Newsletter June 2017


GACC Annual Meeting in New York Highlights Continued Successes

This year's German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) annual meeting was characterized by an upbeat and positive atmosphere due in great part to the continued successes of ongoing GACC programs which have proved highly effective and relevant for the German-American business community. 

Caroll H. Neubauer, Chairman of the German American Chambers of Commerce, welcomed board members to the meeting on May 5, at the Deutsche Bank building on Wall Street.

In line with the GACC NY's 70th anniversary this year, Mr. Neubauer stressed the ongoing importance and growth of the Chamber. He noted that this is exemplified by the respective GACC member events and activities which continue to exceed expectations.

Three new board members were elected at the meeting: Volker Baer, CEO Würth North America; Andreas Fibig, Chairman & CEO, International Flavors & Fragrances and Daniel Mahler, Partner & Head of Americas, A.T. Kearney. Each of them were commended for their dedicated support of the German-American business community. 

German-American Business Forum Slated for June 22 in Düsseldorf

The 4th annual German-American Business Forum will kick off on June 22 in Düsseldorf, with more than 250 representatives of German companies seeking to establish businesses in the U.S. In cooperation with the German American Chambers of Commerce (AHK USA), the forum offers valuable insights, guidelines and consulting services for German companies entering the U.S. market.

Given current developments in the world economy, the Business Forum will offer insightful workshops and panel discussions that address transatlantic trade, sales strategies, legal issues and energy developments.

GACC Initiates Dual Apprenticeship Program with New Jersey Institute of Technology

First class of apprentices in the New Jersey Mechaforce program.

The State of New Jersey inaugurated its “MechaFORCE” dual education training program with the first six registered apprentices in May.  The German American Chamber of Commerce has advised the program leaders and supported the program's development since its inception a few years ago.  Now, with the support of state and federal backers and with ApprenticeshipUSA, New Jersey is pioneering new best practices in education.

Through a unique cooperation among New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Thomas Edison State University, and community colleges throughout the state, the MechaFORCE M-RIM (Registered Internship Manufacturing program) provides the targeted training that New Jersey employers need as well as the education and credentials that provide students with sustainable career paths.  This achievement was reinforced during a recent visit by GACC NY representatives Dietmar Rieg and Matthew Allen to NJIT to further discuss the program.

This May, M-RIM Manager Sally Nadler welcomed the first MechaFORCE class at their advanced manufacturing host, Norwalt Design, Inc. in Randolph, NJ.  As the program ramps up to support more companies, the organizers continue to discuss their strategy and learn from other impactful examples of dual education.  As a program affiliate, the GACC will support Dr. Gale Spak, Associate Vice President of Continuing Professional Education at NJIT, in meeting German training hosts in Berlin, where she will  present MechaFORCE to the International Conference on New Horizons in Education this July.

For more information on dual education training and the applications of the German model in the U.S., please contact GACC Director of HR & Operations, Matthew Allen, at

GACC Welcomes Delegation from the State of Thüringen to the USA

The delegation from Thüringen listens to a presentation from URBAN-X in Brooklyn.

An economic delegation from the State of Thüringen spent seven days in the U.S. visiting American and German companies/organizations that lead the way in promoting innovation and dual apprenticeship success.

The first destination on the itinerary was Detroit, which included a tour and meetings at Ford Motor headquarters and the Ford Rouge Factory. Next was Chicago, for  tours of MHub, an innovation center for physical development and manufacturing, and DMDII (Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute.) From there the group flew to South Carolina to experience the BMW Manufacturing operations in Spartanburg.

Finally it was off to NYC, where GACC NY President & CEO Dietmar Rieg led a discussion on the Transatlantic Interface in Automotive, Manufacturing and Startups. The group also headed to Brooklyn to visit URBAN-X, the venture accelerator by BMW's Mini. 

GACC NY Hosts Private Roundtable Discussion with Germany's State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Energy

Matthias Machnig

The current U.S. administration's position on transatlantic trade is making headlines around the globe: Border tax adjustments, bilateralism, reciprocity, trade deficits and tariff increases are among the controversial topics being addressed.  

What are the ramifications for trade nations like Germany, which counts the U.S. as its top trade destination? Does TTIP still have a future? 

These themes were the focus of an exclusive GACC NY roundtable discussion with Matthias Machnig, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Mr. Machnig graciously took time from his U.S. meetings agenda to stop by the GACC NYC office and engage in candid conversations with about 15 GACC business members.  He was quite direct and forthcoming on the enormous challenges facing Germany and its EU partners in dealing with the U.S on trade policy. 

Given this context, Mr. Machnig stressed how vital it is that the GACC's take every opportunity to promote the importance of German-American economic ties and clear up any misconceptions regarding German trade surpluses.

