Find below information on the latest TBIC activities on both sides of the Atlantic: annotated itineraries of past FDI trips, reviews of FDI-related events attended by our staff and recaps of trade show visits.
April 12th - 16th, 2021
Springtime means Hannover Messe: after the event was swept up in the emergent Covid-19 pandemic last year and cancelled altogether, the world’s largest capital goods exhibition made a virtual comeback in 2021. Over the course of five days, participants had the chance to virtually connect via the extensive matchmaking tools and participate in signature sessions on everything from industry 4.0 to innovative energy systems. Naturally, the TBIC tagged along, and hosted a group of our members for a virtual delegation mission to accompany the show, with meetings in the advanced manufacturing, renewable energy, material handling and aerospace sectors. Our participants also had a chance to connect to various members of the TBIC Advisory Council to learn more about their view from Europe on the FDI landscape and current projects. Thank you to all of our participants for making this mission a success!
February 8th, 2021
During his recent trip to the United States, Matthias stopped by at the Arizona Western College in Yuma, AZ, to complete the on-site assessment and deliver the certificate for their successful participation in the TBIC College Certification Program. After our program launch in 2020, AWC is the first college who completed this certification process.
The aim of the program is to certify local U.S. community colleges in their ability to provide technical training in line with top-tier industry standards, practical education to supplement theoretical curricula, equip students with international competency and become an effective long-term force multiplier for local economic development efforts in order to attract more European FDI to their community.
February 4th, 2021
The webinar began with our esteemed Advisory Council member and CEO of The American Dream US Visa Service Alexander Kos, who provided an overview over present travel restrictions and concurrent visa regulations to enter both sides of the transatlantic market, while also laying out a glimpse of what might be in store in the future as vaccinations will promise a "return to normal".
January 27th, 2021
In January, Auglaize County, OH one of TBIC's state-founding members, underwent their FDI-Ready Community Re-Certification. The TBIC Certification Program “The FDI-Qualified Community” is a unique opportunity for communities to verify their international ambitions and market themselves as “FDI-ready”. As part of the re-certification, the TBIC and our project partner Navigator Consulting conducted an on-site workshop and assessment.
Dec 7th – 10th, 2020Virtual FDI Recruitment Mission: Germany and Israel: MedTech, BioTech & IT
Our final virtual mission in 2020 focused on the MedTech, BioTech & IT industries and targeted companies from Israel and Germany.
The first part of the journey led us to Israel, known as a startup nation with resilient high-tech and life science sectors. In addition to meetings with promising and highly inventive companies, we also met with a Haifa-based business incubator. Our partners from SIBB – ICT & Digital Business Association Berlin & Brandenburg provided us with a highly informative overview on the Berlin Tech Scene to kick-off the Germany part of the trip! Meetings with exciting IT startups as well as big and established players from the MedTech industries followed.
We want to thank our partners for supporting us with another great mission – our fifth and last one for 2020! Since the virtual format has proven as a successful and cost-efficient alternative to in-person trips we are already looking forward to our first two upcoming missions in 2021! Check out the agendas for our Virtual FDI Trip #1: Advanced Manufacturing & Transportation Sector and our Virtual FDI Trip #2: Food Processing & Machinery Sector.
Nov 30th – Dec 3rd, 2020Virtual FDI Recruitment Mission Switzerland & France
In 2019, France was ranked the 6th largest and Switzerland the 8th largest source of FDI in the United States. TBIC targeted these two important markets with a virtual recruitment mission taking place from November 30th – December 3rd, 2020. Originally planned for May 2020 and postponed during the pandemic, we are now looking back on a great event at the end of the year.
Exchanges with a French provider of manufacturing solutions as well as discussions with French and Swiss companies from the tech and automotive sectors on their plans for the U.S. market characterized the mission. We were glad to also arrange a meeting with our partners from Switzerland Global Enterprise to get an idea of the market and understand the most relevant Swiss industries for FDI in the U.S. TBIC is looking forward to coming back to these two important countries next year!
October 19-22 , 2020
Our virtual FDI mission to Italy had originally been planned for March 2020 – the exact time Italy was facing the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, the country was hit worst within the European Union. The more so TBIC was glad to see Italian companies resuming the pursuit of their U.S. investment plans. From October 19th – 22nd, 2020, TBIC arranged meetings with leading Italian companies from the machinery and the food processing industry. Our virtual FDI mission took the delegation to Milan, Cinque Terre, Turin, Genoa and close to Lake Como. The week did not just see individual company meetings allowing our delegation to pitch their areas, it also featured an Investment Roundtable jointly organized by TBIC, the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy and the Italian Foreign Trade Association AICE Unione. Numerous Italian companies were joining the event, debating current challenges and opportunities for U.S. market expansion in times of COVID-19. We are looking forward to future virtual and in-person events in Italy, a very important source of FDI in the United States!
October 05-08, 2020
Fall usually leads our TBIC Members to Germany for an automotive-focused recruitment mission. This year would have not been any different, with the International Suppliers Fair (IZB) scheduled for the first week of October. Unfortunately, the IZB joined a range of key events in 2020 which had to be cancelled.
Nevertheless, the TBIC filled the gap and embarked on its second virtual mission that spanned the entirety of Germany with meetings in the automotive, advanced manufacturing, and automation sectors. During these virtual sessions, our participants had the chance to pitch their communities to potential investors from Europe that are looking to expand to the US – without the need for travel.
