Israel is where companies come to shine

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Israel is a leading site of investment far beyond what its small size and short history might suggest. With a leading economy, a striking concentration of innovative people and countless cutting edge technologies, Israel is the best place for your company to grow.​​

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​​Ranked 1st in the world for innovative capacity and 1st in the world for entrepreneurship, Israel's creative, skilled, and ambitious workforce is one of the most obvious reasons leading executives turn to Israel to do business. Israel boasts one of the most highly educated, entrepreneurial, and multi-cultural workforces in the world. The richness of the tapestry of Israel's different cultures results in a flexible work system, across sectors and locations. The reasons why Israel is your next best investment are endless.​


      • ​​​General Motors is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, markets and distributes vehicles and vehicle parts and sells financial services. It produces vehicles in 37 countries under thirteen brands, such as Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC. In 2005 GM established GM Israel, which includes an Advanced Technical Centre and an Automotive Procurement Arm, as well as provides support for GM Ventures evaluation processes of Israeli start-up companies. The Advanced Technical Center’s primary focus is on cutting-edge and non-traditional automotive technologies, in a wide range of vehicle related fields, such as autonomous vehicles, user experience technologies (UXT), connected-vehicle, cyber security and more.

         
        ​The GM Israel R&D center creates and evaluates innovative applied concepts for future vehicles; it provides an exceptional research environment with academic freedom. the Global Connected Consumer Experience (GCCX) group in Israel, Founded in 2013, was established to provide innovative solutions and services for online drivers and cars. In 2016 GM is planning to expand its Advanced Technical Center in Israel, establishing 4 new development groups and recruiting even more employees.​​​
      • ​CK Hutchison holdings Limited, a Hong-Kong international company, owns substantial holdings in businesses across a number of industries, including port operation and development, telecommunication, energy, retail and infrastructure. The company employs a quarter million people in 52 countries across the world. Hutchison Water, Established in 2008, is part of the CK Hutchison Holdings Limited, and is offering a wide range of projects in the water and water related business. In 2012 Hutchison Water acquired Kinrot Ventures, an world leading Israeli technological incubator for water and cleantech technologies, forming Hutchison-Kinrot. Hutchison-Kinrot provides a unique platform for developing and commercializing water, Cleantech, Internet of Things and cyber security innovations with valuable access to international markets.

         
        The incubator enables promising early-stage start-up companies to gain access to the highest levels of business, operational and technical expertise in the water and Cleantech industries. Hutchison Water facilitates the world largest and most advanced SWRO desalination plant in Sorek, South of Tel Aviv, Israel, together with IDE. The plant sets significant benchmarks in desalination capacity and water cost, resulting in substantial savings for the local water market. The plant supplies 20% of Israel’s urban drinking water demand.​
      • ​​Perrigo Company plc is an American international manufacturer of private label over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Perrigo engages in the manufacture and sale of consumer healthcare products, generic prescription drugs, active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), and consumer products through its wholly owned subsidiaries, primarily in the United States, Australia, Israel, Europe, India and Mexico. In March 2005 the firm acquired Agis Industries Ltd., an Israel-based gen​eric pharmaceuticals company for $850 million. 

        ​Agis was founded by Moshe (Mori) Arkin in 1983. Arkin, who now owns 9% of Perrigo and was appointed as Vice Chairman of the company after the aquisition, developed his father's small drug import business into a multinational generic pharmaceutical company, changing the world of pharmaceutical. Today, Perrigo employs over 1,200 workers in Israel in three locations, including an R&D Center as well as manufacturing facilities, which are FDA-inspected, cGMP-compliant and recognized for environmental stewardship. Perrigo is planning to expand its facilities to other locations across Israel in the near future.​​​​


      • Intel Corporation is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Intel, founded in 1986, is one of the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chip makers. It combines advanced chip design capabilities with cutting-edge manufacturing capabilities. In 1974, only six years after its foundation, Intel opened its first development center outside the US in Israel. The center has grown from a small team of five researchers to close to 10,000 today, divided among facilities in Kiryat Gat, Jerusalem, Haifa, Petah Tikvah, and Yakum.

         
        Israel has been one of the Intel’s most important development and manufacturing centers, and is in charge of some of intel’s most advanced and innovative chips; the Kiryat Gat facility made history and was the first in the world to manufacture a Perfect Wafer. To this day, intel has invested more than $9 billion in Israel.​​​​​
      • ​Flex has been operating in Israel for 20 years and employs about 4,000 people in its factories, support centers, development and innovation centers. These locations are spread over seven cities, mostly in the periphery such as Migdal Haemek, Haifa, Petah Tikva, Modi'in, Yavne, Ofakim and Sderot. Flex Israel is the largest industrial employer in Israel.

        Flex ranks among the top 100 companies contributing to Israeli exports. Apart from investing in technology, Flex is also one of the largest investors in Israel in production and operation. Flex Israel recently established a factory in the Modi'in-Maccabim-Reut industrial zone covering 35,000 square meters. It includes the latest production technologies and supports the advanced production in Israel.

        The Israeli market plays an important role in Flex's international strategy. Flex connects Israeli companies to leading players in various markets around the world in the fields in which they operate. Flex has plans to develop other sectors in the Israeli economy, including automotive, medical, communications, and smart retail.

