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International Activities

The following information gives an overview about the international activities in North Rhine-Westphalia with regards to subsidies and promotions that are of interest for the mechanical engineering industry.

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Small Group Promotion by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Small and medium-sized enterprises from North Rhine-Westphalia that would like to exhibit together at a foreign trade fair of their choice can combine to form a group of at least three companies and receive financial support from the small group promotion programme.

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Foreign Trade Fairs

Trade fairs are very important in terms of international marketing. The high costs make it particularly important to choose the right fairs to present your company and its products.

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Useful Links and International Contacts

The work done by VDMA NRW and the ProduktionNRW cluster gives them contact with many clusters in other countries. These may involve many different situations and fields of activity. The common thread is their interest in international contact and cooperation in the area of investment goods.

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Industry Dates

7 June 2018: Metal Meets 2.0, Oberhausen

Dutch metal suppliers combine reliability and flexibilty as well as technical knowhow. The free business matchmaking event is a chance to get in touch with metalworkgin companies based in The Netherlands. The event is being organized by psps consultants, who are partner of the Dutch foreign trade promotion.


11 thru 13 June 2018: 4. German-Chinese SME Conference, Jieyang (China)

Environmental technologies, galvanic industry, automation and b2b matchmaking are in the spotlight of this conference. The strategies „Made in China 2025“, „Industrie 4.0“ and „One Belt, One Road“ are the framework for new cooperations. The association of metal enterprises Jieyang takes over all costs on site. The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the Guangdong Province, the city of Jieyang and the association of metal enterprises are organizing the event.


19 June 2018: Information Event on Delegation Trip to Argentinia, Dusseldorf

A current study claims Buenos Aires to be the most “intelligent” city of Latin America. There is a huge potential for innovative solutions in the areas of housing technology, recycling, energy efficiency and electromobility. The delegation trip that is being organized by NRW.International offers the chance to meet decision makers and important stakeholders in Argentina from 24 thru 28 September 2018. The event on 19 June gives some information on this delegation trip.


20 and 21 June 2018: Aachener ERP-Tage 2018: Digital Transformation – Quick Data-Based Decisions, Aachen

The main topics of the event are „Digital Transformation in Production Management“ and „Best Practices of the digital Transformation“. Key-note speeches of industry and research, startup-pitches, panel discussions and a showcase area are also part of the program. Renowned software companies present ERP, MES and related solutions in an exhibitor forum.


5 and 6 July 2018: BMBF-Innovation Forum Interactive, Essen

The forum “Innovation Interactive!“ presents a new network structure for SME, to successfully develop innovations. During the forum participants can develop their own strategies and innovations while discussing them with scientists, experts and selected companies. The project is free of charge for participants and is being organized by Coreen R&D GmbH with the support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


16 thru 18 October 2018: IoT Solution World Congress, Barcelona (Spain)

The congress is a leading event in the field of IoT. This year’s focus lies on Manufacturing, Energy, Healthcare, Buildings and Infrastructure, Open Industry und Enabling IoT. The event is being organized by FIRA Barcelona./p>