Moreover, our participants also reconnected with the German American Chamber network for an update on how their member companies are coping with the ongoing pandemic and with selected members of the TBIC Advisory Council to discuss ongoing and future projects.
All around another successful virtual mission that showcased the resiliency of the transatlantic marketplace. We are looking forward to seeing our members again soon – both virtually and in person in 2021.
September 21-24, 2020
In September the TBIC organized its first ever “virtual” mission – given the travel restrictions still in place, all meetings were held via teleconference. The meetings thus give both the attending European companies and a small group of TBIC members a cost-efficient way to connect and jointly develop projects in the transatlantic marketplace.
The first trip led us to Turkey – one of the top ten fastest growing sources of FDI in the United States with an incredible industrial base. The week did not just see multiple individual company meetings from the food processing, machinery, aerospace & defense and automotive sectors, but also a larger Investment Roundtable jointly organized by TBIC, SelectUSA Turkey, and TÜSIAD, one of the leading industrial associations in the country. During the meeting, both the Advisory Council and the participating members of the trip joined panel discussions to talk about current opportunities in the United States.
We are glad to report that our first virtual mission was a resounding success! The new virtual format has definitely proven itself to be a valuable addition to the portfolio of TBIC services. We want to thank our partners and above all our members for continuing to put their trust in us and for their commitment to the transatlantic marketplace.
July 20-24, 2020
Our second round of virtual company meetings from July 20th to 24th, 2020, was another great success!This round had a strong focus on European prospect companies from the sensor technology and avitation/aerospace industry.The virtual meetings come in a package of 4 and 8 members can join on a first come, first serve basis. The fully digital way to interact with prospects was held over the platforms Zoom and Go-to-Meeting. The format mimics in-house visits during FDI-Trips with the possibility for our members to fully lay out the potential of their areas as well as for the companies to present their product.
Future virtual meetings will be announced on our website. If you would like to know more about our Virtual Prospect Meetings get in touch with Sandra (email@example.com).
June 30th, 2020
In virtual attendance of over 40 of our Members and other interested FDI professionals, the TBIC team provided most up to date information on the public health and economic situation in Europe - featuring selected figures and statistics as well as analyses of national lockdown measures. We were joined by our TBIC Nordic Representative Charlotte Nytoft, who provided us with an inside perspective on the current situation in the Nordic countries. Members of the TBIC Advisory Council further contributed their preliminary estimations of the impact of the crisis on transatlantic FDI.
We also used this webinar to update our Members on our current offerings and changes to the 2020 agenda.
A recording and the presentation slides are available upon request (email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
June 8 - 12, 2020
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and the heavy travel restrictions that put TBIC’s FDI Trips and trade show visits to a sudden stop, we decided to not only adjust to the situation but to think of new ways to support our members.
Our first round of virtual company meetings from June 8th to 12th, 2020, was a full success! Augmented Reality, Robotics Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Sensor Technology – the industries may vary, but not does the companies’ goal to enter and expand the U.S. market. The virtual meetings come in a package of 4 and 8 members can join on a first come, first serve basis. The fully digital way to interact with prospects was held over the platforms Zoom and Go-to-Meeting. The format mimics in-house visits during FDI-Trips with the possibility for our members to fully lay out the potential of their areas as well as for the companies to present their product.
We are looking forward to our second round of meetings in the week of July 2oth – 24th, 2020!
April 20, 2020
The TBIC and its project partners offered detailed insights into our two certification programs. These times of heavily restricted travel, limiting EDOs options of face to face interactions with prospects and existing investors, might instead provide an opportunity to build local capacity to more efficiently attract investments once the worst of the public health and economic crisis has been overcome.
Since 2017, the TBIC in cooperation with Navigator Consulting offers the “FDI-Ready” Community Certification program, including a site visit by two consultants and an exclusive leadership training workshop for your staff. Recently, the TBIC and Navigo launched the College Certification Program, providing a means for U.S. EDOs to certify their regional workforce development potential for international industry prospects.
A recording (video or audio only) and the presentation slides are available upon request (email us at email@example.com).
March 31, 2020
In virtual attendance of over 100 of our Members and other interested FDI professionals, the TBIC team provided most up to date information on the public health and economic situation in Europe - featuring selected figures and statistics as well as analyses of national lockdown measures. We were joined by Davide Burani, Head of Advocacy & Public Affairs at the American Chamber of Commerce Italy, with an on the ground update from hard-hit Northern Italy. Members of the TBIC Advisory Council further contributed their preliminary estimations of the impact of the crisis on transatlantic FDI.
A recording (video or audio only) and the presentation slides are available upon request (email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
February 10 - 15, 2020
Vienna, Austria and Munich & Augsburg, Germany
The TBIC successfully kicked off the new year with our FDI Trip # 1 to Austria and Bavaria! Together with our delegation from the U.S., we started our trip in Vienna, Austria, where we met with representatives of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce as well as SelectUSA. In Austria, we also visited with innovative companies from the electronics, automotive and machinery sectors.
Continuing our trip, we traveled to Bavaria, Germany – just like Austria, this region is well known for its manufacturing industry. Our delegation had the opportunity to meet and converse with major companies in the aluminum and composite industry about their business plans in the United States. Additionally, the participants learned about the dual vocational education system in Germany, when we visited the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry, IHK Schwaben.
