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LATEST INVESTMENTS


AUTOMOTIVECOMPONENTS RUSSIANPLANT South Korea-based Hyundai Motor is to open a new manufacturing plant in St Petersburg, Russia. The 40,000 square-metre plant will produce transmissions for passenger cars. Construction is set to begin in late 2021, with completion scheduled for 2022. The project represents an investment of Rbs10bn ($139.08m), and will be located near the Hyundai Wia engine facility, which is currently under construction. The new plant will supply the domestic market.


CERAMICS&GLASS PACKAGINGMATERIAL Turkey-based Sisecam, a diversified industrial group, is establishing a glass packaging plant in Kaposvar, Hungary. The Ft73bn ($256.44m) project will create 330 jobs and produce 330,000 tonnes of glass-packaging material annually. Phase one of the facility will commence operations in 2023, with full capacity expected to be reached by 2025.


HEALTHCARE NEWLONDONCLINIC US-based Cleveland Clinic, which owns and operates hospitals and healthcare centres, is opening a new clinic in London, UK. The company will invest almost $1bn, with operations commencing during 2021. The facility, to serve the domestic market, will include 184 beds and eight operating rooms.


METALS FOURNEWMINESINSERBIA Serbia Zijin Mining, a subsidiary of China-based Zijin Mining Group, is investing $148m by 2024 in Southern and Eastern Serbia to expand operations at four mines. The investment will increase capacity for copper concentrate at the mines.


PHARMACEUTICALS MODERNAFACILITY Switzerland-based Lonza, a provider of integrated healthcare solutions, is adding a new drug substance production line at its facility in Geleen, the Netherlands. The production line will support the development of an additional 300 million doeses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine per annum.


TEXTILES LOGISTICSCENTRE Germany-based Zalando, an online retailer, will invest $358min a new logistics site in Montereau-sur-le- Jard, France. The facility, which is expected to open in early 2024, will create 2000 jobs and serve customers in France and the Benelux region.


TRANSPORTATION& WAREHOUSING NEWAIRBASE Ireland-based budget airline, Ryanair, is investing $200m to establish a new base at Aeroporto di Torino-Caselle in Torino, Italy. The base will house two aircraft and serve destinations across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.


This investment news and data has been provided by fDi Markets, a crossborder investment tracking service that is part of The Financial Times Ltd’s fDi Intelligence division (www.fdiintelligence.com)


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EUROPEANFDI IN ICT& ELECTRONICS IN 2020 BY PROJECTNUMBER


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50 0 Source: fDi Markets August/September 2021 www.fDiIntelligence.com


EUROPEANFDI IN ICT& ELECTRONICS IN 2020 BY CAPEX


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privatemarketvaluation.Theproblem onlyisthatstart-upecosystemsare notaparticularlywell-understood notion.Thereisn’tanagreedupondefi- nition,butspeakingtofounders,simi- larideasemergeagainandagain: accesstofinance,ahighlyskilledwork- force,physical infrastructure,business networksandstart-upcommunities. Asacommunityof like-minded


people freely sharing ideasandexpe- riencesdevelops, leadingin practice todedicated start-uphotspots that attract founders at increasingly faster rates, themorewordabout them spreads. This is closelylinkedto the aspect of infrastructure,5Gbroad- bandanddata crunchingfacilities. Talent isasself-explanatoryas


finance: that isavibrantecosystemof institutionalandcorporateventure capitalists,government-backedfund- ing,andbusinessangels. Thereisaworkingtemplate at


hand. Tradeandinvestment promo- tionaswellasregionaldevelopment agencies,whichareseeking to enhancetheir nations’existingchar- acteristics,dothis throughbusiness support, advice,mentorship,and dedicated infrastructure. In theircase, this is to attractFDI. Thereisn’tabig step fromspecial


economiczones to start-up incuba- tors.Networking, linkageandup-skill- ingprogrammesarewell-honedskills of thoseagencies. Aftercareservices, seeking toencouragethe growth of existing firms,also offeraskill set that perfectly fits the task athand. Maybethemostimportantcharac-


teristicsharedbybothstart-upecosys- temsandtheseagenciesisalong-term orientationinsettingupandnurturing theknowledge,know-howandnetwork contactsembeddedinthem.Infact,the argumentcouldbemadethatthese agenciesshouldeagerlyembracestart- ups,giventhetemporarilycollapsing volumesofFDI-inflowsandthemuch- discussedspectreofde-globalisation anddecoupling.■


Martin G Kaspar is head of business development at a German Mittelstand company within the automotive industry.


Email: martin.georg.kaspar@gmail.com 71


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