Are China and Israel friendly


Frankfurt is becoming an increasingly important business location for Israelis

Israel is just as big as Hesse, but is one of the most successful high-tech locations and startup nations with one of the best ecosystems for business start-ups worldwide. There are more than 5,000 young companies that produce technological developments as if on an assembly line. Examples of Israeli innovations are the USB stick, voice-over-IP telephony and the firewall. In order to benefit from the creative spirit in the Israeli economy, some of the global corporations such as SAP, Merck-Serono, Facebook and Google have opened research laboratories in Israel in recent years. Others regularly send innovation scouts to the Mediterranean country.

Because of the size of their own market, but also because of its geopolitical location, Israeli companies are international from the start. Important trading partners are the USA, China and Europe. As the largest European market, Germany is one of the most important export markets for the innovative country.

When Israeli companies are looking for a branch for their German or European location, many of them choose Frankfurt. The central location, the excellent transport connections, both internationally - with the airport - and nationally - with the train and the motorways, are an important decision factor. But the fact that Frankfurt is an important business location for several key industries and is known as an international, cosmopolitan and friendly city also plays a role.

There are more than 120 Israeli companies in the Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Almost 500 Israelis live and work in Frankfurt. In addition, there are many people living in Frankfurt who maintain close personal relationships with Israel.

On the other hand, German products enjoy a very good reputation in Israel. Israelis associate “Made in Germany” with “high quality” that pays off. While in the first years of German-Israeli economic relations after the founding of the state of Israel there were still many people for whom German products were out of the question, this has changed in the last few decades, also because Germany is now largely perceived as a reliable partner to Israel.

Regular delegation trips to Israel and from Israel to Frankfurt are good opportunities to intensify economic exchange and establish personal contacts.

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Dr. Anna Stepanenko
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