December 8 - 13, 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel and Istanbul, Turkey
The TBIC concluded the year 2019 with its seventh FDI Trip to Israel and Turkey. Together with our delegation we spent two fruitful days packed with company and multiplier meetings in the greater Tel Aviv area. The companies we met in Israel had their main focus on the aerospace and defense industry. We were also introduced to state of the art cyber security technologies when we discussed the U.S. market strategy with a company specialized on communication security and UAV technologies.
We continued our trip heading to Istanbul, Turkey, where we had the pleasure to cooperate with the Turkish-U.S. Business Council (TAiK) in hosting a well attended workshop on 'doing business in the United States'. In addition, we had some great networking opportunities at the reception on the invitation of the U.S. Commercial Sercive with selected Turkish companies. Furthermore we enjoyed some very successful company meetings in Istanbul!
November 11 -12, 2019
On November 11th & 12th, 2019, the entire TBIC community converged on Richmond, VA, for the TBIC Annual Meeting & Conference 2019. The event brought together 90 attendees, including TBIC Community and Corporate Members, Advisory Council experts and distinguished outside guests. On Monday, November 11th, the TBIC Annual Meeting was held as a closed-door meeting for the membership to discuss both the achievements of the past year and the strategic outlook for the organization for the year ahead. Tuesday, November 12th, saw the TBIC Annual Conference, a high-profile event on European Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the United States including panel discussions and breakout sessions.
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October 21 - 25, 2019
Milan & Parma, Italy
Our sixth FDI Trip in 2019 led us to Italy! We travelled from Milan to Parma, from Parma to Bologna, from Bologna to Venice and back to Milan to have excellent meetings with multipliers and companies along the way! Focusing on the food processing industry, we met with a company producing filling and packaging machines for bottling and had great exchanges at the CIBUS TEC trade show - one of the most innovative food technology exhibitions! We also visited companies from the healthcare and automotive sectors.
We want to thank our partners at the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy as well as at the Confindustria Emilia-Romagna for hosting our delegation.
September 16 - 20, 2019
Berlin, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark
Only one week after our automotive trip we kicked off FDI Trip #5 2019. With a special focus on Germany’s and Denmark’s startup ecosystems from the MedTech, BioTech & IT sectors, we can now look back on successful days in Berlin as well as in Odense and Copenhagen, Denmark.
The delegation started with a joint meeting together with S.I.B.B., the Digital Business Association Berlin-Brandenburg and attending companies. Afterwards TBIC hosted additional meetings and a "Fireside Chat" with support of the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce. From there, the group headed on to more exciting exchanges around Berlin and then in Odense and Copenhagen, Denmark. New insights into Scandinavian FDI to the United States were also gained at the TechBBQ Copenhagen, the last stop on the trip.
September 9 - 13, 2019
Dusseldorf, Dortmund & Frankfurt am Main, Germany
After a short summer break, our delegation trips continued with our fourth FDI Trip of the year. This trip focused on the automotive industry and included a day at the IAA, Germany’s international automotive trade show.
The delegation started with several company and multiplier meetings in and around Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, one of Germany’s strongest economic regions. From there, the delegation headed to Lower Saxony for additional meetings with automotive suppliers and advanced manufacturing companies looking to enter the United States market. From there, the group travelled to Frankfurt am Main to attend a variety of company meetings at the IAA.
June 17 - 18, 2019
TBIC is looking back on exciting two days at the Paris International Air Show, one of the most important events for the global aerospace and aviation industry. Great exchanges during a variety of company meetings, valuable new contacts for our members and new insights into this evolving industry marked this event. We are already looking forward to the Farnborough International Air Show next year and will again stand ready to assist in setting up meetings with key decision-makers from leading European aerospace companies.
June 10 - 12, 2019
Washington, D.C., USA
Once again, the TBIC attended the SelectUSA Investment Summit 2019 in Washington, D.C., to support its members in their outreach efforts at the show. With over 3,000 attendees, comprised of qualified international companies and investment professionals, the Summit stands as one of the most important events in transatlantic FDI. With its own booth, close to 30 meetings arranged and several Co-Exhibitors, the TBIC ensured the success of its members trying to connect to European investors.
May 20 - 24, 2019
Baden Württemberg, Germany, Zürich & Bern, Switzerland and Milan, Italy
The third FDI trip of 2019 focused on the advanced manufacturing sector of three core European source countries for FDI in the United States: Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. The delegation kicked-off the trip with a visit to two companies in Baden-Württemberg, Germany's leading industrial state. Thereafter, additional company meetings awaited the group in Switzerland. There, the TBIC, in conjunction with SelectUSA and the U.S. Embassy, also hosted an exclusive FDI luncheon with several Swiss companies on the invitation of and in attendance of the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, Edward T. McMullen Jr. The trip ended with another very productive visit to Italy.
April 1 - 5, 2019
Hannover, Nuremberg Area, Frankfurt am Main Area & Munich, Germany
Our second FDI Trip in 2019 led us to Hannover Messe Trade Show and several destinations throughout Germany. The trip kicked off with company visits from a diverse range of sectors at the world's largest industrial fair, Hannover Messe. From there, the group travelled to the Nuremberg Area to appointments with a company from the automotive sector as well as the IHK Nürnberg für Mittelfranken, the local Chamber of Commerce. Meetings with companies in the Frankfurt and Munich from the automotive and industrial automation industries followed.
