Transforming Manufacturing in the Digital Age
Over the past several years, the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GACC NY) has expanded its portfolio of valuable member services to include unique platforms for idea sharing to assist businesses in navigating today's rapidly evolving digital developments in manufacturing.  One prime example of the GACC NY's important role on this front is a recent forum hosted titled: The Digital Transformation of Manufacturing Industries.
The event took place at the German House, at UN Plaza in New York City, in collaboration with the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and MÜNCHNER KREIS, the leading independent platform providing orientation for decision makers in the digital world, based in Germany. Attendees included a mix of German and American business leaders, along with academics in the fields of business innovation and technology. 

Jens Janik, Deputy Consul General, Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, joined Dietmar Rieg, President & CEO of the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. New York, in greeting more than 100 guests in attendence.
From left: Dr. Nikhil Gupta, Sean Monahan, Knudt Flor, Stephan Biller, Livio Dalloro and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster

Keynote speaker was Prof. Dr. Henning K
agermann, President of acatech and appointed Global Representative and Advisor of the Plattform Industrie 4.0. The forum featured two sessions: The first one focused on The Future of Key Technologies, the second one on Future Business Models.There were also two panel discussions, one moderated by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster, CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), who helped in shaping the German future project Industrie 4.0. Another panel was moderated by Prof. Dr. Michael Dowling,Professor for Innovation and Technology Management in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Regensburg in Germany, and Chairman of the Board of MÜNCHNER KREIS.

Forum details to follow!
Recent Events
Energy Efficiency is Focus of Forum in Boston
Susanne Gellert, VP, German American Chamber of Commerce,Inc. (left of sign) with energy forum  participants.
With energy prices on the rise and fossil fuel resources becoming scarce, both economic prosperity and competitiveness increasingly depend on our ability to use energy as efficiently as possible.

That's the focus of a forum titled: A German Perspective on Building Energy which took place earlier this month in Boston. More than 60 participants attended the event, jointly sponsored by the GACC NY, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Boston and the Transatlantic Climate Bridge.

Presenters included Stefan Goebel, General Sales Manager, Arnold Glas, Corp.,  Kevin Flynn, Regional Sales Manager, New England Viessmann Manufacturing Co., and Chris Ford, Regional Sales Manager, NYC & Northeast, Schöck USA, Inc.

Germany enjoys a stellar reputation throughout the world for its high-quality technical products and practical expertise in the field of energy efficiency, and has established itself as an international market leader in the fields of energy efficiency and green buildings. Over the past years, the use of German products and technologies in the US building industry has grown consistently.
Seminar Addresses Implications of  Recent US Tax Reform
Elisa Fay of RÖDL & PARTNER speaks on the implications of the new US tax reform.

More than 40 GACC NY members from various industries turned out this month for valuable insight and lively discussions on the US federal tax reform and how it impacts businesses and individuals. The event featured expert speakers from RÖDL & PARTNER and was held at the Manhattan office of

The featured presenters, Elisa Fay, Partner-In-Charge Rödl National Tax, Rödl & Partner USA (Atlanta) and Rick Kasnick, Managing Partner, Rödl & Partner New York City, elaborated on how these changes will impact the business of German companies and their subsidiaries in the US.
According to these experts, there are still many unanswered questions posing a challenge to any seamless implementation of the tax reform. In particular, the policies behind the changes and the intended goals of legislation don't always seem immediately clear. Tax specialists will be needed in the months ahead to navigate the new codes, especially those that will end to deductibility of certain expenses. A possible consequence is that these changes might end up not only eliminating traditional deductions for many tax payers; they could impact professional tax preparation and place more responsibility on the IRS down the road.
Upcoming Events
European Pitch Night: Europe's Virtual Future
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
6:30 to 10:00 PM
Court16 LIC, 13-06 Queens Plaza S, Long Island City, NY, 11101
Women in Business Workshop - Find your performance voice
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
12:00 to 2:00 PM
Haug Partners LLP, Fifth Avenue, Floor 11, New York, NY 10151
YPN Professional Networking on One World Trade
Friday, March 23, 2018
5:30 to 9:00 PM
One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton Street
(Entrance: West side of the building on Vesey Street)
EU Data Protection
Thursday, March 29, 2018
12:00 to 2:00 PM
Ernst & Young, 5 Times Square,  New York, NY 10036
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YPN Workshop: How to Network Effectively
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
6:00 to 9:00 PM
55 Broadway, 4th floor, New York, NY 10006

Job Market
The German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) New York supports companies in recruiting skilled personnel as well as applicants in finding permanent employment or internships in the U.S. through posted job advertisements.
The GACC is currently looking for:
  • Intern for Germany Trade & Invest
  • Intern J1 Visa and Recruitment
  • Trainee Legal Services
Our clients are looking for:
  • Inside Sales Represenative
The listings can be found on
The German American Chamber of Commerce is also an official sponsor for J-1 visas in the categories of "Intern" and "Trainees" and can help you in obtaining your J-1 visa. Please contact us at and visit our website at

Trade Fairs
Sustainability & Recycling Experts to Gather at IFAT
This year's IFAT will take place from May 14-18, with an increased exhibition space at Munich's exhibition center. More than 3,100 exhibitors will showcase all aspects of water supply and disposal alongside specialists in waste treatment and recycling. The focus is on innovative concepts for recovering secondary raw materials as well as sustainable ways of handling resources. IFAT 2018 features a unique range of strategies and solutions to tackle diverse and complex global challenges.
Visitors to IFAT 2018 can expect two new exhibition halls plus a new layout,for a clearer structure of the two core areas: Waste and Secondary Raw Materials, as well as Water and Sewage. The show takes place on nearly three million sq.ft., in all halls and some of the outdoor area. Come and discover the latest technology and innovations in water, sewage, waste and raw materials management.

IFAT emphasizes future topics

The 2018  show will, for the first time, also incorporate the issue of "sustainability in road construction". This special feature will will address resource-saving procedures and machines as well as durable materials for road engineering.
Online registration for IFAT 2018 is now open! Get your Print@home-Ticket with just a few mouse clicks. Your Print@home-Ticket ensures you fast and easy access to the fair ground and saves you time and money.
Join the World's Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management - IFAT in May now!

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GACC NY Welcomes Our New Members

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Are you managing US visa applications for your employees, or are you planning a short business trip to the United States?  If so, we have a special offer: Get a free initial visa consultation in German or English (a  120 value). 

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The event takes place October 26-27, 2018 at the Gotham Hall. Click here to register and enter code "GACC" at checkout!
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