Thursday, March 3, 2011

German manufacturing...fantastic

Sometimes stereotypes exist for a reason (full disclosure, I'm mostly German and love my Volkswagen). The stereotype of the tedious German Engineer, the fastidious multi-language speaking German businessman and the hardworking/quality-focused German worker all come together here in the below story.

Modern Germany has a very unique ability to be worldly in its selling markets, yet nationalist regarding ownership, management, labor and its parts/materials sourcing for manufacturing industries. Only Germany would (at one time) actually have a law forcing one of its flagship (flag-carrying?) companies to keep management control in the hands of local municipality where its located regardless of ownership percentage*.

The story here is about Germany as a manufacturing powerhouse, despite having higher than average wages and a very decent average standard of living.

Source ->,9171,2053595,00.html

*I always took it that the law was originally intended to prevent foreign control, even though the most recent challenge was from Germany's own Porsche Automobil Holding SE

on a lighter note (much lighter), check out this ACTUAL GERMAN TRAINING VIDEO (?) trying to prevent industrial workplace accidents.... While the time article above might give Germany a few ticks in the positive column, I guarantee this offsets that. Haha - oh Klaus...

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