Newsletter September 2011

Cover Story - German American Trade: "Bridging the Knowledge Gap"

In 2010, 14% of leading U.S. companies reported difficulties in recruiting essential staff. In 2011, that number has risen to 52% according to a recent survey by ManpowerGroup, a major provider of workforce solutions. The manufacturing sector especially has been hit hard by a mismatch between workforce skills and jobs available. With roughly 14 million Americans currently unemployed, the number of available job openings has increased from 98,000 in 2009 to 230,000 today. Unfortunately, there is a knowledge gap between those unemployed and the education and skills that manufacturing firms require today.

Read how the German subsidiaries of Siemens, Volkswagen and Bosch tackle skill shortages in the U.S. 

Transatlantic Ticker

+++++ Apple’s newest iPhone on pre-order with T-Mobile in Germany +++++ AT&T, T-Mobile pledge to bring 5,000 jobs to US +++++ Judge overturns $1.3bn award for Oracle +++++ U.S. files antitrust complaint to block AT&T, T-Mobile merger +++++ German wind project developer enters U.S. wind market +++++ Volkswagen lodges MAN bid +++++ German agencies banned from using Facebook, 'like' button +++++ Solar Millennium sinks after switching technology at largest solar plant +++++ Losses at new steel plants hit ThyssenKrupp +++++ What the financial crisis means for Germany +++++ 2 new German wind farms to be funded by Blackstone +++++ Commission clears acquisition of German crane manufacturer Demag by US industrial group Terex +++++

NEW! The FlipBook Membership Directory
of the German American Chambers of Commerce

This new digital publication is more than just a simple PDF version of the printed directory. It comes with all the advantages of search, zoom, hot linking and other interactive features that are unavailable to readers of printed versions.

Quickly search among 2,000 listed firms for specific contacts, pull up lists by state or industry categories and scan through the premium profiles with detailed company descriptions.

  • Order online (online access $55 or CD $65) or, if you prefer the print version ($80), order your Membership Directory here!

GACC Members get FREE ACCESS with member login! If you have further questions please send an email to

September 22, 2011 | New Member Reception

We would like you to meet our new members who joined the network of the German American Chamber of Commerce, New York during the last year. Come and connect with our new arrivals, meet long-time members, as well as staff of the German American Chamber of Commerce.

Join us at
Duravit NYC
105 Madison Avenue
(btw. 29th and 30th Street)
New York, NY 10016

on Thursday, September 22, 2011
5.30 - 7.30pm

This event is free of charge. Space is limited. Please RSVP by following the registration button below by September 16th! For further information, please contact Anne Wittig at

October 16–18, 2011 | 5th Transatlantic Market Conference – Transatlantic Cooperation for Growth and Security

The German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. supports this two-day conference, organized by the Dräger Foundation, together with DIN, the German Institute for Standardization, the German American Business Council (GABC), and the Sigram Schindler Foundation in Berlin. 

October 16 – 18, 2011

Convention Center
Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C.

This year’s conference will focus on IT security, intellectual property rights and cyber security.

On behalf of the organizers, we cordially invite you to this conference - high-ranking German, European and American representatives from politics, business, the associations, international organizations and the scientific world are expected to attend.

October 18, 2011 | German American Offshore Wind Conference; Jersey City, NJ

With the goal of cementing the cooperation between Germany and the US in the growing offshore wind industry, the German American Chamber of Commerce in New York (GACC) will be holding the German American Offshore Wind Conference at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ beginning at 9:00am on October 18th.  The event is free to attend and is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).

This conference will feature some of the most influential players in the industry today, including Siemens Energy’s Offshore Wind Americas Group, which has agreed to supply 130 offshore turbines to Cape Wind.  Participants will also hear from Peter Mandelstam, the President of NRG Bluewater Wind, which has projects under development in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York.  Kris Ohleth, the Director of Permitting at the Atlantic Wind Connection will outline the project that will place a backbone transmission cable off the coast of the Mid-Atlantic to provide the infrastructure needed to build a reliable wind energy network.

The complete agenda and registration is available on the GACC website at:

For more information, please contact Matthew Allen at or 212-974-8856.

November 3-4, 2011 | UN Procurement Seminar, New York

Business Opportunities at the United Nations

Date: November 3-4, 2011

Venue: The Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations (German Mission), New York

As the worldwide biggest buyer, the United Nations (UN) procured goods and services in the amount of almost US$ 14 billion in 2009.

Unaffected by the economic situation, the UN procurement volume more than doubled in the past five years.