GACC On Hand for A.T. Kearney Presentation in NYC on Current U.S. Trade Policy

The U.S. has started the clock on renegotiation of NAFTA and, with the threat of a possible American treaty exit looming over the horizon, the uncertain future of U.S. trade policy remains front and center in the minds of global business and governmental leaders. Their anxiety has been compounded by recent measures taken by the Administration against the Canadian softwood lumber industry which demonstrate the extent of the new trade negotiations.

Against this backdrop, potential U.S. policy changes are causing major concern in some commercial circles and cautious optimism in others while remaining a constant source of confusion and uncertainty in nearly all. To better understand the evolving trade landscape, the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) recently met at the New York offices of A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm, to discuss U.S. trade policy and its future direction. 

In the current mercurial policy environment, all businesses engaged in trade – whether global companies doing business with America or American firms doing business abroad – need to understand the range of potential changes they may face and their implications for themselves, their competition, and their markets. This understanding is the cornerstone for developing the range of potential response strategies needed to successfully prepare for whatever U.S. trade policy finally emerges. 

At the meeting with the GACC, A.T. Kearney presented their research – based on internal scenario planning and extensive interviews with leading trade experts – on the five most plausible outcomes for the future of trade policy. A.T. Kearney also provided recommendations for how to take the key steps needed to begin strategic planning to address each scenario. A highly engaged and fruitful discussion was held, with participants representing industries ranging from finance to manufacturing, helping further understand the implications for trade, Germany, and businesses both large and small.

For more information or to schedule a briefing, please contact Johan Gott at

Celebrating 70 Years of the GACC NY!

Another witty infographic from a 1960's edition of the German American Trade magazine!

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GACC members are constantly striving to tackle today's business challenges, such as innovation and changing customers' needs, and do so with enthusiasm and excellence. For the first time, we will additionally honor excellence in digitalization.

The GACC Awards presented at the GACC Awards Gala on October 13th in Chicago, IL by the German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs) honor and celebrate outstanding achievements in German-American business. Award applications for this year's GACC Awards are now open. Apply or nominate a company today!

The 2017 award categories are:

• New for 2017!
Excellence in Digitalization Award, highlighting and honoring GACC members with digital success stories.

Excellence in Innovation Award, highlighting and honoring the development of innovative ideas in the German-American business community.

Excellence in Services Award, honoring GACC members that have demonstrated excellence in delivering value and quality to the German-American business community through their services.

    Applications close July 31, 2017. Please visit our GACC Awards Gala website for award eligibility information and FAQs. For any other questions, contact Kirsten Schmandt at

    New CRM System Goes Live

    The Membership & Events team is thrilled that its new member database has gone live. Known as ChamberMaster, this database simplifies and enriches the online experience of our members by providing new opportunities to grow and interact within the GACC business network. Membership provides exclusive access to specialized tools for organization promotion via the new Member Information Center (MIC).

    Key features of ChamberMaster include ease of event registration and a more convenient membership renewal process.

    For questions about ChamberMaster, please contact Valerie Anderson at 

    CEO of Club GLOBALS Eager to Join STEP NYC

    Berlin-based digital startup Club GLOBALS will join STEP NYC this September. The company describes itself as a platform for digital nomads & globals entrepreneurs. "We make international life easier by connecting you with recommended service providers online and at events".  

    Our GACC NY colleague Andrea Diewald recently caught up with Club GLOBALS CEO Mario Paladini at Tegel Airport, where he expressed his enthusiasm about being a part of STEP. Check out this link to view their airport encounter!

    German Startup KISI Receives Award at World Trade Week

    From left: Max Schuetz, Dietmar Rieg and Bernhard Mehl.

    This year’s World Trade Week honored the German startup, KISI, with its Small Business Global Trade Award.  Kisi’s Co-Founders, Bernhard Mehl and Max Schuetz, accepted the award at the WTW International Trade Awards Breakfast on May 8, in NYC. The event celebrated the achievements of multiple dynamic international businesses located in New York City and included a Keynote presentation from the President, Chairman & CEO of the Global Futures Group, Jerry Hultin.

    Kisi was founded in 2012 by Bernhard Mehl, Max Schuetz and Carl Pfeiffer in Munich, Germany. The trio moved to New York in 2013 to participate in TechCrunch Disrupt and went on to win NYC's Next Big Idea Competition. They eventually moved their headquarters to the New Lab facility at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Since then the Kisi team has been busy devising innovative solutions for cloud-based key management and mobile access control.  They continue to offer the most dynamic new technology and robust hardware, including highly rated apps for the most advanced smartphones and control devices compatible with all commercial grade electronic locks.

