup, it is very important not to be alone so you can reach a diverse environment. Berlin can provide the access to all the...

“We will face new challenges”

“We will face new challenges”

Friedhelm Loh, owner and CEO of Rittal, on HANNOVER MESSE as the launch pad of global success and future challenges Digitisation belongs just as much as development in a targeted programme of research funding – Friedhelm Loh Dr. Loh, how many Hanover Fairs have you...

“On the nature of industrial cooperation”

“On the nature of industrial cooperation”

Ambassador Per Thöresson: “Co-Lab” means Partner Country Sweden’s social culture of innovation Our motto Co-Lab is a combination of the terms cooperation (Co) and innovation (Lab) and thus the two most important success factors of Swedish entrepreneurship – Per...

Boosting Competitiveness of European Industrial Enterprises

Boosting Competitiveness of European Industrial Enterprises

Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska on new EU programmes and incentives to support businesses What are the main targets of the new commission to boost competitiveness of industrial enterprises? Enterprises thrive in the right value chain; often that means crossing...

“Knowledge is not constrained to one country”

“Knowledge is not constrained to one country”

Renate Pilz, owner of automation and safety specialist Pilz on the values which motivate her global teams and have lead to long-term success. At Pilz, innovation is a central part of our corporate strategy as we believe that technology leadership is the only way to...

“Poland participates in the fourth industrial revolution”

“Poland participates in the fourth industrial revolution”

Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development and Finance, on the industrial strategy of Poland. The interview with Mateusz Morawiecki was published in the Global Business Magazine 2017, when Poland was the Partner Country of the Hannover Messe...

“Double-digit growth in Asia”

“Double-digit growth in Asia”

Dr. Robert Bauer, CEO of SICK AG, on the perspectives of Industry 4.0 in the ASEAN region. Everyone is talking about the worldwide problems caused by trade policies. Have you been affected by them yet? The trade conflicts are definitely having an impact on the...

“Innovations originate in the provinces”

“Innovations originate in the provinces”

Prof. Dr. Klaus Mangold, among the best connoisseurs of the Russian economy, has been present for years with current Eastern Europe topics at Hannover Messe At a macroeconomic level, Russia is once again heading in the right direction after several tough years and is...

Sharing China’s opportunities with the world

Sharing China’s opportunities with the world

Shi Mingde, Ambassador of P.R. China to Germany, invites to the new Import Expo in Shanghai We sincerely invite and welcome companies from all over the world to actively participate in the China International Import Expo and to strengthen cooperations – Shi Mingde...

Incorporating Mexico into global value chains

Incorporating Mexico into global value chains

Jose Rogelio Garza Garza, Ministry of Economy’s Undersecretary of Industry and Commerce, on Mexico’s economic and industrial perspectives A modernized agreement would take Mexico’s economic relations with Germany fully into the 21st Century – José Rogelio Garza Garza...

“Berlin: Plenty of space for innovation”

“Berlin: Plenty of space for innovation”

The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, about Metropolitan Solutions and the positioning of Smart City Berlin Dovetailing Asia Pacific Weeks with the Metropolitan Solutions event is an approach that benefits both platforms. For Berlin, both as host and in terms...

Albert Speer

Albert Speer

Albert Speer is one of the best known architects and urban planners in Germany. In the past 40 years he has carried out numerous international projects. Albert Speer talked with Hans Seidenstücker about the keys to international success and the future of urban...

“Contributing to the stability of the region”

“Contributing to the stability of the region”

Corina Cretu, EU-Commissioner for Regional Policy explains how EU is targeting the growth potential of the Danube region The Danube Strategy approach is logical: working together, to solve common problems, is effective – Corina Cretu What is your personal resume after...

“Give the new a chance”

“Give the new a chance”

Ralph Linde, Head of the Volkswagen Group Academy, on "Workforce Transformation" and corporate culture in the context of digitization Successful digitization requires a change in corporate culture Mr Linde, again and again, it is said that employees should be open to...

“It is vital to be present in diverse markets”

“It is vital to be present in diverse markets”

Peter Fenkl, CEO of ZIEHL-ABEGG SE, on the balancing of international markets How important is it for you to have a presence in diverse markets during increasingly turbulent times in terms of trading policy: which regions do you see providing the strongest impetus for...

“Strength in diversity”

“Strength in diversity”

EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska on the development of the industry clusters in Europe What is your approach to the new challenges of SME, when it comes to competitiveness and skills? Only about a quarter of European companies are highly digitalised and the...

A strong connection for 70 years

A strong connection for 70 years

 As a pioneer of I 4.0, HARTING can likewise demonstrate and consolidate its technological leadership on the international markets. Mr Harting, have you counted up the number of Hannover Trade Fairs you’ve exhibited at? Do you still remember your first one? I don’t...

Mark Rutte

Mark Rutte

The Prime Minister of the Netherlands on how the country is building bridges for the international manufacturing industry.

Peter Fenkl

Peter Fenkl

“It is vital to be present in diverse markets” Peter Fenkl, CEO of ZIEHL-ABEGG SE, on the balancing of international markets.

Dr. Volker Treier

Dr. Volker Treier

Germany’s worldwide network of Chambers of Foreign Trade is growing, says Dr Volker Treier, Deputy Chief Executive of DIHK.

Dr. Gunther Kegel

Dr. Gunther Kegel

Dr. Gunther Kegel, CEO of Pepperl+Fuchs, on the subject of current challenges and the role that Asia plays.

Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister Kraut

Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister Kraut

“Europe has to become faster and more effective” Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut on partnership and competition with China.