May 17, 2016
REDI makes connections in India, Germany
Attracting new companies to Greater Cincinnati is one of REDI Cincinnati’s core goals. In April, three REDI team members traveled around the world talking about why new companies thrive here.
Making connections in Mumbai
Ian Smith, manager, projects & business development, spent ten days in India visiting 15 companies interested in locating or expanding their presences in the U.S. This trip allowed Smith to demonstrate why Greater Cincinnati’s business climate and culture are a good fit.
This visit focused specifically on attracting companies in the automotive and information technology industries currently located in New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Cincinnati’s sister city Mysore. During these meetings, it is clear that location, long-term costs and regional collaboration are important to each of these companies. To learn more about each of those three takeaways from the trip, visit REDI’s blog The Catalyst and visit REDICincinnati.com/India for more information about this up-and-coming tech hub.
Courting manufacturers at the Hannover Messe
Also in April, business development manager Janelle Lee and senior business development and expansion manager Tammy Riddle traveled to Germany for the Hannover Messe. This is one of the largest manufacturing expos in the world, and the right location to connect with European companies which could relocate or expand in our region.
The pair traveled a delegation of more than 100 Ohioans, including representatives from JobsOhio, the University of Cincinnati, University of Toledo, the Ohio State University and REDI’s JobsOhio network partners. Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor also joined the team to meet with top executives from European companies that either currently operate in Ohio or are interested in growing a U.S. presence.
Each year, the Messe features a partner country that plays an important role in moving the manufacturing industry forward. This year, the U.S. was chosen as the partner country because of our nation’s focus on digitized manufacturing. As the partner country, President Barack Obama toured the Messe with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The Ohio delegation was in front of the more than 190,000 Messe visitors, with approximately 30,000 of those visitors from Europe and 6,000 from China. The expo focused on Industry 4.0 (how to use the latest technology to improve manufacturing) and integrated energy systems (how energy is generated, delivered and stored).
To learn more about how REDI attracts German companies, visit REDICincinnati.com/Germany.