        Flex's global investment fund provides further evidence of the important role that Israel plays in the company's global success. The fund operates in just two places Silicon Valley and Israel. Flex has already invested in seven Israeli companies, providing not only money, but also quicker access to market and connectivity to Flex's global customers. 

      • ​IBM began operating in Israel in 1949. Since then, the company has been a key player in Israel's high-tech industry, supporting the economic and technological growth of the country. IBM's research lab in Haifa was established in the early 70's, long before Israel was known worldwide as the "startup nation."

         

        Today, IBM employs more than 2,000 people in Israel in the fields of R&D services, software, finance and more. In less than two decades, the company acquired 14 Israeli companies, each of which operate R&D centers locally, including TRUSTEER and XIV.

         

        IBM was the first founder of the Global Technology Unit (GTU) in Israel, which enables local startups to use their resources to develop products and promote their presence in the international market. IBM's extensive reciprocal procurement in Israel far exceeds contractual commitments and allows for expansion of Israeli companies abroad. IBM is also in close contact with the Israeli academia and, in 2014, it established the Center for Excellence in Cyberspace at Ben-Gurion University. The center plays a leading role in transforming the southern region of Israel into an international cyber center.

         

        IBM has R&D centers in Givatayim, Haifa and Jerusalem, in addition to partnership programs with other universities. Furthermore, IBM works to impart technological knowledge among young people in Israel and collaborates with non-profit organizations in Israel in order to help the Israeli society in the fields of education, employment and health.

      • Unilever began operating in Israel in 1938. Today, Unilever-Israel is a branch of the global company and operates as an independent unit, employing professionals across various fields including R&D, manufacturing, distribution, sales and marketing. The entire activity is managed in Israel and includes 85% of the company's products marketed in Israel in four manufacturing sites throughout the country. In addition to local production and marketing, Uniliver-Israel exports tens of millions of shekels annually, including products to the kosher market in the United States, France and other countries.

        Unilever is collaborating closely with Israeli academy and a number of government ministries in Israel. For example, in 2015 Unilever signed The Multinational Corporations Agreement with the Israel Innovation Authority, which results in cooperation between Unilever and the innovative ecosystem in Israel regarding R&D. In addition, Unilever operates an innovation center in Israel dedicated to locating, examining, and adapting local innovation into the company and its various brands.

         

        Every year, Unilever Israel invests in technology and fixed equipment in Israel. For example, "Knorr" is its international brand produced locally, providing the highest quality based on knowledge and manufacturing methods that were imported to Israel.  Additionally, Unilever Israel factories established in the periphery have significant economic and social impact on their surroundings.

         

        Unilever Israel places great emphasis on reducing its environmental footprint in the manufacturing processes. The company ensures that there is diversity in its company and offers opportunities to workers from all sectors In Israeli society.  Unilever Israel promotes programs within the framework of social goals of its various brands. For example, the Dove brand partners with the Ministry of Education to strengthen self and body image among youth. Additionally, Thalma, a Unilever project, promotes a healthy and active lifestyle.


        Recently, Unilever Israel was rated "Platinum Plus," the highest rating for social responsibility in business by MAALA, a CSR standards-setting organization

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      • ​​Dr. Efrat Shefer, GM, Imaging Clinical Applications & Platforms, Healthcare Informatics at Philips Philips Healthcare began its operation in Israel immediately after the State was founded. Exactly 50 years later, in 1998, Philips was established a representative office in Israel to create cooperation and fuller involvement in Israel's innovative ecosystem. Over the years, Philips has expanded significantly in Israel. Today, it crosses the business ecosystem and includes R&D, advanced manufacturing, marketing, sales and export. The company's export figures have quadrupled over the years to more than one billion shekels. In addition to Philips' R&D in Israel, Philips invests in early stage innovation through Senara Ventures, a joint investment platform for Philips and Teva, which operates a technological incubator in the fields of medical equipment and digital medicine, with the support of the Innovation Authority. Philips-Israel operates in 5 locations in Israel, with two offices in Haifa (Matam), as well as Petah Tikva, Netanya And Ra'anana. The company employs roughly 1,000 employees in R&D and production of advanced medical technologies. Thanks to Philips’ extensive activity in Israel, the company contributes greatly to Israel’s overall medical technological innovation, leveraging the local wealth of talent, knowledge and creativity. Philips plays an active role in Israel’s medical ecosystem and industrial activity. The company's R&D center collaborates with startups and established companies, research centers, subcontractors in Israel and abroad, as well as hospitals such as Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Assuta, Ein Karem Hospital and Tel Hashomer. Israeli hospitals are also used as beta sites for the innovative systems being developed. In addition, Philips collaborates with companies on a variety of exciting projects in the medical field. One example of this is Philips’ partnership with the Ein Karem Hospital to develop 'IQON', the world's first spectral scanner, a system completely developed and manufactured in Israel. The project is the first spectral detector in the world to ​​​​

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      There’s a reason why Facebook’s second-largest R&D center is located in Israel. It’s the same reason why Warren Buffett chose to make Israel the home of his first major acquisition outside of the United States. And it’s the same reason why Microsoft, Google, Apple, Intel, Samsung, HP, Siemens, GE, Philips, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Toshiba, Barclays, Hutchison and LG spark the long list of over 330 multinational companies who have realized that Israel is their ideal choice for investment.
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