Industries in the Midwest

The Midwest is primarily known for its industrial sector, but it is also strong in the service sector. The high concentration of businesses in a variety of industries makes the region an excellent location for German companies that are looking for export markets, business partners, and investment opportunities.

The Chicago Board of Trade and the number of corporate headquarters in Chicago make the city highly important in the financial world. The region is very strong in machinery and automation, especially for automotive manufacturers and suppliers. Other important industries include medical technology, pharmaceuticals, plastics, packaging, and food processing. Chicago is a main hub for highway, rail, and air transportation, making it a center of the logistics industry.

In addition to these traditional industries, renewable energy and environmental technology play a large role. Increasingly strict environmental regulations and a growing environmental consciousness are causing a number of cities, esp. Chicago to adopt sustainable urban planning. This planning is critical, given that the city’s infrastructure and building stock are both inefficient and aging, and the metropolitan population is rising. These circumstances provide a huge opportunity for German companies.

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The American automotive industry has been revitalized in recent years through commitment to quality and innovative production. The North American automotive industry has experienced a steady increase in sales over the last 5 years, making it one of the most important  Learn more...

With a total area of around 4.9 million square miles and a population of more than 310 million, the United States is the third largest country in the world. It is also the country with the second highest energy consumption after China. Inexpensive energy prices continue to impede the Read more…

With a sales volume of more than $400 billion, the US is the largest machinery market in the world. The majority of the 30,035 companies are small and medium sized, but also includes global players such as machinery manufacturer Caterpillar, the agricultural machinery Read more...

In recent years, there has been a continual shift from traditional building methods towards green building in the US. While the concept of green building revolves around the energy efficiency of buildings, this evolving approach also includes water efficiency, sustainable building materials, and access Learn more...

The food industry contributes an annual total of $835 billion USD to the US GDP, encompassing all facets of production, processing, and sales. With a global share of 27%, the US consumer market remains the largest in the world. Read more...

The US is the world’s largest market for water-related technologies and products and accounts for 20% of the worldwide water sector, according to a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Furthermore, the US contributes more than 24% of all patents in the Learn more...


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