GA Trade July-Aug 2014 - page 21

S P O T L I G H T S
G
erman-American business
relations have been growing
dynamically over the last years,
and both trade and investment are
on the rise. German companies in
the U.S. are profiting from a favor-
able investment climate and continue
to excel due to their innovative
expertise, their unique services, and
their rolemodel status with respect
to skilledworkforce development.
OnMay 2, GACCMidwest presented
the prestigiousMERLINAward to
three winners for their outstanding
contribution to German-American
business in these core categories.
Outstanding Innovation –
Sustainable Sediment
Management
Just as GACCMidwest is always
working to foster innovation, so is
DB Sediments GmbH, winner of the
2014MERLINAward for Outstanding
Innovator. DB Sediments is an
environmental technology firm
focused onwater and innovation,
especiallywith regard to the crucial
role of water in theWater-Energy-
Food Nexus and the storage of water.
With their vision for sustainability,
DB Sediments developed the innova-
tive ConSed Trans-Method enabling
a sustainable use of water as
drinkingwater, irrigationwater, and
for hydropower generation, which
keeps the eco-system in balance at
the same time. Given its potential
for global development in the
critically important water sector, this
innovative approach has already
attracted global attention, e.g. from
theWorld Bank.
Outstanding Service –
Consulting for Sustainable
Building Solutions
The German-American business
community could not work as
MERLINAwards Gala 2014
Celebrating Transatlantic Excellence
in Innovation, Service, and Education
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