Energy efficiency is the vital but less widely recognised “twin pillar” in Germany’s energy transition plan, alongside switching to renewable energy sources. The country is committed to the ambitious target of halving energy consumption from its 2008 level by 2050.

When a machine can seamlessly self-assess its health, contact a parts supplier and arrange for a maintenance update, all without human interaction, it’s clear we have entered the world of Industrie 4.0. A world in which German companies already have a head start.

The biotech sector in Germany is thriving, with an investment record of €674 million in 2017. The sector is responsible for a series of incredible medical and bio-technology innovations, from T-Cell cancer research breakthroughs and the ability to isolate precious metals from waste.