Go West: Leverage the growth potential in the US market

Strategic investing and successful project execution in the US

28th March 2019 in Heidelberg

We cordially invite you to our Customer Day Go West. On 28.03.2019 top-class speakers from world market leaders will present their recipes for success for investments in the USA. Together with the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC), opportunities, risks and optimal approaches will be presented and discussed.

The United States is still Germany's most important trading partner outside the European Union. It offers considerable prospects for more growth. In addition to the higher economic growth in the USA compared to the euro zone, there is a huge sales market for products "Made in Germany".

At the same time, however, protectionist measures by the current US government, trade conflicts and higher administrative hurdles are leading to considerable uncertainty. For globally operating companies, the question arises as to whether investments should currently be made in the USA and, if so, what is the best approach.

With this event we would like to support you and show you ways how to invest strategically and successfully in the USA. Global market leaders from various industries will present, for example, their rollout strategies and success-decisive criteria. Discuss with the speakers from BMW, Rolls Royce Power Systems, ADM Wild and Belimo Automation to develop a tailor-made strategy for your company.

First-hand expertise - German American Chamber of Commerce

We are also very pleased about the active participation of the German American Chamber of Commerce in this exciting event. Dietmar Rieg, President and CEO of the GACC, will report on the current economic situation in the USA and its impact on German companies. Take advantage of the comprehensive expertise of the German-American Chamber of Commerce in all questions concerning the expansion of your business activities in the USA.

During the concluding panel discussion, moderated by Mr. Rieg, you will have the opportunity to discuss your questions and challenges with the experts present. In addition, you will have plenty of time between the sessions for a personal exchange with the experts.

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From 9.00 am Get-Together with breakfast

9.45 am Start of lectures

Welcome and introduction by Thomas Kilimann, CEO/Partner io-consultants

10.00 am
„Global Parts Logistics – successful roll-out of a global SAP and Logistics Project“ Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG, Berthold Steber, Director Global Parts Logistics

10.45 am
„Working in and with global American companies in the food industry“
ADM Wild Europe GmbH & Co. KG, Guido Reichow, Senior Supply Chain Manager, WFSI – ADM Nutrition

11.30 am Coffee break

12.00 pm
„German Business and the US Economy“ German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc, Dietmar Rieg, CEO & President

12.45 pm Lunch

2.00 pm
„How to benefit sustainably from targeted investments during a downturn phase – automation in a production and distribution context." Belimo Automation AG, Andi Wethli, Head Customizing & Distribution Division

2.45 pm
„10 North American Distribution Centers in a global context. Think global, act local.“ BMW Group, Martin Barth, Head of Steering Material Flow in Asia & America

3.30 pm
Panel Discussion with speakers: Challenges, opportunities, strategies

Moderator: Dietmar Rieg, CEO & President, German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc

Closing of the official event with further networking opportunities.

Expected end of the event is around 5.00 pm.

Registration for 28th March 2019

Registration fee:
89,00 € plus VAT
incl. conference folder, coffee break and lunch

Please note that participation is only possible after written confirmation by io-consultants.


We would like to donate the proceeds of the event to the Engineers Without Borders association.



Please contact us 

Ansprechpartner USA: Rupert Hoecherl
Rupert Hoecherl President / Partner Phone: +1 (610) 8073590-504


Christian Speck Business Unit Manager Marketing & Public Relations Phone: +49 (0) 62 21 / 379-174

About io‑consultants

io-consultants provides integrated consulting, design and planning services for production, logistics and supply chain management, as well as for architecture and IT projects. Since our launch in 1958, we have been helping our clients improve their supply and value chain with a wide range of services: from developing ideas into strategies to implementing complex industry projects as a lead consultant.