GACC Midwest ChamberBrief: September 2014 Issue

 Dear Members and Friends, 

The more than 330 of you who were present can confirm it: this year's German Night Reception @ IMTS, Industrial Automation and MDA was a stunning success! This record attendance once again confirmed the importance of German companies for the U.S. market. It also underlined the sigificance of IMTS, which in its 30th edition is on track to rank among the four largest IMTS events covering more than 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space and hosting more than 1,900 exhibiting companies.

On Tuesday, Apple rolled out one of its most ambitious product launches, aiming at retaining its competitive edge. "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower," said iconic innovator Steve Jobs, remembered today for the many ways in which he changed the world. He was not an inventor: He did not create the first personal computer, nor the first digital music player, or the mobile phone - but he took the existing technology and revolutionized it, made it accessible, useful, reliable - and cool. What makes a great innovator? Our speakers that you see in the header will give different answers from different perspectives, different industries, different backgrounds. Together, we hope to come closer to the answer at our Inspiration for Innovation Forum on September 19, 2014 in Lake Geneva, WI!

Sounds great, but maybe a little out of the way? You would like to enjoy a beer or two at the Oktoberfest celebration in the evening? Just take our airberlin shuttle! Enjoy first class transportation in a leather seat coach bus, and first class service from the charming airberlin crew from Rosemont, Chicago to Lake Geneva and back!

With this month's Staff & Services Spotlight, we'd like to introduce Jasmin Welter, Manager, PR & Communications. If you are you an innovation leader in your industry, you should get in touch with her soon! Jasmin will be editing this year's GACC Midwest Report on Innovation, and is looking forward to your contributions!

Furthermore, Jasmin is already working on the 2015 German American Business Outlook. Make sure to participate and mark you calendars - the results presentation will be held at Thomson Reuters Times Square in New York City on December 8!

Best wishes | Herzliche Grüße,

Your GACC Midwest team


Listen to entrepreneur and investor Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871, keynote speaker at our Inspiration for Innovation Forum on September 19!

Innovation is very much associated with the startup scene, and 1871, Chicago's entrepreneurial center for digital startups, is certainly one of the hubs. But innovation is not just something for the tech hubs of 1871, Silicon Valley or even Berlin, where Torstrasse is often referred to as “Silicon Allee.” Following the lead of IT, telecoms, and media companies, more traditional companies are increasingly funding and investing directly in startups across Germany and the U.S. - Read about German companies on the hunt for disruptive innovation

Without Innovation, there is no Entrepreneurship, no Growth and no Success, so join us as we ask these questions: What makes a great innovator? How can you foster innovation in your company? What is innovation? Hear answers from our panelists from both sides of the Atlantic including Fraunhofer, Bosch Rexroth, Johnson Controls, Roland Berger, Naurex, the University of Notre Dame and many more.

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Come to our authentic Oktoberfest at the Abbey Resort at Lake Geneva, WI!

Our team will be wearing Dirndl and Lederhosen - will you join us?

After a day of innovation, creative challenges, and strategic thinking at the Innovation Forum, we invite you and your team to our very own Oktoberfest Tent
Celebrate a successful day of teambuidling with authentic German music, beer, and traditional German foods. Don't miss the beautiful resort views from the Abbey's West Shore Pavilion, surrounded by lushly landscaped grounds.

We even hired an authentic Bavarian band - be prepared to schunkel with music from The Hirsch band!

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Show that your company is a leader of innovation to our entire business network around the globe! This year's GACC Midwest Report will focus on innovation and trends. What's new this year is that we will feature dedicated industry sections, in which our industry experts share their market expertise and innovative potential. Use this opportunity to be featured as innovation leader alongside our experts! You can chose from several options including a two-page editorial article, various size color ads or company profiles. And the most creative one: Make it your cover! We plan to create a mosaic-style cover artwork, consisting of the logos of our companies – all in the shape of the Midwest. Take a look at our Media Kit or contact Jasmin Welter!

GACC Midwest Review:

Briefing with William Strauss (FED Chicago) at the German Pavilion

This week brought the IMTS show, co-located with Industrial Automation and MDA North America, to Chicago’s McCormick Place and our team had a very busy week given the significant representation of German companies and pavilions at the show.

This was confirmed by the overwhelming success of our German Night Reception yesterday! We had a record attendance of over 330 participants and received excellent feedback

Our Chairman of the Board of Directors, W. David Braun, spoke a few words of welcome and introduced Annika Klar, Director at Deutsche Messe, Rich Huss, CEO, Festo Corp., and Adam Pollet, Director Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity who in their speeches stressed the success of this year’s trade show as well as the importance of German companies for the U.S. market.

Inaugural Michigan HR-Executive Circle - A Great Success!

The inaugural Michigan HR-Executive Circle took place on Thursday, September 4th and was a great success. Hosted by member company KOSTAL North America in Troy, MI, the event featured Nicole Dessain, founder of talent.imperative, as our very first guest speaker. Ms. Dessain spoke on the broad topic of Employee Engagement and touched on issues related to Employer Branding and attracting top talent, the impact of Employee Engagement (or lack thereof) on business results and how to involve internal stakeholders in Employee Engagement beyond the Human Resources function. Roughly 20 HR Managers/Directors and other C-level decision-makers from German American companies were in attendance, ensuring an engaging discussion on shared challenges and successful experiences around this topic.

