ChamberBrief 2018: May Edition

Dear Members and Friends,

Our global network shows that despite political tensions worldwide, German business abroad is growing solidly. This is one of the results of DIHK's spring AHK World Business Outlook. The business climate for German companies in the US is especially good.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner took a business delegation on an 8+ day jobs and trade mission to Germany. Our CEO Mark Tomkins accompanied the governor as he learned more about apprenticeship systems and explored opportunities for growing trade and investment. Many of our member companies welcomed the governor, and he met several more at the Hannover Messe. The governor's visit was timely, since the world's largest industrial trade show will be hosted abroad for the first time this year - in conjunction with IMTS at McCormick Place in Chicago.

To support our growing network, we are excited to share our new special publications on "M&A in the US" (in English and German) and "Successful Recruiting in the US". These valuable resources provide insights for German companies looking to expand in the US and are available online and at our events. We're currently working on our third special publication of 2018: "The Future of Automotive". If you're an expert in new mobility, please contact us to review your options or check out our Media Kit.

Our global network met at the AHK Weltkonferenz at DIHK in Berlin this past week to map out our Strategy 2025 for the AHK network. We are excited to announce our ICATT Apprenticeship Program won the new INNOVATION@AHK Award in a global competition of AHK projects. Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on news from our network.

Last but not least, our esteemed Vice President Werner Ott is leaving GACC Midwest for his retirement at the end of May. We would like to thank Werner for his leadership, insights and dedicated work at GACC Midwest. We wish him much happiness, good health, and success upon his return to Germany.  

Enjoy the read!  

Your GACC Midwest Team 

The preparations for our 2018 SME Forum are in full swing and we're happy to share the agenda with you. We will discuss highly relevant topics in today's business world with experts from Bosch Rexroth, Fragomen, Mercedes-Benz, RSM, SAP, Siemens, and many more. New for 2018, we invite all attendees to pitch their business to the entire audience. Watch our video and get your ticket now.  

During the trade mission to Germany IL Governor Rauner, his business delegation and GACC Midwest explored future opportunities in the Midwest and visited many of our member companies and German investors in Illinois, such as Fresenuis Kabi, Haribo and Vetter Pharma. Get more insights here

This year's Hannover Messe & CeMAT saw 5,800 exhibitors and 210,000 visitors in Hannover, Germany. The GACCs gave presentations on the opportunities and risks of market entries in the US, and our staff shared insights on doing business abroad in one-on-one meetings with German companies. Check out the After Show Report and see what to expect in September when the first Hannover Messe USA will be hosted in conjunction with IMTS at McCormick Place in Chicago. Join our German Night Reception on the occasion of those two special events.

GACC Midwest goes Germany: Seize the opportunity and meet our experts at one of the following events:

We look forward to meeting you there.

After Dr. Susanne Lemaine, valued GACC Midwest Board Member and President at Vetter Development Services USA, Inc., discussed the German family-owned midsize company's expansion in the US at our May event, the upcoming Business Luncheon on June 6 will feature important insights on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Register now!


Our Transatlantic Agricultural Initiative on Consumer Engagement brings German farmers to the Midwest to discuss ways to engage with consumers and improve communication with American agricultural stakeholders. The group traveled through Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa to visit farms and agricultural organizations. Their US counterparts will visit Germany in June - check out their itinerary and join the discussion. 

Our Cluster Initiative delegation was touring Germany this past week with a focus on a hot topic within manufacturing industries: Industry 4.0. Follow us on Twitter to learn more on the technology innovations they discovered. 

Upcoming Events

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Stay in the Know:

  • Get some insights into the DIHK Weltkonferenz in Berlin. (German only)

  • Our member company VETTER welcomed Governor Rauner and bis business delegation in its facilities in Ravensburg, Germany.

  • Congratulations: Our member Hoffmann Group won the iF DESIGN AWARD for three premium brand products. 

  • German company Endress+Hauser receives the Hermes technology award for their iTHERM TrustSens. Find out what makes their temperature probe so innovative.

  • Hear the ICATT Apprenticeship Program team on this podcast discussing how community colleges can scale up their registered apprenticeships.

  • GTAI published an outlook on the economic development in the United States. Read more. (German only)



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