German Machinery Conference & Delegation

Focus on Automotive

With a German machinery delegation coming to Michigan and Illinois from October 5-9, 2015, GACC Midwest hosted a Business Conference focusing on Machinery in the Automotive Industry in Troy, MI on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

The American automotive industry is booming. North America’s share of registered cars reached 24% of the world’s total of 78 million in 2014, making it one of the most important regions for global OEMs, suppliers and services providers. Another increase in the production of cars is expected and will likely force car manufacturers and suppliers to modernize and automate their production facilities. As a result, experts predict that the Midwest, especially Michigan, will be an attractive region for investment. As one of the leading providers of machinery, equipment and manufacturing technologies, German companies will certainly play an important role.

The conference provided attendees with the chance to hear about the latest developments and trends in the German and U.S. machinery market and to learn about cutting-edge technologies and innovations in the automotive industry from Germany. Attendees had the chance to explore partnership opportunities with German companies and to network.

Date & Venue

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
8:00am - 3:30pm

The Management Education Center
The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management
Room: Amphitheatre 102
811 W. Square Lake Rd.
Troy, MI 48098

Conference Agenda



Registration, Breakfast and Networking


Words of Welcome and Introduction
Dieter Lehnert, Manager Michigan Office, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc.


Local Motors: Built, not bought.
David C. Woessner, General Manager / Detroit, Local Motors


Facing and Combating the Manufacturing Skills Gap
Jeannine Kunz, Director, Tooling U-SME


German Company Presentations I


Coffee Break


US Economic Outlook: What’s Driving the Automotive Industry
Paul Traub, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch


German Company Presentations II


Lunch & Networking Break


Connecting Technology Needs in the Automotive Industry


Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • Richard Wallace, Director, Transportation Systems Analysis, Center for Automotive Research
  • Mike Jackson, Director, North America, Vehicle Production Forecasting & Analysis, IHS Automotive
  • Michael A. Drake, Senior Director, Government, Corporate and Foundation Relations, University of Michigan, College of Engineering
  • David Emerling, Industry Collaborations Director, College of Engineering, The Ohio State University, (LIFT)
  • Rick Davis, Key Account Manager, TRUMPF Inc.

moderated by Virginia Attaway Rounds, Director Consulting Services, Geman American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc.


Closing Remarks & Continuing Networking
Dieter Lehnert, Manager Michigan Office, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc.

German Business Delegation

GACC Midwest brought a business delegation consisting of German machinery companies involved in the automotive industry to Detroit, MI and Chicago, IL from October 5-9, 2015. The company profiles are available below.

Beinbauer Automotive GmbH und Co. KG offers high-precision components and assemblies for commercial vehicles, passenger cars, as well as railway vehicles. They focus on axels and suspension components, and specialize in extremely complex and precise orders. As Germany’s largest supplier in this field, they also have the capacity and flexibility to handle rush orders and large volumes.

DS Maschinenbau
is a custom manufacturer of jigs, fixtures, tooling as well as machine components. Full service manufacturing capabilities including wire EDM, CNC machining, and turning of parts up to 96 inches. They can advise on materials for challenging applications. Particular expertise in the automotive supply industry as well as metal rolling. 

specializes in clinching and net form and pierce system for sheet metal. Clinching has significant advantages over spot welding, including longer tool life, lower total cost of operation, and ability to join two different materials, e.g. steel with aluminum. Net form and pierce improves accuracy in joining body sections. Eckold already works with a variety of OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers worldwide.

ELHA-MASCHINENBAU Liemke KG offers transfer centers that allow the highly efficient manufacturing of components with multiple process steps such as engine, transmission, and chassis components. Through their innovative machine design, the transfer centers can process up to 8 workpieces simultaneously within a small footprint. The company focuses on keeping the per-part manufacturing costs as low as possible.

Felss Systems GmbH provides customized machinery for rotary swaging, axial forming, bending, and autofrettage. These manufacturing methods enable significant weight savings as well as reduced material cost compared to turning. Their technology has already been implemented by suppliers in the US and Germany as well as FCA. 

Meshparts GmbH's software allows machine builders and engineering firms to more quickly and effectively evaluate new machine configurations using finite element model kits. Through its library of more than 1,000 components, the software allows modelling and calculating complex assemblies 10 to even 100 times faster than traditional FE-analysis.

Meyer Drehtechnik GmbH
manufactures high precision, complex turn parts for all machinery metals such as steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, and bronze for engine components, chassis components, safety components, as well as carriage components. Turning, milling, heat-treating, grinding, assembly, and vibratory finishing are all offered in-house. The combination of fast, economic CNC technology along with cam-controlled lathes allows for medium and large batch productions.

secova GmbH und Co. KG provides Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) software solutions by streamlining safety training, policy announcements, etc. sam® improves operational effectiveness between employees and can help reduce administrative burdens, operational incidents and accidents. 

W & S Feinmechanik GmbH manufactures individualized precision turned parts from steel and stainless steel to nonferrous metal such as aluminium, brass, nickel-chromium and more. Depending on the size of the component, minimum production volumes vary from 500 and 50,000 pieces. No upper limits on volumes.

WEMA VOGTLAND Technology GmbH offers retooling of machines and complete production lines, allowing significant cost savings. WEMA acts as the single point of contact for their turnkey systems, meaning customers never have to deal with interoperability problems. Global manufacturers benefit from WEMA’s worldwide service network.

WILHELM BAHMÜLLER Maschinenbau Präzisionswerkzeuge GmbH is a supplier of high-precision production grinding systems for ultra-precise internal, external and simultaneous processing of small work pieces. Bahmüller’s machines are retrofit-friendly, integrated compact systems with highly dynamic automation options. The turnkey solution is designed for the high-volume serial manufacturing of small, high-precision components.




Nadine Schieban
Senior Manager, Market Entry Programs, Delegations & Events
Tel.: +1 (312) 494-2180
Email: schieban(at)

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