Oakland County Diversification Newsletter, April 2022

Emerging Growth & Innovation: Diversification Newsletter

April 2022  |  Top Stories:

CONNEX™ Michigan  |  MMTC Technology Opportunity Assessment  |  Integr8 2022 Conference  |  Automotive Meetings in Querétaro, Mexico   |  Michigan Defense Exposition  |  Aerospace Europe Virtual Global Chat  |  Tri-State Matchmaking Summit Commercial Service Aerospace Resource Guide  |  VTM Torino 2022  |  MIBA Ecomotion Trade Mission to Israel  |  Minority Focused Trade Mission to Italy, Spain and Portugal  |  Michigan World Trade Week Conference

A Message from Dom Holmes

Administrator, Emerging Growth & Innovation

Dom Holmes

We’re Glad You’re Here!

Thanks for joining our Diversification Newsletter email list. You’ll be the first to hear about resources, opportunities, and events available to Oakland County-based businesses, including those in our Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace/Defense, Automotive/Mobility, and Technology communities.

Growth opportunities have been initiated in our focus areas:

  • Oakland County staff led a trade mission to Torino, Italy for the VTM (Vehicle Technology Meetings) Conference where we hosted a booth, including four Oakland County companies, to create customer connections. The spotlight was on Oakland County as we were the only entity represented from the United States highlighting our robust technologies and mobility ecosystem.
  • Oakland County staff attended a trade mission to Israel led by the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator (MIBA) to create supplier relations for our local prime and subcontractors.

Thank you for building this network as we are All ways, moving forward.


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Advanced Manufacturing


CONNEX™ MICHIGAN: The Nation’s Premier Online Supply Chain Tool

CONNEX™ is the most advanced supply chain and manufacturing networking database tool ever assembled. It connects the Michigan and U.S. manufacturing supply chain and promotes domestic sourcing whenever possible. Join before April 30, 2022, you will also gain free access to Manufacturers Marketplace, an annual savings of $500.

Request your account, visit: michigan.mfgconnex.com/#/account-request

Or contact: the-center.org/connex



Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center – Technology Opportunity Assessment

See how you can revolutionize your business operations and growth with the use of Industry 4.0 technologies. Manufacturing is advancing, and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) is here to help ensure small to medium-sized manufacturers sustain and grow the future of Michigan manufacturing. Using the Center’s Technology Opportunity Assessment, experts will work with you in a hands-on, personalized capacity to enable your company to identify technologies that will provide maximum improvements and return on investment.

No cost, schedule yours today by calling 888-414-6682 or by completing this form: the-center.org/Contact-Us



Intergr8 2022 Conference: May 10 at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Join the trailblazers, innovators, and technology leaders from around the globe to look beyond the cutting edge and influence the course of business. Every session at Integr8 is a chance to discover new possibilities for your business. Every booth is an opportunity to implement new technologies into the way you do business.

More information and registration, visit: integr8-2021.pathable.co


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Advanced automotive assembly line

Meet OEM and Tier 1 Customers at Automotive Meetings Querétaro:
June 21-23

Automotive Meetings is a structured matchmaking event that gives auto suppliers the opportunity to build business relationships through more than 12,000 face-to-face meetings with potential OEM and Tier 1 customers, including the top ten vehicle assembly companies in the world, such as GM, Ford, Volkswagen, Honda, BMW, and Toyota. Buyers represent various facets including purchasing, engineering, and materials handling.

Register your company to exhibit in the Michigan Pavilion by May 1: 


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Michigan Defense Exposition & Opportunities Conference (MDEX),
April 20-21, 2022

This is the premier buyer and supplier event that includes great programing that you’ve come to expect from the Army Detroit Arsenal Advanced Program Briefings. All new speakers on R&D and modernization including briefings from DARPA, DOD R&D, Air Force Research Labs and more! Matchmaking from Pure Michigan Business Connect, with one-on-one meetings with DOD buyers.

Register today: mdex-ndia.com/


Europe Aerial

Aerospace Europe Virtual Global Chat:
April 20 – May 11

The U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service Global Aerospace and Defense Team invites U.S. aerospace and defense exporters to participate in our complimentary Europe Virtual Global Chat. During the one-on-one consultations, you will have the opportunity to get specific answers to your business issues. Commercial Specialists from U.S. Embassies in the following countries will be available for meetings: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, NATO, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey & United Kingdom. Registration Deadline: April 6, or until our schedule is full. All virtual meetings will take place between April 20 - May 11.

For additional information and to register, visit: europevirtualchat.itamatch.com/


Matchmaking Summit

Tri-State Small Business Virtual Training and Matchmaking Summit: May 12, 2022

Meet with prime contractors, suppliers, and buyers in the Defense across the Midwest.

Register and learn more: tinyurl.com/5x2fz33w


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U.S. Commercial Service Aerospace and Defense Resource Guide  

The 2020-2021 edition of the Aerospace and Defense Resource Guide provides in-country market research from our aerospace specialists around the world.

Learn more at: trade.gov/aerospace-and-defense-resource-guide


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Oakland County team at VTM

VTM Torino 2022

Oakland County Economic Development led an automotive mobility focused trade mission to the Vehicle and Transportation Technology Innovation Meetings (VTM) in Turino, Italy last month. They were the only U.S. entity present at this global event and joined by four great innovative Oakland County companies:

  1. Thierry Rolina, Senior Account Manager, Danlaw, Inc.
  2. Heidi BodellDirector of Sales & Marketing, Dataspeed, Inc.
  3. Basant Sharma, VP-Engineering, Detroit Engineered Products, Inc.
  4. Mary Buchzeiger, CEO, Lucerne International, Inc.

The Vehicle and Transportation Technology Innovation Meetings brought together 1,600 participants from 23 countries that resulted in more than 3,500 B2B meetings. In addition to the approximately 80 meetings conducted by the trade mission participants, Oakland County Economic Development led a panel discussion on "Strategies for Accelerating the New Vehicle Development Process" as part of the plenary conference.


Michigan Isreal

MIBA Ecomotion Trade Mission to Israel: May 6-13

The 2022 Mobility Delegation visits Israel inviting all Michigan-based companies and organizations. 

If you are interested in attending please complete this intake form: surveymonkey.com/r/WTBLLWC


International Concept

Commerce Department’s ITA Minority Business Focused Trade Mission to Italy, Spain, and Portugal: May 15-21, 2022

Targeted sectors including information and communication technology (including cybersecurity, smart cities, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing), energy, environmental technology, and safety and security.

For more information, visit: tinyurl.com/mjbe6yaf


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2022 Michigan World Trade Week Business Conference: May 4, 2022 – Grand Rapids

Michigan World Trade Week is organized by the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) and Grand Valley State University's Van Andel Global Trade Center (VAGTC) together with support from the Planning Committee.

Plan to attend virtually or in person. For more information, visit: gvsu.edu/wtw/


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Industry Articles

Weathering The Storm: Resources to get Through the Labor Shortage - Articles - Automation Alley: automationalley.com/articles/weathering-the-storm-resources-to-get-through-the-labor-shortage

What does the Fourth Industrial Revolution have to do with the Small Manufacturer? Everything! - Articles - Automation Alley: automationalley.com/articles/what-does-the-fourth-industrial-revolution-have-to-do-with-the-small-manufacturer-everything

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