Business Relations

Bavaria’s relationship with the United States runs long and deep.  Today we share intensive bilateral relations, with our businesses and thus our economies being increasingly intertwined.

Trade and Investment

The book value of U.S. investment in Bavaria exceeds 6 billion Euros, a figure larger than that of Bavaria’s neighbors Austria and France combined. Since the opening of the Bavarian office in the US in 1996, the number of US companies in Bavaria has tripled to over 850.  American companies at home in Bavaria include:  Google, General Electric, AGCO, MSD Sharpe & Dohme, Microsoft and Amazon.  Likewise, Bavarian firms in the US number over 750, with their book value exceeding Bavaria’s investment in France and the UK combined.  

The largest Bavarian companies at home in the US include: Siemens, Allianz, Adidas, BMW and Linde. In 2021, the US was Bavaria’s most important export destination, at 19.9 billion euros, and the US was Bavaria’s sixth most important source of imports, at 12.2 billion euros in 2021.


Take a look at the current foreign trade figures Bavaria – USA.


Research and Technology Connections

With more than 350 university partnerships, there are many formal and informal research connections between the US and Bavaria. For example, in 2000, Bavaria formed the Bavaria California Technology Center to foster joint research of Bavarian and Californian universities in the areas of life sciences, environmental technologies, information and communication technology and mechatronics. Fraunhofer and Max Planck are also active in the US, thereby gaining access to a broader range of scientific expertise and facilitating technology transfer between the US and Germany, bilaterally. 

Cultural Exchanges

But the relationship between Bavaria and the US is not just about business, there are educational and cultural exchanges, via the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt as well as 33 sister city partnerships between Bavaria and US cities. To name a few:

  • Augsburg with Dayton, Ohio
  • Coburg with Garden City, New York
  • Hof with Ogden, Utah
  • Regensburg with Tempe, Arizona