Success stories in 2008 and 2009

Great Britain, Poland or Rumania – which market promises the most success? With the aid of a systematic internationalisation analysis, Poland was identified as a future market for Clever & Co. Elektro- und Maschinenfabrik GmbH, a mechanical engineering firm in Essen. Clever was founded in 1949 and their main business is card tippers, gluing equipment and shotcrete technology.

CB Chemie und Biotechnologie GmbH, a company in Gütersloh, regularly uses the brokerage events on offer to establish new business contacts. The outcome is sales outlets in Austria, Switzerland, Poland and the Czech Republic. The firm, which has about 100 employees, is involved in analysis, research, production and sales in the area of chemicals and biotechnology, as well as surface treatment technology.

Jakobs-Houben Technologie GmbH in Hückelhoven was seeking complementary know-how for the development of an innovative solution for the coating of films and foils. A delegation visit and participation in a brokerage event at the ITM trade exhibition in Poznan, Poland, offered the right backdrop in their search for a suitable partner.

What is the latest state of legislation in the EU's Machinery Directive? For what products has the European Commission issued import restrictions? Who is the contact person for funding schemes in Hungary? What funding measures are there for start-ups in southern Spain? From what thresholds upwards must public contracts be put out to tender throughout Europe? These questions – posed by Leantechnik AG in Oberhausen - were answered quickly and efficiently.

A delegation visit to Rumania proved particularly valuable for Financial Projects, a project management firm from Mülheim an der Ruhr. They were seeking contacts to enterprises in various European countries which offered finance for their clients in the mechanical engineering sector. Direct contact could be made to a leasing firm in Rumania. Financial Projects made contact to other organisations involved in financial matters at brokerage events and trade exhibitions in the framework of NRW.Europa.