February 2022 Mission to Germany

March 2, 2022
By Mike Graney

Due to the pandemic, it has been more than two years since my previous global business development mission. To say there is pent-up demand is an understatement. Recently, I posted a short message on Linked In announcing my trip to Germany to promote business expansion opportunities in Charleston. I received more comments and “likes” than I had for any previous post by far. Some people reached out to schedule meetings or calls based on the post, which is always welcome.

I spent a week in western Germany visiting companies in the automotive (particularly EV), life science, IT, chemical and industrial sectors. Interest in the US is strong. The American market is a global magnet. German companies have a storied history of investing in South Carolina. Sometimes our market was a sufficient draw to attract interest from the firms. Others are drawn to “localization” of supply chains – manufacture in Europe for the European market, in China for the Asian market, and in the US for the North American market.

My trip will presage a busy 2022 for our CRDA team. Get prepared to see a number of similar blogs summarizing international business interest in Charleston. Our in-market activity has been close to our all-time high for the past two months. We look forward to working with our public- and private-sector stakeholders to attract more successful companies to our market, from Germany and around the world.

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