The CEO of Bayer SA has threatened to abandon manufacturing in Germany, where country’s recent anti-nuclear politics are expected to boost the price of power.Headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany, and employing 35,000 German residents, Bayer is one of the country’s biggest companies and operates in the energy-intensive chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing sectors. Quoted in a recently published issue of German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche, CEO Marijn Dekkers said, “It is important that we remain competitive in comparison with other countries. Otherwise, a global business such as Bayer would have to consider relocating its production to countries with lower energy costs."Complaining that German energy prices are already the highest in the European Union, he noted that prices are expected to rise. Rate increases foreseen by Dekkers and others have been expected since the German government voted in recent months to phase out nuclear power, which had supplied 23 percent of the country’s electricity before several older reactors were shut down in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis in Japan. Eight German reactors have been kept offline, with others set to be phased out over the next decade.In the same interview, Dekkers said the company is making significant investments in Chinese manufacturing and is expanding its operations in Brazil, India and elsewhere.