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Innovations in Production Technology: Machine Tools from Germany

VDW Symposium, B2B Meetings & Networking

The German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW), in cooperation with GACC Midwest, is organizing a technical Symposium in Detroit, MI on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 followed by a Networking Reception. This high-profile event will feature 22 leading German machine tool manufacturers that will present on selected innovations and topics affecting the automotive, aerospace, medical, electronics, tool and mold-making, and oil and gas industries.

During these expert presentations, the diversity, technological competence and technology solutions of the German machine tool industry will be featured as well as the most recent developments in the target industries.

Pre-arranged B2B meetings between the German machine tool companies and attendees of the symposium will take place parallel to the program. If you are interested in meeting with one of these companies, please contact Nadine Schieban.

Date, Venue & Registration

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
8:00 AM - 8:00PM

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Symposium (Ambassador 1 & 2)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Networking Reception (42 Degrees North)

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Rooms: Ambassador 1 & 2, 42 Degrees North
400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, MI 48243

The event is free to attend, but advance registration is required.




Registration, Breakfast & Networking


Opening Remarks

  • Dr.-Ing. Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director, German Machine Tool Builders’ Association
  • Mark Tomkins, President & CEO, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc.


Group A: Digitalization and Automation

  • CAM Innovations That Improve Your Productivity
    Alan Levine, OPEN MIND Technologies AG
  • Digitalization in Machine Tools
    Sascha Fischer, Siemens Industry, Inc.
  • Automation - One piece Work flow in Die & Mold Shops
    Axel Kaucher, Zimmer & Kreim GmbH & Co. KG
  • Industry 4.0 applications with EMCO multi-tasking machines
    Maximilian Wallinger, EMCO MAGDEBURG GmbH


Coffee Break & Networking


Group B: Gearing Technology

  • SMART Gear Manufacturing as a Competitive Edge
    Udo Stolz, Gleason Corporation
  • Machines and Technologies for gear grinding and quality assurance
    Bill Miller & Shane Hollingsworth, Kapp Niles GmbH & Co. KG
  • New developments in dividing heads technology
    Dr. Benedict Korischem & Ronald Kwiatkowski, Peiseler GmbH & Co. KG
  • Hard Scudding + Hard Fine Machining optimized to E-Motive Applications
    Scott Knoy, Profilator GmbH & Co. KG
  • Innovative Cold Forming Technologies in the fields of Thread- and Profile rolling, Spline rolling and Ring rolling
    Andre Hildebrandt, Profiroll Technologies GmbH


Lunch & Networking Break


Group C: Precision and Performance

  • Performance meets Precision
    Jürgen Gögelein, CHIRON-WERKE GmbH & Co. KG
  • 1) EMAG manufacturing systems for precision metal components and 2) Industry 4.0 readiness for metal cutting machinery
    Peter Loetzner, EMAG GmbH & Co. KG
  • Heller – Productivity through innovative machining solutions
    Markus Schlipphak, Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH
  • Creating the World’s Most Productive Machines
    Tom Clark & Wolfgang Saur, INDEX Werke GmbH & Co. KG
  • Taylor-Made as Standard - Productivity made to Measure
    Roland Emig, SAMAG Saalfelder Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH
  • SW Multi-spindle Machines: Our Specialty for Your Success
    Tobias Trautmann, SW Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH
  • Alfred Schütte - Machine Tool Manufacturer - High Productive Solutions
    Jeffrey Reinert, Alfred H. Schütte GmbH & Co. KG
  • Customizing Competence for High Precision Turning Solutions
    Cihan Yanpinar, J.G. Weisser Söhne


Coffee Break & Networking


Group D: 5-Axis and Complete Machining

  • Complete machining of large workpieces up to 250 tons in one machine - Turning, Milling, Grinding and Measuring
    Dr. Ing. Wieland H. Klein, HEINRICH GEORG GMBH Maschinenfabrik
  • "3+2 does not equal 5" – Hermle, the Specialist in 5-axis Machining Centers
    Maximilian Waizenegger & Gunther Schnitzer, Maschinenfabrik Berthold Hermle AG
  • New approach Manufacturing Strategies using 5-Axis Simultaneous Machining Centers for Aircraft Industry Applications, Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Industry
    Roland Ilg, ALZMETALL Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik und Gießerei Friedrich GmbH & Co. KG
  • Technology Solutions for Major Industries



Networking Reception

Schedule your Meeting today!

The following 22 companies will participate in the VDW-Symposium and are available for one-on-one meetings during the event. To learn more about these companies, please click here. If you are interested in one of these innovative “Made in Germany” technologies, schedule your individual meeting today. Contact Nadine Schieban.

About the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW)

The German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW) based in Frankfurt/Main has represented the interests of the German machine tool industry for more than 125 years. Together with the trade association for machine tools and manufacturing systems, affiliated with the VDMA, they have a voluntary membership of approximate 280 firms which account for about 90 percent of the total turnover in the industry. The VDW represents the interests of its members both within Germany and throughout the world. Since 2004, the VDW has also been organizing technology symposia in developing markets. German machine tool builders who participate in these events showcase their corporate capabilities exclusively to the most important customer bases in their respective countries.


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

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