Most firms that have set up new operations in metro Atlanta so far in 2010 have come from abroad, primarily from Europe, according to a monthly electronic news bulletin by the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

Seven out of the 10 companies listed in the chamber’s April “Business Recruitment Blast” are based internationally. Five of those are from Europe, which remains the top source region for foreign investment in Georgia.

Two German companies chose Atlanta for new U.S. headquarters. KEUCO GmbH & Co., a bathroom fixture manufacturer, and NIMAK GmbH, an auto supplier that makes welding machines for customers like Volkswagen and Mercedes, will create a combined total of 30 jobs.

MagVenture, a Danish medical device company, is putting a sales office in north Atlanta, creating five jobs. Enfinity Corp., a Belgian solar company, is moving its U.S. headquarters from Sacramento, Calif., to Sandy Springs, creating up to 50 jobs over three years.

Grant Alexander, an executive recruitment subsidiary of France‘s BPI Group, is opening its Southeast office in Sandy Springs.

Non-European international expansions include Alfa Mega Inc., a Montreal firm that makes HVAC components, and Novelis Inc., an aluminum company that is a subsidiary of Mumbai, India-based Hindalco Industries Ltd. Novelis is consolidating its North American base from Cleveland with its global headquarters in Atlanta.

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