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March 16, 2023 3:00 PM


Automation Alley invites small- and medium-sized companies in Michigan to join our trade mission to Thailand (Bangkok) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City).

May 12-20, 2023 

Meet face-to-face with prospective customers and partners in Southeast Asia, the world’s fastest-growing region. Thailand and Vietnam have an extremely high demand for the following Michigan-made products, services, and technologies:  

Registration closes next week! 

Secure your spot for this international networking trip by March 24, 2023.

  • Automotive
  • Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing technologies  
  • Design and engineering services
  • IT/ICT
  • Cleantech
  • Healthcare and medical equipment  
  • Agriculture

Why Thailand?

  • With a 2021 GDP of $506 billion, Thailand is the second-largest economy in Southeast Asia
  • Thailand is the center of the region’s automotive industry and the world’s 1largest automotive producer  
  • In addition to the automotive sector, the nation has a diversified industrial base that includes electronics, machinery and equipment, and agriculture
  • Thailand’s free market is well integrated into the global economy having 14 preferential trade agreements with 18 countries worldwide
  • With a population of 70 million, Thailand’s largest trade partner is the United States

Why Vietnam?

  • Since 2000, Vietnam’s GDP has grown faster than any country except China, averaging 6.2% annual growth
  • Population of 100 million includes a growing middle class of consumers with strong demand for U.S.  goods and services  
  • Young, highly- skilled labor force provides an alternative to manufacturing in China
  • Signatory to 12 free-trade agreements (including the EU) provides the nation with access to numerous markets around the world

Why You Should Join Our Trade Mission:

  • Our trade missions are results-driven. Our trade missions and other export activities have generated over $1.84 billion in export sales and created or supported over 9,353 local jobs
  • We get you connected to the right people. Matchmaking meetings will place you directly in touch with potential buyers and end users of your products, services, and technologies 
  • The timing is right. With the decoupling of trade between the U.S. and China, Thailand and Vietnam have emerged as a preferred alternatives for manufacturers
  • We help you learn how to do business internationally. Meet the key players you need to know to be successful in Thailand and Vietnam. Attend business meetings with government officials and business and industry leaders who will share their firsthand insights about the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Southeast Asia
  • We take care of all the details. Our team takes care of planning before, during, and after the mission.
  • A reimbursement for up to 75% of the cost. You may qualify for a grant to reduce the costs of participating on the mission through Michigan’s State Trade Expansion Program (MI-STEP)
  • We are trusted and internationally recognized for our expertise. Automation Alley received the President's "E Star"​ Award from Presidents Joe Biden (2021), Barack Obama (2013), and George W. Bush (2008) ---the nation’s highest, most prestigious international trade award granted to organizations in recognition of their accomplishments in global trade and economic development. Automation Alley is only the second organization in the nation to receive the award three times since JFK created it in 1961.

Participation is limited to 10 companies and deadline to register is March 24, 2023. Participation cost is $4,500 for members, $5,500 for non-members and may be subject to change based on availability. Includes embassy business briefings and receptions, matchmaking meetings, interpreters, five-star hotel accommodations, in-country transportation, and inter-country flights. International airfare to Thailand and Vietnam is not included. Be sure to ask us about Michigan’s State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to see if your company qualifies for funding. Details here.

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INTEGR8 : The Industry 4.0 ConferenceMay 9, 2023  8 a.m — 5 p.m.

Suburban Collection Showplace

46100 Grand River Ave., Novi, MI, 48374

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  • Keynote Presentations: by Fraunhofer USA and Epic Games
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  • Breakout Sessions: designed to give greater detail into the inner workings of Industry 4.0 presented by subject matter experts. 
  • Roundtables: allow for conversation amongst industry leaders and attendees. Address key issues related to advanced manufacturing, and discuss opportunities to accelerate technology adoption.
  • Breakfast & Lunch   

Network with Industry 4.0 leaders, engage in group discussions on topics impacting your business, and learn what others are doing to advance in their fields.



  • Cobots & Autonomous Mobile Robots 
  • Additive Manufacturing 
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality 
  • Big Data and Information Systems 
  • Digital Work Instructions 
  • Machine Monitoring/Control Systems 
  • And Much More!
3D Print Competition is Back!

Integr8 Conference to Include

3D Printer Pitch Competition

How can an industrial 3D printer solve a labor, capacity, or process challenge and support your overall business? Back by popular demand, Integr8 2023 will include a 3D Printer Pitch Competition hosted by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business Connect. Manufacturers interested in competing must complete the application form by April 6. Selected applicants will be invited to an in-person pitch competition on May 9 during Automation Alley’s Integr8 Conference. The grand prize is a Markforged Mark Two (Gen2) 3D Printer, a 1-year Advance Subscription package and much more! 


Standards in Global Advanced Manufacturing Systems 

Join Fraunhofer experts to discuss the importance of digital standards when adopting software on manufacturing lines to better increase production output and efficiency, lower downtime, and boost workforce confidence, untapping hidden economic value. 

Furthering Digitization on the Factory Floor 

Join Fraunhofer experts to discuss how data and AI can improve workforce efficiency, increase safety and security of operations, and understand how digital twins may prevent errors before they occur, saving manufacturers time and money while increasing employee retention. 

Green Hydrogen’s Future   

There’s room for hydrogen and batteries to coexist as new energy and mobility technologies, each with their respective industry segments growing thanks to increased customer demand as well as federal and state government incentives. Join Fraunhofer experts as they discuss the future use cases for Hydrogen and Battery technologies, potential overlap areas, and technology challenges and barriers. 



Building a Strong Talent Pipeline: Industry & Academic Collaboration 

Partnerships between higher education and employers are critical to helping businesses respond to growing talent needs—especially as technology rapidly advances. This roundtable will highlight a collaboration between Lear-Flint and UM-Flint and will focus on talent needs, Industry 4.0 skill sets and credentials.

Women in Manufacturing: Past, Present and Future 

Capital Area Manufacturing Council Executive Director Cindy Kangas will share the important role women have played in manufacturing over the past 100 years and the future of STEM careers for those in the talent pipeline. 

Innovative Pathways to Industry 4.0 Talent 

Lawrence Technological University will host a roundtable discussion aimed at supporting the next generation of Industry 4.0 workers. Join leaders in K-12, Community College, Higher Education and Industry as they share important insights on Michigan’s talent pipeline. 



About Automation Alley

Automation Alley is a nonprofit Industry 4.0 knowledge center and home to the World Economic Forum's US Center for Advanced Manufacturing. With a global outlook and a regional focus, we facilitate public-private partnerships by connecting industry, education, and government to fuel Michigan's economy and accelerate innovation. Our programs give businesses a competitive advantage by helping them along every step of their digital transformation journey. We obsess over disruptive technologies like AI, the Internet of Things, and automation, and work hard to make these complex concepts easier for companies to understand and implement. Visit automationalley.com. 


INTEGR8: The Industry 4.0 Conference

May 9, 2023 -- 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Suburban Collection Showplace

46100 Grand River Ave., Novi, MI, 48374


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