January 28 - February 1, 2019
Vienna, Austria and Munich & Nuremberg, Germany
Our first FDI Trip in 2019 led us to Austria and Bavaria, Germany, the heartland of industry in Europe. The trip kicked off with a meeting at the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO/Advantage Austria), where our members learned more about how the Chamber supports its members with internationalization, before heading to the first company visit at a leading global raw material suppliers and processor. Following a visit to a manufacturer of industrial electrical solutions and to the U.S. Embassy Vienna, the group travelled to Munich, Germany.
The second part of our trip featured company visits from a diverse range of sectors in the Munich and Nuremberg area, including automotive, food processing, phamarceutical, aviation and machinery.
December 3-6, 2018
Greater Frankfurt Area, Germany
Our last FDI Trip in 2018 took a delegation of our members to the greater Frankfurt area in Germany. We kicked-off our mission with two key multiplier visits: first, we visited Advisory Council Member Henning von Gersdorff in the Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt - the leading bank for the financing needs of German SMEs when they are looking to internationalize; following our visit to Commerzbank, we met representatives from the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Germany, to discuss additional avenues for cooperation, including events catered to advice on market entry for member companies.
The first company meeting of the trip took the delegation to a leading, highly innovative automotive supplier currently looking for a suitable location for its first U.S. production site, where the participants had the opportunity to pitch their sites infront of key decision-makers. The following day, we visited a family-owned advanced manufacturer and another leading automotive supplier, both in the process of entering the U.S. market for the first time.
November 26 - 30, 2018
Zurich, Switzerland and Milan & Turin, Italy
The last week of November in 2018, the EAIC lead a delegation of six Members to Switzerland and Italy to meet with companies that want to expand and invest in the United States. The group started the trip in Zurich since Switzerland is one of the top-10 sources of FDI in the United States. After a meeting with a multinational injection molding company the delegation had the chance to network with the Swiss SelectUSA representative from the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland.
Northern Italy, as another major source of FDI in the U.S., was next on the agenda. After starting off strong with a conference on entering the U.S. market (in cooperation with AICE Unione) with 12 local companies the EAIC Members went on to meet with multiple companies in the automotive sector and other advanced manufacturing sectors.
October 29 - November 2, 2018
Indiana, Kentucky & Tennessee, USA
This year's Inbound Delegation was tailored to the automotive industry, with our delegation consisting of participants from all over Europe, including Austria, Germany and Belgium. Starting in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the group of European automotive suppliers learned more about the local business environment and key industry clusters through visits and networking opportunities with both OEMs and tier-suppliers.
In Fort Wayne, Indiana, our delegation was able to network with GM, Voss Automotive, and Dana, Inc. After participating in our Annual Conference, where the delegation also joined a panel together with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) to discuss their hands-on experience with the transatlantic market, the group proceeded to travel South. In Muncie, Indiana, our delegates participated in various networking formats and visited both Mursix for a plant tour and the local Purdue Polytechnic Institute campus, before heading to Bowling Green, Kentucky for a reception with leading local automotive companies. The trip ended in Tennessee, where the delegates met with MAHLE Filter Systems in Murfreesboro and Gestamp in Chattanooga. Last but not least, the delegation had the opportunity to visit the local Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, TN, for a meeting and a brief tour of the final assembly.
October 14 - 19, 2019
Berlin, Wolfsburg & Dusseldorf, Germany
In October, the EAIC led a delegation of its members to Germany for the seventh FDI Trip in 2018. The trip kicked-off with meetings in Berlin, Germany's capital and home of the European office of the EAIC. First, the delegation received a briefing on recent projects and upcoming services, before heading to the VDA - the German Association of the Automotive Industry, where the group received a detailed update on the automotive industry by a representative of Germany's key automotive industry association. Before heading to Wolfsburg, the delegation also met with representatives of SelectUSA at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.
In Wolfsburg, the group attended the International Supplier's Fair (IZB), which has transitioned in recent years from an in-house Volkswagen show to a key event for the international automotive industry. The trip ended with a visit to an advanced manufacturing company that is looking to establish a presence in the United States.
September 17 - 21, 2018
Tel Aviv, Israel and Istanbul, Turkey
From September 17th-21st the EAIC realized the first FDI Trip to Israel and Turkey, two of the top-10 fastest-growing sources of FDI in the United States. The delegation trip began in Tel Aviv, where the group met with U.S. Embassy representatives, U.S.-Israeli business experts and multiple companies that want to expand their business in the United States.
The delegation spent the second half of the trip in Turkey for a joint reception with the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul with a selected group of Turkish companies that want to invest in the United States. In addition, the delegation had the opportunity to speak at the annual EAIC-Turkish-American-Business-Council conference (sponsored by Gray Construction) in front of more than 60 interested companies. Individual appointments with selected companies were set up between the events.
July 30, 2018
Mobile, AL, USA
In late July, Matthias and Stefan enjoyed representing the EAIC at this year’s Annual Conference of our Alliance Partner the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC). During the 3-day event held in Mobile, AL, we were once again impressed by the impeccable organization of the event and appreciated being given the opportunity to meet participating EAIC members and to discuss recent trends in economic development with attending experts.
On 30th July, we were then happy to invite over 50 EAIC Members and friends to an exclusive FDI Summer Reception, sponsored by our Corporate Member Jesco, Inc.
We are already looking forward to next year’s SEDC Annual Conference in New Orleans!
