Europe’s race to catch up with brands threatens to fail due to staff shortages

Munich The building permit has not yet been issued: Intel’s new multi-billion factories in Magdeburg won’t open until the middle of the decade. However, Christine Eisenschmid worries about finding enough staff. “The need is huge,” says the German boss of the American chipmaker. The manager suspects that posting job ads will not be enough. “Retraining … Read more

Market researcher GfK will be part of NielsenIQ in the future

Frankfurt Five years after financial investor KKR got involved, market researcher GfK is losing its independence. The company is slipping below US rival NielsenIQ. Its owner, Advent, will hold a majority stake in the merged company, while GfK’s majority owner, the Nuremberg Institute for Market Decisions (NIM) and KKR will become significant minority shareholders, the … Read more

Start-ups and tech giants are fighting for a new market

Wafer sorting machine at Infineon Artificial intelligence chips are able to process data faster and more efficiently in some areas than Intel or AMD processors known from computers and laptops. (Photo: Bloomberg) Munich, Tokyo Chips are more sought after than ever before. One category is highly sought after: artificial intelligence (AI) semiconductors. According to the … Read more

Freshfields, Noerr and Co .: Germany’s commercial law firms at steady highs

The best law firms in Germany Commercial law firms such as Noerr and Freshfields currently have the highest growth rates. (Photo: Getty) Cologne Whether it’s CMS Hasche Sigle, Gleiss Lutz, Hogan Lovells, Latham Watkins or Noerr – wherever you look: almost all commercial law firms are currently selling record highs and increasing their productivity. The … Read more

Ergon Capital puts the Opseo intensive care group up for sale

Nurse (symbol photo) The company cares for seriously ill people. (Photo: ullstein bild – Hoff / WELT) Frankfurt According to business circles, private equity investor Ergon Capital is putting up for sale the German intensive care group Opseo, which specializes in intensive care. Goldman Sachs Investment Bank is preparing an auction that could start in … Read more

Speculation for acquisition in the pharmaceutical industry

Merck & Co. Last but not least, the financial constellation in the pharmaceutical industry speaks of stronger mergers and acquisitions. (Photo: AP) Frankfurt Acquisitions and mergers in the pharmaceutical industry were rather sluggish in the first half of the year. But with speculation about US biotechnology company Seagen, forecasts for a new wave of mergers … Read more

Gas congestion: The industry sees almost no potential for savings

Düsseldorf Energy-intensive companies in Germany see little room for significant reductions in gas consumption again in the coming months. This shows Handelsblatt research in several areas. After that, companies have long implemented technically feasible options to reduce energy consumption. According to the companies, further large savings could only be achieved if production was reduced. Representatives … Read more

How Chinese and American companies build satellites instead of cars

Asia Technonomics In the weekly column we write alternately about innovation and economic trends in Asia. (Photo: Klawe Rzeczy) Beijing A few years ago, when an employee of Chinese automaker Geely told me that the company wanted to launch its own satellites into space, I admittedly had to ask again. Does an automaker go into … Read more

How Chinese and American companies build satellites instead of cars

Asia Technonomics In the weekly column we write alternately about innovation and economic trends in Asia. (Photo: Klawe Rzeczy) Beijing A few years ago, when an employee of Chinese automaker Geely told me that the company wanted to launch its own satellites into space, I admittedly had to ask again. Does an automaker go into … Read more

Audi is suing Nio in a trademark dispute

Düsseldorf Chinese carmakers are increasingly pushing for Europe. This is not always without conflict. Audi is currently seeking a legal battle with one of the new electricians from China. VW’s premium subsidiary has filed a lawsuit against Nio in a Munich court, according to group circles. Some of the models offered for the first time … Read more