As German suppliers are still under-represented, use this opportunity to learn more about UN procurement directly at the United Nation's main location in New York.

Furthermore, during the seminar, you will have the unique chance for one-on-one meetings with UN buyers. Please register by September 30, 2011 to be considered for these meetings.

This seminar is organized particularly for German companies. It is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

November 10, 2011 | Martinsgans-Dinner 2011 | Save the Date

After last year’s tremendous success, the GACC will be hosting another Martinsgans-Dinner this fall. Our approximately 150 guests will experience a unique evening in a warm ambiance featuring the traditional German roast goose dish, German wines, and entertainment. The Manhattan Penthouse, located on 5th Ave/14thStreet, offers phenomenal views from Wall Street to the Empire State Building, from Brooklyn to the Hudson River. A great event begins with great company – we would like to welcome you and your guests to make this event a memorable night.  

Save the Date!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Invitations will be sent out soon.

We look forward to your support and to another great evening. To highlight your company at this special occasion, please have a look at the sponsorship opportunities.

How We Sink: Navigating Cultural Differences to Keep Your Business Afloat


Your country tour, Part 1

It is time to teach you about the various regions of the United States and what you need to know culturally for each one. Much like you shouldn’t ask for potato salad without mayonnaise when you’re at a business lunch in Hamburg, there are certain tips and tricks you should know if you’re in New York, Dallas or Seattle.

This is part one of our five-part series on the regions of the United States. Please feel free to add your own experiences in our comments section, as it will help us all learn! That and we have a word limit, so we can’t include everything [...]

Productronica 2011

November 15 – 18, 2011 at the New Munich Trade Fair Center

productronica 2011 is the leading trade fair for innovative electronics production and will be the gathering-point for top-tier professionals and specialists from all over the world.

More than 1,200 international exhibitors will present their innovations and products on more than 830,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space to an expected number of 30,000 attendees, focusing on the following highlights:

  • Battery/energy-storage manufacturing and power electronics
  • Efficient production management
  • Electronic manufacturing services
  • Organic and printed electronics

Don't miss this unique networking opportunity to meet potential clients and new business partners in the most professional way.

These highlighted topics will also be a big part of the supporting program.

Get your tickets online.

You can get a free day-pass by subscribing to the productronica newsletter.

Special offer to our US attendees!!!

For our U.S. attendees we are offering a special Match-Making Service this year.
Our Match-Making Service will help you make the most out of your visit to productronica 2011 by proposing to you and arranging business meetings with exhibitors from the countries of your choice that fit best your company's interest. 

Questions? Please contact Ms. Sabrina Weimer, PH: 646-437 1016, E:


Essen Trade Fairs

Leipzig Trade Fairs

Munich Trade Fairs

September 23-24, 2011
START - Start-ups, Franchising, Entrepreneurs

September 26-28, 2011 
IPM Dubai - Plants Expo - Middle East - Dubai

September 26-28, 2011
World of Perishables - Middle East - Dubai

September 30-October 3, 2011
MULTIFESTVAL for the Entire Family – Art, Culture and Education

October 8-9, 2011
Euroteddy - Teddy Bears and Steif Animals

October 18-21, 2011
Brazil Welding Show  Sao Paulo

October 20-23, 2011
Spiel – Game Forum with Comics

September 27-29, 2011

October 12-14, 2011
12th Fair for Building Systems, Electrical Engineering, Air Conditioning and Automation

October 12-14, 2011
Exhibition for Sanitation, Heating, Air-Conditioning and Building Automation

September 13-16, 2011
electronica India 2011
Bangalore, India

September 13-16, 2011
productronica India 2011
Bangalore, India

September 25-20, 2011
Munich, Germany

October 4-6, 2011
Munich, Germany

October 12-14, 2011
analytica India
Mumbai, India

October 13-16, 2011
Munich, Germany

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Upcoming Events

13.09.2011 - New York
Roundtable Luncheon - German/US Cross Border Tax and Estate Planning

22.09.2011 - Manhattan, NY
New Member Reception @Duravit

06.10.2011 - New York, NY
European Chambers Fall Networking Event 2011

16.10.2011 - Washington, D.C.
5th Transatlantic Market Conference – Transatlantic Cooperation for Growth and Security

18.10.2011 - Liberty Science Center - Jersey City, NJ
German American Offshore Wind Conference

03.11.2011 - The Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations
UN Procurement Seminar, New York | November 3/4

10.11.2011 - Manhattan, NY

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by Heiko Sakurai