Manufacturing First to feature three big days
The 10th annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference is going virtual this year, offering favorite aspects of past events along with new options that will give attendees additional flexibility and the ability to take in even more content.
The event, taking place Oct. 20-22, will begin each day with virtual networking and exhibitor connection time from 10 a.m. to noon. The schedule of presentations will begin at noon each day.
Renowned futurist Daniel Burrus will deliver the keynote at noon on Oct. 20. He is considered one of the world’s leading speakers on global trends and disruptive innovation. A strategic adviser to executives from Fortune 500 companies, Burrus helps leaders develop game-changing strategies based on his proven methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations and their future impact.
Another session will feature Séura co-founders Tim and Gretchen Gilbertson sharing how they built their business, an award-winning manufacturer offering a full portfolio of mirror and TV solutions with applications in indoor and outdoor spaces.
The keynote speakers for Oct. 21 and 22 will be announced soon, so stay tuned for details. Additional live webinars and informational sessions will follow the keynote presentations each day, taking place at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Each day ends with additional networking and exhibitor time beginning at 4 p.m. The three-day event will conclude with a virtual power hour with a chance to win prizes.
Final details for Manufacturing First are still taking shape. Please visit manufacturingfirst.com for updates and to register. Follow Manufacturing First on Facebook for the latest news about the event.
WEDC to host virtual Germany trade venture
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has converted its global trade ventures into a virtual format with online meetings between Wisconsin companies and potential customers, distributors and other partners in international markets. The first virtual trade venture will connect Wisconsin companies with potential partners in Germany.
Wisconsin firms that take advantage of technology instead of letting export expansion grind to a halt can set themselves apart in international markets, leaving them well positioned to grow these relationships further once travel restrictions ease and in-person meetings become possible. Companies interested in expanding their exports to Germany are
invited to join WEDC’s virtual trade venture, which will take place Sept. 21 through Oct. 2.
Germany is consistently among Wisconsin’s top export destinations and was No. 5 in 2019. This healthy volume of trade reflects a history of German immigration in Wisconsin, mutual strength in manufacturing and shared emphasis on quality, productivity and a strong work ethic. In all, Wisconsin exported $761 million worth of goods and services to Germany in 2019. The potential exists to increase Wisconsin companies’ sales to German customers even further.
Although the pandemic has cut into the economic growth that had been predicted for Germany in 2020, the country remains a major trading nation with significant imports and exports. It is the fourth-largest economy in the world, with a GDP of $4 trillion, and accounts for more than one-fifth of the European Union’s GDP.
To learn more or sign up, visit wedc.org/programs-and-resources/global-trade-ventures.