Wisconsin Trade Delegation to Advance Business Relationships at Hannover Messe

February 18, 2016

Katy Sinnott, Vice President, International Business Development, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

 As the world’s largest industrial trade show, Hannover Messe offers an attractive opportunity for Wisconsin companies to build upon a strong foundation of bilateral trade between our state and Germany. For this reason, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is hosting a trade venture to Germany to correspond with Hannover Messe 2016.

Show floor

The world’s leading show for industrial technology highlights innovations and groundbreaking solutions in all the core sectors – i.e. industrial automation and IT, energy and environmental technology, industrial supply, production engineering and services, as well as research and development.

WEDC’s German trade venture recognizes and leverages the powerful cultural and business relationship between Wisconsin and Germany, our sixth largest export destination. During the first three quarters of 2015, $539 million worth of Wisconsin goods were shipped to Germany. In that same period, Wisconsin directly imported $942 million worth of German products.

With the United States serving as an official partner at this year’s event, we will take advantage of the increased visibility of the U.S.A. pavilion affords us to promote our global manufacturing leadership. Industry representatives and business leaders that comprise our delegation will help draw attention to Wisconsin’s innovative technologies, reliable and adaptable supply chain, production quality, sustainable practices and specialized materials capabilities. We will also showcase Wisconsin’s unique industry strengths in bioscience; water technology; energy, power and control; and aerospace manufacturing.

Nate Leiteritz, General Manager of Automation at Miller Electric Mfg. Co., looks forward to the trade venture, specifically the audience that Hannover Messe will provide for his company’s message. “Miller is excited to participate in the Hannover Messe Fair as part of the U.S. and Wisconsin trade delegations to demonstrate how our automated welding equipment and Insight Centerpoint™ software offer exclusive features to enable Germany’s implementation of the current industrial revolution, known as Industrie 4.0,” said Leiteritz. Miller Electric Mfg. Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW), manufactures arc welding and cutting equipment for manufacturing, construction, aviation, and other applications.

Other companies participating in Wisconsin’s delegation include the following:

 American Exchange Services, Inc.—designer and fabricator for large heat transfer equipment used in power generation, process, and pulp and paper industries.

Eagle Technology, Inc.—developer and marketer of software and consulting services for building maintenance and tracking of assets, maintenance activity, schedules, personnel, and inventory.

Gaskets, Inc.manufacturer of high performance seals/gaskets, expansion joints and safety clothing material.

Matthews International DBA Lightning Pickmanufacturer of automated pick-to-light, put-to-light, pack-to-light, batch picking carts, and other paperless picking, kitting, assembly and sortation systems.

Pivot Point Inc.—manufacturer of patented and non-patented non-threaded fastening solutions, including clevis Pins, cotter Pins, quick release pins, wire rope lanyards, and others.

Additional firms are expected to join the Wisconsin delegation.

To learn more about Wisconsin’s manufacturing capabilities and the delegation we will be bringing to German in April, please feel free to contact me.


Katy Sinnott
Vice President, International Business Development
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

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