Registrations open: A great way to meet with German businesses who intend to expand in one of America’s leading manufacturing markets.

From May 12-17, Trade Horizons is hosting a delegation of innovative German Industry 4.0 and Advanced Manufacturing companies to Chicago and San Francisco. The companies are visiting the regions to learn about the sectors in the United States, share their technology and develop strategic relationships with relevant companies.

The project is part of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)

Get to know the German Industry 4.0 companies.

Germany: Industry 4.0 & Advanced Manufacturing:

As a global leader in manufacturing, Germany has been at the forefront of this revolution, driving forward the integration of digitalization, automation, and data analytics into its industrial landscape. Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing in Germany epitomize a transformative shift towards digitalization, automation, and data-driven optimization within the industrial landscape. At the forefront of this revolution, Germany seamlessly integrates cutting-edge technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and additive manufacturing into its production processes.

This integration fosters the development of smart factories where cyber-physical systems communicate, analyze, and optimize operations in real-time, resulting in enhanced efficiency, flexibility, and responsiveness to market demands.  Germany’s advanced manufacturing sector emphasizes collaboration between industry and academia.

Germany remains at the forefront of the global advanced manufacturing landscape, setting the standard for excellence in Industry 4.0 implementation.

United States: Industry 4.0 & Advanced Manufacturing market opportunities

The U.S. is leading the way in Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing, with Illinois and the San Francisco Bay Area taking different approaches. While Illinois leverages its industrial heritage and research facilities, the Bay Area combines technological innovation with manufacturing. Both regions demonstrate the potential of Industry 4.0 to revolutionize manufacturing and require adaptable strategies to seize opportunities and overcome challenges.

Implementing advanced manufacturing technologies is key to driving the growth and competitiveness of the manufacturing sector in the U.S. Digitalization, additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, robotics, and sustainability are changing the manufacturing landscape. Implementation is focused across different regions, clusters, and industry sectors, and collaboration between industry, government, and academic stakeholders is critical to fostering innovation and success in advanced manufacturing.

Opportunities for US Companies in Chicago and San Francisco:

The delegation includes eight innovative German companies with various technologies in Advanced Manufacturing.


Company Description:

Manufacturer of workpiece carrier systems for automation in medical, automotive and industrial parts cleaning.
Works best with small milled specialized parts with need for protection and no damage.
Works in temperatures as high as 280º C


Company Description:

Asyril designs patented and innovative devices for the automated assembly of all types of products. The Asycube series allows a perfect distribution of all types of bulk parts, including small parts with complex geometries or very delicate parts using vibration technology, vision, artificial intelligence and robotics allow us to develop adapted and scalable solutions. The system allows a robot to identify the part and how it is lying and pick up the best situated part repetitively for the production process.

Müller & Partner Experts

Company Description:

M&P is a team of experts with European certification according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17024. We specialize in machine safety and CE-marking as well as robots and handling systems. We support you as a global safety partner, regardless of whether you are an operator, integrator or manufacturer of machines, automation systems, robots, cobots or driverless transport vehicles.

We offer you practical, competent advice and solutions for your safety requirements. We will provide you with comprehensive and effective support in the development of safety concepts, risk assessment and the creation of technical documentation through to the complete implementation of the CE marking for your products and systems.


Company Description:

‘Eyes and Brains for Your Robot’: Roboception offers innovative 3D vision hardware and software solutions that enable any robotic system to reliably perceive its environment in real time. Intuitive and flexible, Roboception’s perception solutions reliably close the perception-action-loop.

These plug-and-produce solutions feature highly intuitive, user-friendly interfaces and are compatible with a variety of hardware platforms. On top of this, customer-specific solutions are developed in compliance with individual plug-and-produce requirements. Roboception delivers a key component for the advancement of robotic systems in various application areas, and will hence enable an essential expansion of the field of robotics as a whole in the coming years.

Roboception is a leading provider of advanced robot vision platforms and systems. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, the company enables robots to see and think, thus providing key elements for flexible automation solutions in Industry 4.0.

Roboception supports both robotic integrators and end users in creating innovative automation solutions for the future-oriented use of robots in manufacturing and logistics.


Company Description:

The all-in-one and one-for-all intralogistics platform. Industry-leading material flow orchestration with mobile robots, forklifts, and people. Intralogistics Software: industry proven and enterprise-ready.
Intelligent optimization is the heartbeat of modern intralogistics: Elevate your intralogistics into a formidable competitive advantage with our groundbreaking optimization platform. Leveraging patented AI algorithms, we transform your entire material flow system— analyzing, adapting, and optimizing in real-time to the unique rhythms of your shop floor.


Company Description:

As a digitization partner and expert for high-end software engineering, we provide advice to B2B customers, identify digitization potentials, optimize business processes and create digital strategies and solutions.

Software Development and Consulting in the following areas:

  • Asset Administration Shell, Digital Twin, Industry 4.0, IoT
  • Cloud, Data Science, AI
  • Robotics
  • Mixed, virtual, augmented Reality

XITASO supports customers from a multitude of industries, but particularly in the mechanical engineering and tool building industries as well as the health sector; and always with the focus on excellent solutions to meet the challenges of digital transformation.

Get to know the German Industry 4.0 companies.

For more information and to meet with the delegation, please contact Tom Bainbridge at

For more information and to meet with the delegation, please contact Tom Bainbridge at