Transatlantic Cluster Insights | Volume 5 | November 2017

Cluster 4.0 is on the horizon!

After successful study trips on med tech and light weighting, the remainder of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 mark a big focus on Industry 4.0/IoT for GACC Midwest and the Transatlantic Cluster Initiative.

In this issue, you will learn more about our events, programs, and publications around the fourth industrial revolution. 

We invite all cluster representatives to reach out to us with your regional industry focus, so we can include your cluster in this transatlantic dialog.

Kind regards,
Jessica Ferklass
Manager, Consulting Services, GACC Midwest
Transatlantic Clusters in the News
  • Interview with US participant of Medtech cluster delegation trip (only German)
  • View video

  • Earl Bakken Medical Device Center hosts Medical Alley and German cluster leaders in digital health collaboration roundtable​
  • Read article

  • Cluster Mapping as a Tool for Development (Harvard Business School)
  • Read article

  • U.S. Cluster Mapping defines US traded clusters and local clusters
  • Read article

  • Transatlantic Relations 4.0, NAFTA renegotiation updates, and US Electric Vehicle Market update in the current edition of the German American Trade (GAT) Magazine
  • Read more.
GACC Midwest Report - Disrupt Traditional
The GACC Midwest Report 2017/18 showcases German-American pioneers in disrupting the traditional across industries. Clusters are leaders in innovation and as such, we invite them to be a part of our signature publication. Explore your options and see your cluster represented in the report.
Health Care & Medtech Cluster Results
Transatlantic health care discussions in October resulted in mutual agreement on
  • The move from e-health islands to an international digital health infrastructures and standards
  • The importance of insurance reimbursement to enter into a given market
  • The urgent need for telemedicine due to demographic change

The Transatlantic Cluster Initiative brought US Health Care & MedTech professionals to Germany to learn from and exchange knowledge with key players in the industry, including business and research institutions.

Participants visited the brand new telemedicine center at the university clinic Aachen, gained insight into the medtech startup scene in Bavaria and visited the well-attended Medtech Innovation Forum in the Black Forest. They met with market leaders such as 3M and Siemens Healthineers, Bytec and Carl Haas GmbH. 
Upcoming  GACC Midwest Programs

  • Industry 4.0 Business Conference - Building the Digital Factory of Tomorrow
  • Join our Industry 4.0 conference on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 in Troy, MI. Register here.
What Participants Say
" The Chicago Metro Metal Consortium (CMMC) welcomed the opportunity to partner with GACC Midwest for its Transatlantic Cluster Initiative on metalworking technology. CMMC hosted a delegation of German cluster organizations in Chicago for site visits and a conference where we exchanged ideas, challenges and best practices. Additionally, seven of CMMC’s members and partners traveled to Germany to meet with cluster professionals as well as visit state of the art metalworking manufacturers. This experience abroad allowed CMMC to build upon and deepen relationships with existing German companies here and to collaborate with the GACC on other efforts."

Irene Sherr, Assistant Deputy Bureau Chief, Bureau of Economic Development at Cook County
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Jessica Ferklass | German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc.
Phone: 312-585-8344 | Fax: 312-644-0783 | [email protected] |