Last week, we spoke with our vice-chairman of the board, Rolf Drohn. Rolf has been part of the German business community for over two decades and is a long-time supporter of the German-Australian Chamber. In this podcast episode, we covered quite a bit, from the value of collaboration and contribution to gender equality, ghost choirs and more.
In our latest episode of Sound Bites, our Project Consultant Max Schnarr talks about his current and upcoming projects and delegations. He also explains what the hydrogen buzz is all about. Both Australia and Germany have ambitious hydrogen goals. In a recent article, Max has outlined Germany’s National Hydrogen Strategy, and it will be interesting to see how this technology will impact the economic recovery for both countries.
In our latest episode of Sound Bites, we spoke with Byron Kennedy, co-founder of SPEE3D, and Stefan Ritt, their MD in Germany. In a massive and successful pivoting effort, the company has recently explored how antimicrobial copper can help stop the spread of COVID-19, and how those coatings can be installed quickly using 3D printing. While pretty busy on the home front, SPEE3D also went ahead with a planned expansion into the German market, aided by GTAI and Austrade.
COVID-19 has impacted just about every industry in sometimes very different ways. But some industries were already in trouble before the virus broke out, such as the Australian retail sector – and those problems have compounded further. We spoke to Brad Welsman, Managing Director of our Executive Member SSI SCHAEFER, about some of those impacts felt in the logistics industry and for some of SSI SCHAEFER’s retail customers.
Manufacturing, and advanced manufacturing in particular, has been the topic of many discussions recently both on an industry and political level. COVID-19 has highlighted not only certain vulnerabilities in this area, but has shown great desire by many Australian companies to increase local production, while maintaining healthy trade relationships with overseas partners.
Our new podcast series, Sound Bites, delivers insights from the German-Australian business community. And what better way to start this series than to introduce our new Executive Director, Christoph von Spesshardt. Christoph joined us on the 1st of May, and while he can’t meet our members (and staff) in person just yet, he took the time to share a bit about himself with us.
The AHK team has been working remotely for over 7 weeks now. Not only has the novelty of working in our trackies worn off, but there have been plenty of ups and downs during this time. But, has it been all bad?
The global economy and thus the business of German companies abroad are in a substantial crisis. Two thirds of the more than 4,000 companies surveyed by the AHKs worldwide expect the economy to deteriorate in the respective countries.
This blog will provide you with up-to-date, in-depth information about developments in our focus industries. Our team of contributors consists of experts in policy work, business consulting, German Trade and Invest (GTAI), mining and resources, and our member companies.