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If you want to get a close look at Germany's export juggernaut, don't go any farther than the Glasbau Hahn factory on the outskirts of Frankfurt. Although it has only $12 million in sales, Glasbau Hahn is the Mercedes-Benz of glass showcases. Its products are jammed with technology to protect the world's most valuable art objects--such as the bust of Queen Nefertiti at Berlin's Egyptian Museum. Top-drawer customers such as New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and London's British Museum eagerly fork out up to $100,000 apiece for custom-built wall-size showcases from Hahn, complete with heat-free, fiber-optic lighting and precision climate control. "Museums always ask us to do the impossible," says CEO Till Hahn.

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