July 16 - 17, 2018
Farnborough Airfield, United Kingdom
With 1,500 exhibitors and the potential for 100,000 visitors, the Farnorough International Airshow is a key event for the global aerospace industry. On July 16th and 17th, the EAIC supported its participating members from key regions of the U.S. aerospace industry. In very productive meetings with both exhibitors and European aviation companies from our network of partners and contacts, we learned of impressive new projects of companies from all levels of the global aviation supply chain.
June 14 - 19, 2018
Hannover, Munich & Friedrichshafen, Germany
In June 2018, the EAIC led a small delegation of its members on a successful FDI mission to Germany featuring the promising industries of IT technology, biotech, and outdoor equipment. We kicked-off our trip in Hannover by visiting the CEBIT trade show, one of the leading technology trade shows in Europe covering everything from cloud technology to distruptive industrial applications. The delegation subsequently found its way to Munich for a workshop with several cutting-edge biotech companies from the local industry cluster, and a visit to a leading clean-tech company with comprehensive expansion plans for the United States. We wrapped-up our trip with two days of company meetings at the OutDoor trade show in Friedrichshafen, where we got to meet both established brands with a large international footprint and newer, innovative companies looking to jump-start their success in the biggest outdoor market in the world - the United States.
May 14 - 18, 2018
Kanton of Zurich & Bern, Switzerland, Southern Germany and Northern Italy
Another great FDI Trip took us to Switzerland, Germany and Italy from May 14th - 18th. The Delegation started the week in Bern where we met with our partners Switzerland Global Enterprise and Swissmem and a first company from the advanced manufacturing sector. The week then continued with very productive visits with companies from the aviation, automotive and food industries during our short detour to Northern Italy in the middle of the week.
We concluded our trip back in Zurich where we started and we are looking forward to coming back to this great region in November for our trip to Northern Italy.
April 23 - 27, 2018
Lower Saxony, Bavaria, Saxony & Berlin, Germany
Spring time means Hannover Messe time. Once again the EAIC orchestrated a FDI Trip around the world's biggest industrial trade show. On April 23rd and 24th, the delegation of eight EAIC members met with companies from various industries that want to invest and expand in the United States. The group travelled to Bavaria and Saxony for meetings focused on the vibrant automotive sector in these regions.
The trip ended in Berlin where the delegation visited the international aviation and aerospace trade show ILA Berlin. At the ILA, the EAIC met with international companies that are looking at investing in the biggest aerospace market in the world, the USA. The group also met with the regional aviation clusters from Lower Saxony and Bavaria to discuss bringing German companies to the United States.
April 23 - 27, 2018
Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia & Hessia, Germany
This April, the EAIC led a delegation of local representatives from the regional alliance Team Texas to the Hannover Messe and West Germany. From Monday to Tuesday, our delegation attended Hannover Messe with two full days of meetings with promising European companies attending the world's largest industrial show. These prospects came from a variety of industries, including advanced manufacturing, energy (wind, oil & gas, PV), earth-moving, aerospace, and many more.
Following our time at Hannover, we first made our way West to visit with a promising heavy vehicle manufacturer and a subsequent visit to a large food-processor. We concluded our trip further South, as we met with an international player in the advanced manufacturing sector in North Rhine-Westphalia, and another promising prospect in the chemical industry near Frankfurt.
March 19 - 23, 2018
Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia & State of Rhineland Palatinate
From March 19th to 23rd, the EAIC organized its second FDI Trip in 2018 to Germany to attend the Anuga FoodTec Trade Show in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, and visit promising food-processing companies in the wider area of the State of Rhineland Palatinate. After we kicked off our week with insightful meetings with key regional multipliers, including the U.S. Commercial Service in Düsseldorf and the regional Chamber of Commerce, our delegation spent two days at the Anuga FoodTec Show. The show, which is the only trade show in the world that focuses on the whole range of food-processing and packaging machinery, featured 50,000 visitors and 1,500 exhibitors.
Following our time at the Anuga, our delegation visited two promising food & beverage companies with concrete plans for the United States. Our visits featured the exlusive opportunity for our members to present their communities in a three minute pitch for a specifc project infront of key decision-makers.
February 25 - 27, 2018
Rio Grande Valley, TX, USA
From February 25th to February 27th the Rio South Texas Economic Council (RSTEC) hosted an EAIC Familiarization Tour in the Rio Grande Valley Region. During a joint kick-off lunch Matt Ruszczak, Executive Director at RSTEC, gave a brief presentation on the importance of European Foreign Direct Investment in the United States to the EAIC and RSTEC Members. Director of European Affairs at the EAIC, Stefan Aengenheyster, gave an introduction on the EAIC.
Together with EAIC Advisory Council Members Sebastian Eich (NAVIGO), Thomas Schwegmann (PONS Transatlantic Partners), Florian Stamm (SGR) and Dr. Ullrich Kämmerer (Roedl USA), the EAIC visited the Rio Grandy Valley Region and learned more about infrastructure, workforce development, sites and business environment in the RSTEC Member regions. Important aspects like workforce development, site visits, incentives and SPEC buildings were discussed at different stops. During the three day tour the EAIC had the opportunity to visit Texas Southmost College, The Port of Brownsville, Texas State Technical College, the City Of Weslaco, the City of Palmview, Sullivan City, Starr County, the City of Alamo, the Citiy of Pharr, the City of McAllen, South Texas College, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce.