    GACC NY Participates in American Heart Association's Annual Wall Street Run & Heart Walk

    Several members of the GACC NY office participated in this year's Wall Street Run & Heart Walk which took place on a three-mile stretch through the heart of NYC's Financial District. More than 5,000 people participated, representing an array of companies, large and small. Registration fees/donations support the American Heart Association.  To date, the AHA has received approximately $2,000,000 in donations.

    Annual Asparagus Dinner Remains as Popular as Ever!

    Continuing with what has become a very popular tradition, the GACC NY hosted its annual Asparagus Dinner on a balmy NYC evening with an enthusiastic crowd of more than 340 member guests. This year's dinner took on special meaning, as it was an occasion to celebrate 70 years of the GACC being established in the U.S. - New York City to be more specific!  

    The event kicked off on May 17 with a festive cocktail reception at Tribeca Rooftop. Guests eventually made their way to the inside dining area to feast on fresh German asparagus prepared to perfection in a variety of  creative ways.

    Dietmar Rieg, President & CEO of GACC NY greeted guests and treated them to a clever and informative video highlighting the successful services the GACC has provided for the German American community in the U.S throughout the years. 

    Caroll. H. Neubauer, Chairman of the German American Chambers of Commerce, provided a recap of recent GACC NY accomplishments. He stressed how important and relevant the GACC efforts are in maintaining good U.S.- German business relations, particularly in current times.

    Click here for more images of the event


    The German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) New York supports companies in actively recruiting skilled and multilingual personnel through as well as applicants in finding permanent employment or internships in the U.S. through posted job advertisements. We specialize in German- and English- speaking candidates who are eligible to work in the U.S. 

    The GACC currently is looking for:

    • Intern for our Legal Services department

    • Interns for our Events & Communications department in SF

    • Intern for Germany Trade & Invest  

    Our clients are looking for:

    • Attorneys, fluent in German

    • Field Service Technician 

    The listings can be found on Add your resume to our Talent Network by sending us an email to

    The German American Chamber of Commerce is also an official sponsor for J-1 visas in the categories of "Intern" and "Trainees" and can help you in obtaining your J-1 visa. Please contact us at and visit our website at


    Photo: Courtesy of HERBARIA

    HERBARIA, a novel new approach to organic seasoning, is now available in the U.S. This culinary assistant is available in aesthetically pleasing tins that contain 10 -20 different herbs, spices, dehydrated fruits/vegetables carefully blended to enhance any meal.  With selections such as Treasures of the Caribbean, you'll be transported to exotic destinations via your home made meals seasoned with HERBARIA!

    Please check out for member discount, and visit HERBARIA at the Fancy Food Show in NYC at the German Pavillion booth #3203, June 25-27.

     For more information, visit the GACC NY Member2Member site


    IFAT Show Set for September in Johannesburg

    After a successful premiere of IFAT Africa and its Environmental Technology Forum in 2015, the show will return to Johannesburg from September 12 to 14, 2017. The show’s range has expanded to now encompass all segments which are also offered by its parent trade show, IFAT, Munich in Germany: water, sewage, refuse and recycling.  Taking place on more than 48,400 sq. ft. of exhibition space, new trends will be presented and a high-class forum program will cover interesting technical and scientific topics. Last year’s show boasted 2,273 visitors and 116 exhibitors from over 38 countries. That's a  promising perspective for this year’s IFAT Africa, which will reinforce Africa’s steady growth in the rapidly emerging waste and recycling industry. 

    Please click on these links for more information about IFAT Africa as well as the entire IFAT exhibition network.

    Schweissen & Schneiden Kicks Off in Düsseldorf this September

    SCHWEISSEN & SCHNEIDEN 2017 will open its doors September 25-29, 2017 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The leading welding trade show for joining, cutting and surfacing will have a guest appearance in Düsseldorf, while Messe Essen is remodeling to become one of the most modern, state-of-the-art exhibition complexes in Germany.

    New trends in welding technology will be presented along with events such as the young welders competition, the DVS robot welding competition and the DVS CONGRESS. American companies can profit not only from two exhibition halls (10&11) mainly dedicated to U.S. companies, but also from a large U.S. pavilion offering extensive services like booth space, construction and refreshments . 

    With 1,011 exhibitors from 40 countries, 54,497 visitors from 130 countries in 2013, SCHWEISSEN & SCHNEIDEN 2017 promises to be a repeat major success!

    Click here for more information on SCHWEISSEN & SCHNEIDEN.

    Upcoming Trade Shows

    Essen Trade Fairs

    Munich Trade Fairs

    June 27 - 30
    Beijing Essen Welding & Cutting

    September 25 - 29
    Schweissen & Schneiden
    as guest in Düsseldorf

    June 26 - 29
    Laser world of Photonics 2017

    November 14 - 17
    productronica 2017

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