2016 GlobalConnect

Venue: GlobalConnect 2016


The APAC Chinaforum Baden-Wurttemberg informed about current and future chances and risks for industrial SME from Baden-Wurttemberg - when entering the market or reshaping their existing business models in China. The Chinaforum Baden-Wurttemberg has been integrated part of the Asia-Pacific Business Forum at GlobalConnect 2016.


C1 Proaktiv oder reaktiv, Chance oder Risiko? –

Der Europäische Mittelstand und die Herausforderung China

M. Zurfluh (CEO & Managing Partner, Z-PUNKT CONSULTING GmbH)


C2 Marktzugang 2016 - Rechtliche Chancen und Risiken der Reformen in Wirtschaft und Politik in China

Dr. Sven-Michael Werner (Partner, Bird & Bird)


C3 EHS in der Lieferkette -

Umweltschutz, Arbeitssicherheit und Gesundheit in China

R. Bechtloff (Koordinator u. Eigent., DuniaNet sustainability experts)


View Chinaforum program in detail here.

(German language only)

APAC Joint Stand & Forum

GlobalConnect 2016 | 26 - 27 October | Stuttgart

Asia-Pacific Association of Commerce

in Europe

As a Forum for Export and Internationalisation, GlobalConnect provides companies with information ranging from planning the first steps into foreign markets to the optimisation of existing international business activities.


Apart of the trade fair area, GlobalConnect offers a variety of events with around 100 presentations, best-practice examples and panels on crossborder investment and trade issues.

The bi-annually GlobalConnect is hosted by Messe Stuttgart and is regarded as the leading internationalisation event in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg -- home base of 60%+ of Germany's 'Hidden Champions'.


APAC provided the information and networking platform on the GlobalConnect 2016 -- discussing business opportunities with respect to the markets in Far East.


APAC Exhibition Partner at GlobalConnect 2016 | Hall 2 - A34

On the joint stand Doing Business with Asia-Pacific, organised by APAC, respresentatives and experts of various institutions and service companies did showcase their support to boost and optimize German investment and trade relations with the Asia-Pacific region at large as well as selected countries and business functions.



The FAR EAST HUB (FEH) was jointly developed by Z-PUNKT CONSULTING, Chinese authorities and European companies with experience in China. It serves as a bridge-builder between the European and Chinese markets. FEH clients benefit from Best Practices, local networks und intercultural Know-how in both markets. They reduce probing-, negotiation and realizaton-time, minimize costs and risks and maximize their chances for success.

Bird & Bird


Bird & Bird covers all areas of commercial and business law, with specialists in a range of industry sectors – especially where technology, regulation and intellectual property have a significant impact. From Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore, Bird & Bird has been guiding clients on their complex multi-jurisdictional business activities for nearly 20 years across the whole Asia-Pacific region. With its European offices, Bird & Bird is extraordinarily well placed to advice Chinese companies on the German and other European markets.

DuniaNet sustainability experts


DuniaNet sustainability experts is a consulting firm for sustainable supply chains originating in Asia, Africa and Latin America. As a global network of sustainability experts DuniaNet supports European companies in improving operational environmental protection and social standards in their global production. The team of DuniaNet mobilized public co-financing for its clients CSR activities, develops strategies and assists in project implementation.




Asia-Pacific Business Forum

Venue: GlobalConnect 2016


Speakers of APAC members and partners discussed in- and outbound investment & trade opportunities and challenges with regard to the emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

GlobalConnect edubiz 2016

26 + 27 October 2016 | Messe Stuttgart


APAC also supported the event platform edubiz, which discussed again at the GlobalConnect in 2016 entrepreneurial human resources and training strategies in international competition. The combination of conference, exhibition, matching and media introduce examples of successful global educational and personal projects and presents partners and tools for the formation of a globally distributed workforce.


edubiz homepage here.

APAC at GlobalConnect 2016 has been supported by BWA


Download BWA newsletter 08/2016 (German language):

Ittichot Damrongraktam

Deputy Director

Thailand Board of Investment,

Frankfurt Office

Maria Andronikidou

Chair woman

Sri Lanka Bridge e.V.



Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

Rainer Gehnen

Managing Owner




Thailand as A Gateway to ASEAN


Known as the "Crossroad of ASEAN", Thailand is perfectly positioned for investors to capitalize on a market of 600+ million consumers. The presentation informed about the various services and incentives the Thai government offers to foreign companies who would choose Thailand as their regional hub.

Sri Lanka: Neue Perspektiven für deutsche Unternehmen - inklusive Markteintritt Indien


Sri Lanka ist ein vergleichsweise kleiner Wirtschaftsstandort, aber durch seine Lage auf dem indischen Subkontinent hat es ein hohes Potenzial für deutsche Unternehmen. Es bietet moderne logistische Möglichkeiten, gut ausgebildete Fachkräfte, eine soziale Infrastruktur, ein Freihandelsabkommen mit Indien, kurze bürokratische Wege und speziell für ausländische Unternehmen steuerliche Anreize.


Mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch:

New Silk Road -> New Opportunities


The three large growth markets in Asia-Pacific - China, India, ASEAN - continue to integrate, a process driven by a number of FTA/EPA and new transnational logistic infrastructure.


Experts discussed elements of "Asia-Pacific Strategies" for German companies


- Matthias Zurfluh (Z-PUNKT CONSULTING)

- Dr. Sven-Michael Werner (Bird & Bird)

- Robert Bechtloff (DuniaNet)

- Ittichot Damrongraktam (Thailand BOI)

- Maria Andronikidou (Sri Lanka Bridge)

- Moderation: Rainer Gehnen (APAC)



Please also visit:

Blog entry by FAR EAST HUB to the "New Silk Road" expert panel. (German)

APAC featured trade fairs and business congresses:

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