The EAIC was honored by the great hospitality in South Texas and the outstanding support by the Rio South Texas Economic Council.
January 22 - 26, 2018
Vienna & Linz, Austria and Munich & Nuremberg, Germany
Our first FDI mission of 2018 lead our delegation to Austria and Bavaria, Germany, from January 22 to 26, 2018. The trip kicked off in Vienna, Austria, with meetings with the local SelectUSA staff to learn more about the business environment in Austria and the first company meeting with an automotive supplier. The delegation then made its way north via Linz in Upper Austria and Munich, Bavaria's capital, to Nuremberg, meeting along the way with promising family-owned businesses in the automotive, aviation, chemical and earthmoving industries with concrete plans for FDI in the United States. Once again it was shown that these mid-size, family-owned businesses form the backbone of transatlantic investment flows.
December 4 - 8, 2017
Milan, Verona, Ravenna & Turin, Italy
After a very successful FDI mission to Italy in the first half of 2017, the EAIC led a delegation of its members on its second FDI trip to Italy from December 4 to 8, 2017. On our first day in Milan, we kicked-off our trip with key multiplier meetings, including local industry associations, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce (IACC), and the international office of the pan-European bank UniCredit. The evening was topped-off by a Gala organized by the AmCham Italy and attended by around 600 participants, including the US ambassador to Italy, Lewis M. Eisenberg, and his Italian counterpart.
In the following week, we made our way via Verona to Ravenna and ultimately to Turin, meeting along the way with promising companies in the automotive, pharmaceutical, chemical, and advanced manufacturer industries with substantiated plans for investments in the United States.
November 16 - 17, 2017
Frisco, TX, USA
On November 16th and 17th, the EAIC hosted its Annual Meeting and Conference in Frisco, Texas. The event gathered the EAIC community, the Advisory Council, the EAIC & Niedersachsen Aviation Inbound Delegation, as well as distinguished guests to network and learn more about current trends in transatlantic trade and investment.
During our Annual Meeting on November 16th, our EAIC community and corporate members used the opportunity to engage with both the Advisory Council and EAIC leadership on the organizations’ agenda for 2018 and the strategic outlook.
The Annual Conference kicked off on Friday with welcoming remarks by our hosts Frisco Economic Development Corporation and Team Texas, followed by our first panel on current EU developments and their impact on FDI flows. Further panel discussions focused on insights on recent site-selection projects of our Advisory Council, as well as on FDI in the aviation industry featuring members of our inbound aviation delegation.
November 13 - 17, 2017
Wichita (KS), Oklahoma City, Stillwater & Tulsa (OK) and Arlington, Waco, Fort Worth & Frisco (TX), USA
In November, the EAIC led a group of European aviation companies from Kansas through Oklahoma to Texas. It was the mission of the trip to connect our participants to local companies in one of the key aerospace clusters and learn more about the market environment in meetings with regional economic development organizations.
During our stay, we successfully visited industry leaders such as Spirit Aerosystems, NORDAM, American Airlines, Triumph, L3 Platform Integration, and Bell Helicopter, among others. Moreover, our participants were able to network with local representatives of key regions for the aerospace industry inbetween company visits.
We would like to thank the Greater Wichita Partnership, the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce, the Tulsa Regional Chamber, the City of Arlington, the Greater Waco Chamber, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, and especially our sponsors and hosts Frisco Economic Development Corporation and Team Texas for making our Inbound Delegation such a success!
Review Media Coverage: Niedersachsen Aviation (in German)
October 23 - 27, 2017
Warsaw & Poznan, Poland and Prague, Czech Republic
From October 23rd to 27th, the EAIC lead a group of its members on a delegation trip to Poland and the Czech Republic. On the first day of our sixth FDI Trip, which started in Warsaw, we visited a comsetics and pharmaceutical company, as well as key multipliers from the U.S. Commercial Service and the American Chamber of Commerce. Our second day in Warsaw featured promising meetings with a food processing and ICT company. In Poznan, we further explored the local technology and start-up scene as it relates to such cutting-edge topics such as Industry 4.0.
In the Czech Republic, our delegation met with two leading advanced manufacturing companies in the wider Prague area, with opportunities to learn about their local production and connect with key decision-makers concerning their plans for expansion in the United States.
October 16 - 20, 2017
Copenhagen, Denmark and Gothenburg, Sweden
From September 16th to 20th, 2017, the EAIC and a delegation of its members went on its fifth FDI Trip to Denmark and Sweden. In Denmark, we began the week with a meeting with the U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy. Furthermore, we visited advanced manufacturing companies in various parts of Denmark with an interest in business expansion in the United States.
In Sweden, we started with a meeting at the FKG, the Swedish Automotive Suppliers Association, to learn more about the Swedish automotive industry before the start of the FKG’s annual Suppliers Forum on Wednesday afternoon and all of Thursday. Besides ample opportunities for company meetings and networking at the EAIC booth on the show floor, the program included several workshops on U.S. market entry and innovation in the automotive industry. It was a successful week with much time to connect with new prospects.
September 27 - 29, 2017
Richmond, Norfolk & Charlottesville, VA, USA
From September 27th to September 29th the Virginia Economic Development Partnership hosted an EAIC Familiarization Tour in Richmond, Hampton Roads and Charlottesville.