The HR-Executive Circle will be held on a quarterly basis going forward, organized by GACC Midwest, Michigan Office in cooperation with GACC Midwest Michigan Chapter. If you would like to take part in future events, please contact Dieter Lehnert, Manager, Michigan Office for additional information.

Bosch breaks ground on Plymouth Township expansion

Robert Bosch LLC, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of German Robert Bosch GmbH, expands its Technical Center in Plymouth Township, Michigan. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder joined Robert Bosch LLC President Mike Mansuetti on August 25, 2014, in a ceremonial groundbreaking to publicly announce a 220,500-square-foot expansion of Bosch’s Technical Center. Also present during the ceremony was Dieter Lehnert, Manager of GACC Midwest's Michigan Office.

There was a total investment of $40 million to design, build, equip and furnish the site including an estimated $25 million for construction. This added capacity will allow Bosch to increase efficiencies through co-location and collaboration of associates in Southeast Michigan with up to 200 new jobs expected in the next three years. 


Jasmin Welter – Manager, PR & Communications

Have you ever wondered about the person behind the ChamberBrief? Our online channels, like our website and our twitter feed? Or our mailings, flyers, and our annual publications, such as our hugely successful 50th Anniversary Book? Or even the German American Business Outlook in New York City? 

Meet Jasmin! She recently celebrated her 2 year anniversary as PR & Communications Manager with GACC Midwest, and most of you have met her at our events, or at least communicated with her via email! In a way, she gives GACC Midwest a voice, writing & talking about our work, the work of our members, and spreading the news about all things related to German-American business. At the moment, she is most excited about working on the GACC Midwest Report “The Age of Innovation” with our member companies, which will be published by the end of the year!

 If you’re interested in getting involved with GACC Midwest’s various media channels, have news to share about your company, or need marketing support, make sure to reach out to Jasmin!

Upcoming GACC Midwest Events:

Join us next on September 17 at our popular summer location, the Ivy Sky Terrace.
Use this exclusive opportunity to network with an eclectic audience of American and European professionals from the Chicagoland business community! RSVP today

Germany is world-renowned for its role as a pioneer in the energy sector. Already a global leader for installed renewable energy capacity, the ambitious goals of the German Energiewende (or Energy Transition) ensure the country will remain at the forefront of energy innovation. "German engineering" has come to stand for technological excellence, a reputation well-suited for solving the challenges of creating the cleaner, smarter and more adaptive energy distribution and storage network of the future.

Participants of the TAP-YTL Smart Grid & Energy Storage delegation will engage with key players of the German energy industry from September 21-29. Structured intercultural communications training is integrated into the program and assists each Young Technology Leader in advancing their career. Destinations include the Goethe Institut and GTAI in Berlin, Bundesnetzagentur in Bonn, Siemens in Düsseldorf, Vattenfall in Hamburg and many more.

This fall we proudly present a new series of the Energy Efficiency Innovation Seminars, focusing on Energy Efficient Transportation Systems from October 27-30. We are excited to be collaborating with four renowned universities in the Midwest: Michigan State University, University of Toledo, Ohio State University, and University of Kentucky.

The seminars will include presentations by select German companies and institutions, and will feature an expert speaker from the transportation sector in Germany. Therefore students will be able to connect their classroom studies to real-world technologies and developments. We look forward to an all-around productive seminar series, as students and professors mingle and network with the participating German company representatives.

Water Technology Innovation – A Transatlantic Dialogue 

This is your last chance to be part of our 2014 GAWT Roundtable series! We are excited to announce the upcoming GAWT Luncheon Roundtable in Cincinnati, OH on October 29, 2014.

Together with Confluence – the Water Technology Innovation Cluster of the Ohio River Valley Region – GACC Midwest will be hosting this transatlantic dialogue on water technology innovation. This roundtable will bring together industry leaders from both sides of the Atlantic and offers an exclusive knowledge and business exchange in a fruitful expert discussion. 
More information coming soon here.

Become a sponsor of the event and get unique exposure for your company!

For the sixth consecutive year, the German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs) in cooperation with the Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants survey over 1,900 German companies in the U.S. to assess their economic outlook. GABO 2015 will focus on the topic of industry 4.0, smart factory and cyber security in the transatlantic context. 

Make sure to participate in this study that gives your business a voice!

The results will be presented on Monday, December 8, 2014 at Thomson Reuters Headquarters at Times Square in NYC

Mr. Smith and the German beer etiquette


WIN TWO TICKETS to our Inspiration for Innovation Forum on Friday, Sept.19!

Simply send an e-mail with your name and company to Jasmin Welter by Monday noon CST and we will notify the lucky winner on Tuesday!

Stay up-to-date on the latest transatlantic news, learn how German companies are expanding their U.S. Business, welcome new executives to the C-Suite!

In this issue: Read an interview with Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn.

Do you want to be on the cover of this international publication?
Contact Jasmin Welter to learn more about your options!

Showcase the competitive advantage of your region. Contact Jasmin Welter today!

Tools for R&D, innovative production, and process optimization

Join GACC Midwest in Michigan on November 10-12. German companies offering tools and services for the automotive industry should apply now to be part of the delegation! 

Learn more about the conference and set up a meeting with local companies! Contact Dieter Lehnert or click here.

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