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In the competition with global competitors put the German carmaker always higher billions in research and development. As the Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) reported in Berlin on Sunday, the means used worldwide in 2013 increased compared to 2012, a total of around 7 percent to 29.6 billion euros. Figures for the now outgoing year not yet called the VDA.
Approximately 93,000 employees at car manufacturers and suppliers working in research and development (R & D). “That’s one in four R & D employees of the entire German economy,” federation chief Matthias Wissmann said, according to a press release.
Among the main activities there were networked and automated driving, but also alternative propulsion methods such as electric mobility, optimizing normal internal combustion engines. The research spending is expected to continue to increase, estimated Wissmann.
The home sites are for the industry after. VDA information on the research and testing of critical technologies of the future: More than half (56 percent) of all investments accounted for by Germany, whereas only about one-third of global car production German corporate brands is located in Germany. The carmaker lift in Germany according to the VDA also about a third of the research and development spending throughout the economy.