After a joint kick-off dinner with Governor McAuliffe in Richmond, President of the EAIC, Matthias Beier, Advisory Council Members James Blair (Navigator Consulting), Florian Stamm (SGR) and Dr. Ullrich Kämmerer (Roedl USA) visited the Port of Virginia in Norfolk and learned more about infrastructure, workforce development, sites and business environment of EAICs founding member in Virginia, Hampton Roads.
To learn more about the diverse regions of Virginia, the EAIC delegation shared its experience on European FDI in the U.S. with more than 20 regional EDOs at the UVA Research Campus in Charlottesville. Important aspects like workforce development, site visits, incentives and SPEC buildings were discussed in small groups. A pitch camp with all attending EDOs provided unique opportunities for EAIC to learn more about Virginias regions and a profound feedback for the attending EDOs.
The EAIC was honored by the great hospitality of its Virginia founding member in Hampton Roads and the outstanding support by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.
September 11 - 15, 2017
Berlin & Frankfurt, Germany
From September 11th to 15th the EAIC went on the fourth FDI mission of 2017. The trip led the delegation to Germany from Berlin all the way to the IAA Trade Show in Frankfurt. Along the way we visited a number of prospects from the automotive sector that want to start large-scale production facilities in the United States. Further productive appointments were realized at the Frankfurt trade show grounds during the IAA, one of the world’s largest automotive trade shows.
September 12, 2017
EAIC President and CEO, Matthias Beier together with Advisory Council Member Ullrich Kämmerer, Rödl & Partner partook an Info-Workshop at the MTU Maintainance in Hannover, Germany on the 12th of September. MTU Aero Engines is Germany's leading engine manufacturer and an established global player in the industry. The Langenhagen facility is the centerpiece of the MTU Maintenance group. It is responsible for the maintenance of medium- and large-size commercial engines. Matthias gave a successful presentation on foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States with focus on aerospace manufacturing.
September 4 -8, 2017
Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany
The first week of September the EAIC carried out the FDI mission to Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. This region of Europe is home to a large proportion of traditional manufacturing, particularly in the industry sectors automotive and food processing. Favorable conditions at home have led many companies to take advantage of opportunities across the Atlantic. We met with some of these hidden champions that want to expand in the United States. Further, we established close cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Brussels and their local SelectUSA team to build a long term working relationship.
July 23 - 28, 2017
East and South Texas, USA
From July 23rd – 28th the EAIC in cooperation with Team Texas had an extended, multi-city Familiarization Tour in East and South Texas.
On a one week road show James Blair (Navigator Consulting), Florian Stamm (Smith, Gambrell & Russell), Dr. Ullrich Kaemmerer (Roedl & Partner) and Matthias Beier (EAIC) visited its Texas Founding Member Longview and further strong communities in Conroe, Victoria, Brownsville, Seguin and Waco. Every event entailed site visits, three presentations on European FDI, focus industries and first hand insights of a site selector, followed by presentations of hosting and other joining communities and a Q&A.
Each event was accompanied by a representative of the Governor´s office and Lorie Vincent with Team Texas joined the whole trip that she had organized for the EAIC.
While the communities got a unique insights on recent FDI trends and projects, EAIC could learn a lot about the Texan business environment with its business driven communities. The EAIC was honored by the outstanding hospitality of all visited communities and Lorie´s fantastic support!
June 19 - 21, 2017
Washington D.C., USA
The EAIC is proud to announce its first successful participation as exhibitor at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington D.C. this year. The three-day conference gathered investors from all over the world to connect with representatives from different parts of the United States. Over 20 EAIC members joined us for the EAIC kick-off brunch on day one to discuss recent developments in our organization and to gain insights into upcoming events. During the conference we held numerous meetings with companies that want to invest in the United States. EAIC members were able to join the meetings with companies from Italy, Germany, Turkey, the Netherlands, Norway, Isreal, Belgium and Austria among others.
The EAIC wants to thank its members for joining us at this productive conference and we are looking forward to our return in 2018.
June 22, 2017
The EAIC took part in the 4th German American Business Forum, this year held in Düsseldorf, Germany and organized by the German American Chambers of Commerce and the Düsseldorf Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
A number of interesting panel discussions on topics such as transatlantic relationships 4.0, and energy politics and infrastructure in Europe and the US, were complemented with a series of networking opportunities during which we promoted the EAIC and our strong network of Member Communities to European businesses looking to enter or expand in the U.S. market.
June 19 - 21, 2017
For three days in mid-June, the EAIC attended the International Paris Air Show 2017 - the oldest show of its kind, held since 1909 and this year in its 52nd edition.
Besides witnessing many an impressive flight maneuvre, we attended a series of informative and productive company meetings and could introduce the EAIC and its Community Network to many more of the over 2,300 exhibiting companies.
May 9 - 10, 2017
Peoria, IL, USA
From May 9th to May 10th the Greater Peoria Partnership hosted an EAIC Familiarization Tour in Peoria, IL.
After welcome remarks by Jennifer Daly, CEO of the Greater Peoria Partnership and President and CEO of the EAIC, Matthias Beier, Advisory Council Members Florian Stamm (SGR), Chat Phillips (Navigator Consulting), Werner Beermann (Gray Construction) and Aryan Zandieh (Germany's Federal State of Niedersachsen) shared their experience on European FDI in the U.S. Besides that Erik Brejla (IL Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity), James Foley (IL SBDC International Trade Center), Patrick Peonnet (SCSI, LLC) and Eric Nieukirk (Caterpillar) gave important insights in the assets of Illinois for FDI attraction.
