We are pleased to present the fifth edition of our quarterly "BME Newsletter International". Its objective is to inform and support your international sourcing, procurement and logistics activities in global markets. Enjoy the read!
Olaf Holzgrefe
Head of International & Affairs
Interested in upcoming B2B services?
• CEE Forum • Sourcing Days Italy
• Delegation trip Russia , Bulgaria and Spain
Public purchasing: BME wins EU-funded project
BME has won the EU funded project “Procure2Innovate”. The aim of the initiative, which is funded by the EU Commission and limited to four years, is to link new and already existing competence centres for public procurement in Europe. More . . . 
BME: “The first ‘Meet Italy’s Best’ Sourcing Day was a great success.”
In the capital of Lombardy, the Buyers' Association and AHK Milan offered a platform for B2B talks for two days between German industrial companies and Italian suppliers. The "very good pre-selection" was well praised by the participating German industrial companies. More . . . 
Markit/BME Germany Manufacturing PMI: Slips to nine-month low in April
Germany’s manufacturing sector made a solid start to the second quarter, with output rising markedly and at a quicker pace than in March. However, the current issue 05/2018 shows that the industrial engine no longer runs at quite the same high speed as at the end of last year. More . . . . 
Czech Republic: The “Czexit” discussion worries companies
A survey by the German-Czech Chamber of Commerce revealed that around one in three companies could shift investments. Eight out of ten companies are worried about the discussion about a “Czexit”, the Czech Republic leaving the EU.
More . . . 
BME Morocco program – discover the hub of the automotive industry
The BME has launched a new program in order to discover the sourcing potential of the Moroccan market. Thanks to continuously high growth rates, low inflation, very low labor costs, well-trained workers and the best infrastructure in Africa. More. . . 
BME moves in to new office location in Frankfurt!
In June the BME will move the new and modern location in Frankfurt.
As from the 25thJune 2018, we will be looking forward to welcome you at:
Frankfurter Straße 27; 65760 Eschborn


Responsible Banking for SMEs in South Eastern and Eastern Europe

ProCredit banks to be present at 4th Western Balkans Purchasing Initiative, 19 June 2018 Frankfurt

ProCredit is a development-oriented commercial group of banks operating in 13 countries in South Eastern and Eastern Europe and South America – as well as a bank in Germany. The group’s parent company, ProCredit Holding, is headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany.
Our objective is to provide transparent, efficient and straight-forward financial services tailored to the needs of growing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in transition economies. ProCredit banks strive to support economic growth underpinned by social, ethical and environmental considerations.
We place a regional focus on South Eastern and Eastern Europe with ProCredit banks in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria (including branch operations in Greece), Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. A functioning and fair financial system that enables SMEs to invest and expand is the key to economic and social development. More . . . 
4th Western Balkans Purchasing Initiative

19 June 2018 Frankfurt, Germany

After the positive result with more than 400 participants in the last Purchasing Initiative, BME and its partners are now organizing a new edition of the Western Balkans Purchasing Initiative – Einkaufs-initiative Westbalkan. The fourth edition takes place on 19 June at the IHK Frankfurt in Germany. Interested German buyers will meet around 100 preselected suppliers from Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo.
Join in and register your interest now! More . . . 
13th EPE 2018 - European Procurement Excellence

25 - 26 June 2018 Dresden, Germany

We proudly present this year’s version of the European Procurement Excellence Summit (EPE). With
100 % new speakers and CPOs only the speaker panel will be even more international than last year. Hear case studies from France, Denmark, Sweden, UK, the Netherlands and many more.
Learn how world-class procurement organizations master the challenges of tomorrow. Collaboration and shared intelligence is the key and therefore for the first time EPE will be collocated with a brand new programme for supply chain executives to break down silos and think across functional boarders.
Europe’s top CPOs and CSCOs: Benefit from parallel programmes to expand your network
Intimacy: An exclusive setting to inspire innovation, fresh thinking, and interaction among peers
Unrivalled networking: Pre-qualified participants, small-group discussions, high-class atmosphere
To check the programme and to register please visit here . . . 
1st ESCE 2018 - European Supply Chain Excellence Summit

