Germany Seizes on Big Business in China

The Washington Post reports:

Vilified in the United States as a great sucking sound on the American economy, is courted here as a revered client. Fast-growing demand from Asia’s giant is helping to the strong German recovery, and now stands as proof that a nation can profit off China’s rise.

China passed the United States last year as the No. 1 overseas for big-ticket German machinery, with Teutonic titans from to Volkswagen – which so far this year has sold 1.3 million cars in China, five times as many as it has in the United States – ramping up production and payrolls to fill Chinese orders.

More important, China is growth at smaller German manufacturing firms like Scheipermeier’s Nobilia that form the true backbone of Europe’s largest economy. A family-run company making modular kitchens in a half-mile-long factory, where free-roaming robots work alongside humans on the most advanced assembly line of its kind in the world, Nobilia is treating nouveau riche Chinese like Americans of the 1950s – when nothing said success such as a sparkling, modern kitchen.

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