In evaluating a possible and prospective place for a new plant one inadvertently has to keep mind the most influential and relevant factors that facilitate and motivate the growth and sustenance of the said plant. An interrogation of Germany from this perspective states a viable case for the argument that it is fit to accommodate a new plant. These factors include but not limited to public opinion and attitude, government policy and production factors.
Public opinion and attitude
The German public appetite towards religion was initially very high especially during the war period of the 19th century. It was mainly protestant following the accretion to power of protestant affiliate leaders such as Ottovon Bismarck. In fact prior to the Second World War up to two thirds of Germany’s population was majorly with the minority remainder being Roman Catholic.
However come 1980, the affinity to religion received a great blow with most followers opting out to avoid the church tax. Today the attitude towards religion is not as great as it was during the war period but it continues to polarize the German society. The influence is small and easy to regulate due to the dilution and division.
Down from historical antecedent Germany never had an appetite for the American concepts and lifestyles. This was motivated by the economic social and political gaps that came about during the war and post war cold war periods. This has over the years affected relations between these two cultures hindering commerce and economic ties between these two states.
This has changed though not entirely due to the changing concepts and ideas that leave enough room to facilitate smooth relations alongside the differences. It has been blended into a competitive relation that has worked for business and trade (Dewey 69)
Germany’s cultural base has been mounted on language, literature and architecture alongside other heritage artifacts that have solidified the publics’ loyalty to tradition and way of life. It is rich with the most ancient of traditions and remains an icon in history that drew from an established legacy in poetry and thinking. The best of philosophers hail from Germany along with the most impressive of inventions. The German people are a thinking nation alias the das Land der Dichter und Denker (the land of poets and thinkers)
German cuisine is majorly influenced by religion but really not much to tell. The affiliation to religion has limited the creativity to the affiliation of the individuals. This therefore makes market penetration for any industry much easier since there is not much choice in as far as cultural and traditional dishes are concerned. The public has therefore embraced external eating habits and cuisines, which has diversified the food industry.
In as far as, customs go the German public is formal and firmly casual. Customs emphasize a strict since of punctuality deduction and principle. They are a time conscious people straight from work to table manners to social relations. For instance, it is wrong to arrive early to a dinner invitation or to arrive more than 15 minutes late with no justifiable cause. The society is much more conservative than meets the eye a fact that is well expressed by their appetite for dressing (Farquharson, 218)
The early divisions of the society into classes of the lower middle and upper classes have been faced out by modern ways. A society such as that of Germany attracts great interest in as far as family relations are concerned. It is rather disappointing that official statistics point toward a single-minded nuclear families with variations such as those of single parents unmarried and married that overlook relations with their grand parents senior siblings nieces and nephews alongside other consanguine relations.
These have become a center of interest for kinship ties in Germany in the onset of the 21st century as is evident in holidays an essential part of the individuals lifecycle.
Germany’s security statistics have invoked a lot of investor confidence over the years. The German security system has received a lot of credit over the years for the regulated and specific attention to crime. They have had their pitfalls such as these of drug trafficking but this will be of little effect to the American immigrants.
The plant will also be located in an area that is close to the factors of production such as labor and raw materials. The infrastructure is satisfactory so it should not be hard create a convenience point. Housing should be well taken care of by the friendly government housing policies that have aggressively provided places to live for the population. The education system is integrative and open ended.
The Americans will therefore find it easy to blend into the German system since it provided for a receptive programmed that allows the students to learn German to allow them blend into society better. Government policy concerning health and pay is clear and provides for the statutory minimums that every employer is obligated to provide (Santayana 21.)
The government has adjusted the taxation systems to accommodate the normal trading activities with the corporate tax being just below 30%. This remains the same across the board to facilitate the corporate sectors competition. Like any other country Germany motivates local companies, more than external companies but still maintain a viable margin for foreign companies.
By 1913 Germany bore a legacy of being the second largest exporter of cotton this has changed due to changing economic times. The culture of cotton production still remains and therefore will not be a problem. Other raw materials are readily available for exploitation.
The costs of operation and production in Germany are much more cost effective and present a viable window for investment. The market for cotton products is high especially during cold seasons of the year. The public have a general tendency to trust local products therefore this sets the pace for the marketing strategies to be adopted. The level of unemployment also suggests a high availability of labor during all seasons with a constant market during high and low seasons
Dewey, John. German Philosophy and Politics Freeport. N.Y: Books for Libraries Press. (1942), p 69
Farquharson, Alexander. The German Mind and Outlook, ed. G.P. Gooch et al. London: Chapman & Hall. (1945), p 218
Santayana,George, Egotism in German Philosophy. New York: Charles Scribner.s Sons. (1940), p 21.