Germany, Austria and Switzerland are perceived by the general public as industrialized countries in which technical excellence is produced and marketed worldwide. Top brands from these countries are often industrially manufactured goods. It is less well known that the service sector in Germany is about three times as large as the industrial sector. In the DACH region, top performance is also being achieved in the service sector. Over the last 40 years, the service sector has been the main engine of growth. The sector is very diverse, including education, consulting, logistics, healthcare, media, energy services, waste management, financial and human resources services.

Although services are seen as an anchor for stability and growth, many sectors are undergoing major changes, driven in particular by information technology, market opening, deregulation and offshoring. In the service sector, CODEX Partners has been focusing on media (e.g. publishing, Internet portals, online specialized media), industrial services (e.g. logistics, material testing, repair, maintenance, temporary work), construction services (e.g. electrical installation, heating, air conditioning) and the education sector.