Through company tours at Caterpillar, Autonomous Stuff and Jump Trade, EAIC could learn more about the region which will be useful for supporting European companies to find a location in the U.S. We very much appreciate the event sponsorship by Ameren Illinois.
April 23 - 28, 2017
Germany and Switzerland
From April 23rd to 28th the EAIC went on its second FDI mission in 2017. It was a busy and productive week that led six of our members to the Hannover Messe, Switzerland and further meetings in southern Germany. Throughout the course of the week we met with a wide variety of companies that are all looking into business expansion in the United States and multipliers that expand our outreach to Swiss and German companies. In Zurich we were welcomed to a private investment Luncheon by U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Tara Erath at the prestigious Trade Guild Haus zum Rüden in the heart of Zurich. The Luncheon was accompanied by selected Swiss companies that are planning investments in the United States.
April 28, 2017
During our second FDI Consultant Forum of 2017 we introduced our new Advisory Council Member Charlotte Nytoft who supports Scandinavian companies on their way to the U.S. and gave all participants valuable insights into Scandinavian companies already doing business in the United States.
Furthermore Advisory Council members Dr. Ullrich Kaemmerer and Sebastian Eich presented six recent projects from different industries in detail and outlined the main drivers of the companies' decisions.
March 20 - 21, 2017
Oklahoma City, OK, USA
From March 20th to March 21st the Oklahoma Department of Commerce hosted an EAIC Familiarization Tour in Oklahoma City.
After welcome remarks by the Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce, Deby Snodgrass and President and CEO of the EAIC, Matthias Beier, Advisory Council Members Florian Stamm (SGR), James Blair (Navigator Consulting) and Ullrich Kaemmerer (Roedl USA) shared their experience on European FDI in the U.S. and their ideas for a joint FDI strategy for Oklahoma. All participants had the opportunity to set up individual meetings with our Advisory Council Members.
On a site visit in Norman County and a tour at the Weather Cluster of the Oklahoma University, EAIC could learn more about the region which will be useful for supporting European companies to find a location in the United States.
March 3, 2017
In March we held the first EAIC FDI Consultant Forum of 2017 in Munich, Germany. We gathered Member Communities and FDI experts, who are involved in the transatlantic lead generation and site selection process. The idea was to share experiences from past projects in, to discuss all issues regarding the recruitment and most important criteria to attract European companies. Typical European requirements for SPEC buildings and criteria for RFIs were focussed in our discussion. Future plans of the EAIC include events in the U.S. and Europe. Due to concerns raised by representatives of the companies that were visited during the FDI Trip to Italy and Germany regarding the new U.S. administration results of potential tax reforms were extensively discussed. Advisory Council Member Ullrich Kaemmerer gave insights into the political and organizational structure of the European Union and its potential to retaliate against possible U.S. non-tariff barriers to trade by fiscal means.
February 26 - March 3, 2017
Italy and Germany
From February 26th to March 3rd the EAIC Delegation Trip to Italy and Germany has led five of our Members to six companies, five multipliers and a wide variety of FDI stakeholders in Northern Italy and the South of Germany. The networking event in Munich drew about 40 participants, among them local companies interested in the U.S., and was followed by an FDI Consultant Forum (more information below). Besides company visits at various Italian and German companies that are planning on expanding business in the U.S. by opening production sites in the U.S., the group had the opportunity to get familiar with the Italian and German chamber system and its contacts for U.S.-oriented companies.
December 16, 2016
On December 16th a delegation of EAIC Community and Corporate Members joined the final Transatlantic Business Conference of 2016 to stay up to date on European business trends. The event was hosted by the Cologne Chamber of Commerce (IHK zu Köln) and opened by the honorable U.S. Consul General Michael R. Keller.
The event was attended by around 70 guests comprising a diverse audience of German companies, FDI specialists and Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) from the United States.
The next TAB Conference will take place in Munich on March 3rd 2017.
December 16, 2016
On December 16 the EAIC FDI Consultant Forum in Cologne, Germany, brought together Member Communities and FDI experts, who are involved in the transatlantic lead generation and site selection process. The idea was to share experiences from projects in 2016, to discuss all issues regarding the recruitment and most important criteria to attract European companies. Typically European requirements for SPEC buildings, workforce and site visits were focussed in our discussion. Future plans of the EAIC include events in the U.S. and Europe and the introduction of an EAIC Certification for Member Communities. Since this certification will not be another site certification, but rather a marketing tool and a useful test for "European FDI Readiness", the EAIC sets up a Member Committee, to decide about structure, indicators and volume. Therefore every interested Member Community is asked to express interest in joining our Committee by contacting us.
December 12 - 16, 2016
From December 12 to 16 the EAIC Delegation Trip to Germany has led seven of our members to companies, multipliers and FDI stakeholders in Frankfurt, Wolfsburg, Hannover, Hamburg and Berlin. The networking event in Cologne drew about 60 participants, among them local companies interested in the U.S., and was followed by an FDI Consultant Forum. Besides company visits at Volkswagen and Lufthansa Technik, the group had the opportunity to get familiar with the German chamber system and its contacts for U.S.-oriented companies. They were invited by the U.S. Embassy in Germany to meet FDI experts of the U.S. Commercial Service.