25 – 26 June 2018 Dresden, Germany

For a long time product development, marketing and production set the tone within most organizations. The SCM sector had the function of further optimizing cost structures and ensuring delivery capability. But times are changing radically and so are the boardroom conversations of Chief Supply Chain Officers.
This year’s European Supply Chain Excellence Summit picks up the challenges ahead and is designed as an exclusive high-level, small-group event that enables attendees to drive transformation through positioning, acceleration and collaboration. The summit runs parallel to BME’s renowned EPE Summit.
To check the program and to register please visit here . . . 
Sourcing Days Italy

Building bridges in EU: Buyers travel to Italy 26 - 28 Sept 2018

From 26 to 28 Sept buyers will visit Ancona, Bologna and Cremona to meet pre-selected suppliers. Southern European companies have become much more competitive. Schedule:
26 Sept Ancona, 27 Sep Bologna, 28 Sept Cremona / Milan
If you are interested in joining the event please contact anke.imelmann@bme.de
This year, the Symposium Purchasing and Logistics will take place from 14 to 16 November 2018. It is THE opportunity to meet about 2,000 professionals from procurement, supply chain management and logistics and extend your network with over 100 exhibitors and about 100 speakers from different industries.
Under the slogan “TRANSFORMATION NOW!” we will discuss how to set up a procurement and supply management function to meet current and future challenges. Presentations and discussions will cover the following areas:
In the plenary sessions keynote speakers as Dr. Richard Lutz (CEO, Deutsche Bahn AG), Dr. Ariane Reinhart (Member of the Executive Board, Human Relations and Director Labor Relations, Sustainability, Continental AG) and Rafael Hostettler (Project Manager of Roboy.org) will outline the tasks lying ahead with regard to transformation, robotics and artificial intelligence and human relations and give insights how their companies cope with current challenges. The closing keynote will be held by Bruce Dickinson (Commercial Pilot, Entrepreneur, Chairman of Cardiff Aviation and Lead Singer of Iron Maiden).
To check the program and to register please visit here . . . 
Early-bird discount: Bookings by 30 June 2018 will enjoy savings of €200 on the regular conference fee!
Your contact for programme/speaking at the event: natalie.popoola@bme.de
Your contact as exhibitor or sponsor: svea.oschmann@bme.de or nicole.peis@bme.de
3rd Lake Constance Supplier Dialogue 2018

26 - 27 Nov 2018 (pre-event dinner 26th Nov), Friedrichshafen (Lake Constance), Germany

The 3rd Lake Constance Supplier Dialogue will be hosted by ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG and OC Oerlikon Management AG – all of them based in the region of Lake Constance. Our exclusive Dialogue provides the ideal platform to engage in networking and in the cross-industry sharing of ideas with suppliers, customers and experts from the worlds of business, academica and politics.
This year the congress will focus primarily on the topics of Digitalization, Artificial Intelligence/Robotics and Agility and their influence on the corporate environment as well as on society as a whole. High-level speakers from companies such as KUKA Roboter and Festo are already confirmed. The final programme will be announced soon. The programme will be accompanied by an exhibition with an exclusive Start-up area.
For further information and registration please check here . . . 
If you are interested in joining the conference as exhibitor please contact eva-maria.winteroll@bme.de
Services of BME China
BME Shanghai Co. Ltd. (BME China) is the Chinese subsidiary of BME. Our mission in China is to serve and to support BME's members and the overall development of the Chinese and international sourcing community. The services, events and trainings of BME China are open to interested companies, buyers and supply chain managers from all sectors and countries. In China, BME offers the following major services for its members:
• BME Industrial Procurement Week
• Conferences and Congresses such as BME China Sourcing Conference or the Sino-German Procurement 4.0 Summit
• German-Chinese Supplier Innovation Dialogue
• Supplier-Buyer Matchmaking Meetings
• Purchasing Training and Seminars
• BME Procurement Executive Round Tables
• Cooperation with governments, chambers and industrial zones, More …
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