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    May 10, 2016

    During the last week of April, the EACC participated in HANNOVER MESSE, the largest industrial trade show in the world, and one of the premier event platforms to spark international business opportunities. 

    This year, the United States was the partner country, bringing the largest number of U.S. exhibitors, visitors and representatives from U.S. states and regions. The 200,000 participants also marked the fair's highest attendance. Additionally, the jam-packed 27 exhibition halls revealed innovative breakthroughs in Industry 4.0, and the forum sparked dialogue for future development and collaborations. 

    The EACC delegation consisted of Anne Cappel, EACC Executive Director; Kai Bitter, Attorney at Frost Brown Todd and member of the EACC Austrian-Swiss-German (ASG) Committee; and Chad Martin, CPA at Barnes Dennig and Chair of the ASG Committee. The delegation joined the REDI Cincinnati team in leading the Southwest Ohio delegation with additional partners UC College of Engineering and UCRI.

    The EACC's main goals were to conduct retention visits with the ownership/leadership of existing European investors in Greater Cincinnati and to further expand partnerships with companies and organizations from Finland as it relates to business attraction opportunities. Specifically, the delegation visited existing European investments in the Greater Cincinnati region, including Balluff, HBC-radiomatic and Bonfiglioli.   

    Working with EACC partner Nordic Industries Development, the delegation was also introduced to the delegation of Finnish companies exhibiting at the fair and its organizers FIMECC, the Finnish Metals and Engineering Competence Clusters. Several of the Finnish companies have expansion plans in the U.S. market, and these meetings will lead to their visit to the Greater Cincinnati region in the months to come.  

    The EACC would like to thank REDI Cincinnati for planning and leading such a collaborative effort on behalf of the region. Now that the delegation is back in Cincinnati, the real work begins following up on all of the leads and facilitating wins for both the region and the companies involved.

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