Reason they are the #4 economy & #1 exporter per captia with under 100m people: they invest the small to mid sized manufacturers. We killed this sector and destroyed guilds and organized apprenticeship programs.
Many Mittelstand companies are export-oriented. They focus on innovative and high value manufactured products and occupy worldwide niche market leadership positions in numerous B2B segments.
Typically, Mittelstand companies work closely with universities and researchers and cluster themselves around big manufacturers. Mittelstand companies benefit from Germany's apprentice system, which provides skilled workers.
Germany's Mittelstand is heavily concentrated in four main sectors:
"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo
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