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German-American Business Forum: Industry 4.0 – Opportunities and Challenges in CT
March 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Leaders from Connecticut and Baden-Württemberg representing industry, government, and research institutions will showcase CT’s attractiveness for German investment as an epicenter of manufacturing, technology, and innovation.
Program highlights will include:
• A celebration of existing German-American partnerships and investments
• How Industry 4.0/Internet of Things is revolutionizing manufacturing here and abroad
• Reflections on best practices, future industry growth opportunities, supportive resources, and prospects for
further investment in Connecticut
• Existing challenges for advanced manufacturing in terms of trade, innovation and workforce
• The way forward—incubating ideas, expanding global collaborations
Stewart “Chip” Beckett, Policy Board Chairman, Capitol Region Council of Governments
James Kask, Connecticut German American Business Forum
Dannel P. Malloy, Governor, State of Connecticut
Ralf Horlemann, Consul General, German Consulate General Boston
Theresia Bauer, Minister of Science, Research and the Arts, Baden-Württemberg Landtag
Andreas Deuschle, Chairman of the Science, Research, and Arts Committee, Baden-Württemberg Landtag, and Head of Delegation
Andre Sharon, Director, Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation (Keynote)
Peter Hoecklin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Trumpf Inc.
David Parekh, Corporate Vice President, Research, and Director, United Technologies Research Center
Kazem Kazerounian, Dean, UCONN School of Engineering
Catherine Smith, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
Lyle Wray, Executive Director, Capitol Region Council of Governments