Dear SABC Members & Friends,
The Swiss-American Business Council presents its fall 2016 newsletter for its members and friends. SABC members can submit contributions for future newsletters to:

In this issue we feature contributions from Wandfluh of America, BIG KAISER Precision Tooling Inc., LNS America Inc., Platit Inc., Rollomatic Inc., Fracht FWO Inc., Corporate, Andrea Lehmann, Ltd., Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, UBS, Bossard, and Furnishings + Accessories, LLC.
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Welcome New SABC Corporate Member
We welcome Autoneum North America, Inc. as our new SABC Corporate Member and its CEO John Lenga. Autoneum is the globally leading automobile supplier in acoustic and thermal management for vehicles. Autoneum develops and produces multifunctional and lightweight components and systems for noise and heat protection and thereby enhances vehicle comfort. Global headquarters of Autoneum Holding Ltd are in Winterthur, Switzerland. For more information about Autoneum North America, Inc. visit
Welcome New SABC Board Members
The SABC welcomes Eric Schwarzenbach (pictured left) to the SABC Board of Directors. Mr. Schwarzenbach is the President of Rollomatic Inc. Mr. Schwarzenbach says, "I feel greatly honored to be part of the SABC board of directors and I look forward to working with the SABC on furthering the strong Swiss-American relationship here in Chicago."

We also welcome Pierre Serex to the SABC Board of Directors (pictured in the center). Mr. Serex is the Vice President of Griffith Foods. Mr. Serex says, “it is an honor and pleasure for me to help strengthen and promote an active Swiss American community in Chicago and the US Midwest.”

And last but not least, we also welcome William E. Turner II (pictured right) to the SABC Board of Directors. Mr. Turner is a Corporate & Securities Group partner at Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP.
The Swiss National Day Reception

The SABC's Swiss National Day Reception in August at the Mid-America Club on top of Chicago's iconic Aon Center had a great turn out with more than 100 participants and was a great success. Besides excellent networking opportunities a highlight was the stunning performance of the Jodelchörli Alpsteinblick Abtwil from Switzerland.
SABC has set the date for the 2016 Christmas Party and Fundraiser to Wednesday, December 7th.
This year we returning again to the elegant Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. The Christmas Dinner is a long standing, wonderful tradition for our organization. It is a great opportunity for the Swiss-American business community to gather and celebrate the holiday season, enjoy a festive evening, see old friends, meet new friends, network, and bid for great, unique auction items. The event is the primary fundraiser for the SABC and vital to the group continuing its overall mission.

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Organizational Announcement 
We would like to announce that effective August 15th, 2016, Mike Lindamood will assume the position of President and CEO of Wandfluh of America, Inc. 
Mike has a strong background and history in the hydraulics industry in various commercial capacities of sales and sales management, product management, marketing, and business development. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia, and an MBA from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. 

Mike succeeds Jim Brooks, who has led the company over the past 30 years and substantially contributed to the development of Wandfluh in the US. On behalf of the Board and management team we sincerely thank Jim for his tireless efforts toward building the business that we have today. We are pleased that he will remain available for the Wandfluh group on a consulting basis. 

Please join us in welcoming Mike to the Wandfluh family and organization and lending your support to him and the Wandfluh of America team for their continued success. 

Best regards,
Wandfluh Holding, AG Hansruedi Wandfluh President
Several members of the SABC Members will be present and showcase their products and services at the International Manufacturing an Technology Show from September 12 - 17, 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Our members BIG KAISER, LNS, PLATIT and Rollomatic provided us a preview (see below) for their exhibit at the show.
BIG KAISER IMTS Booth W-1600 Full of Innovation and Action
BIG KAISER Precision Tooling has an exciting show in store for its booth visitors during this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) September 12th-17th at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. 

BIG KAISER is continuing down the path of digital tooling innovation with the introduction of the EWD EVO, a digital boring head designed with a single goal in mind—making the life of an operator as easy as possible. It will be synched with the new BIG KAISER smartphone and tablet app, which was developed to enhance user friendliness while assembling and running BIG KAISER boring tools. Not only will users be able to read the cutting diameter change, but the app will also help operators determine optimal cutting parameters from their tool assemblies. The app will also log historical adjustments for all tools ever synched with it, a critical piece for shops joining the smart manufacturing movement.
Additional, BIG KAISER’s parent company, BIG Daishowa Seiki, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, and will be showcasing many new innovations around the globe this year. As a member of the BIG Daishowa Group (Osaka, Japan), BIG KAISER has grown into a well-recognized global tooling provider, with manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe   and Asia.

Stop by IMTS Booth S-8586 and Learn How to Increase Your Production Efficiency

Your One-Stop-Shop for Machine Tool Peripherals
LNS enables you to optimize the performance of your CNC machines with the industry’s most advanced bar feederschip conveyorscoolant managementair filtration and work support systems

In the LNS America IMTS booth S-8586, we’ll have a vast assortment of products on display that serve a multitude of machine tool application needs reducing production costs and improving profitability.  Our applications team will be on hand to discuss your needs and answer your questions. 

Some Highlights You’ll Want to See…
Live One-Stop-Shop-Demo

See a real-world scenario of how LNS products work together with a replica CNC machine: Quick Load Servo S3 T Automatic Magazine Bar feeder, MH Series Filtering Chip Conveyor, Steady Rest Work Support System, FOX WS 2 170 Oil Mist Collector, and Phasep Tramp Oil Removal System.

New and Enhanced Products on Display 
Live Demonstrations
Click here for more information
LNS America, Inc. - 4621 East Tech Drive - Cincinnati, Ohio 45245
P:  513-528-5674 - F: 513-528-5733 -

We are very excited to introduce our NEW machine π111 PLUS at this year’s IMTS Trade Show!

The Small Flexible Machine specifically designed to Start Up Your Coating Business Now! 

We look forward to see you at IMTS 2016, in booth W-1680.
(We would be happy to send  FREE passes for you and your colleagues, let us know how many you need)

PLATIT develops and produces coating equipment based on plasma generating PVD technology (Physical Vapour Deposition).

PLATIT offers complete turn-key PVD coating systems including all necessary peripheral equipment and technologies for surface pretreatment:
  • by polishing, brushing and/or microblasting,
  • single-chamber vacuum cleaning with "start-and-forget" operation,
  • stripping of coatings from HSS and carbides.
For more information:
Platit, Inc. USA • 1840 Industrial Dr. Unit 220
Libertyville, IL 60048-9412 • (847) 680-5270

Mundelein, June 2016. Rollomatic, a leading machine tool manufacturer based in Le Landeron, Switzerland, is exhibiting at the IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show) in September in Chicago, IL.

Rollomatic specializes in building CNC tool and cylindrical grinding machines for the grinding and manufacturing of precision rotary and indexable cutting tools. These tools are synonymous for high quality precision in the aerospace, automotive, medical, woodworking, and construction industry. Our grinding centers, ranging from 3-axis to 8-axis models, can provide customized solutions to particular requirements in various industrial, medical and dental fields. User-friendly software developed in-house is available for both small and large batch tool grinding. In addition, Rollomatic is a builder of innovative CNC 5-axis laser cutting machines with unmatched >1 micron cutting edges. Rollomatic also offers humanoid, collaborative robotic solutions for complete automotive tool production and quality control.

In order to maintain its global leadership position, Rollomatic announces a new 6-axis CNC tool grinder this September for production grinding of a large variety of diverse cutting tools to enable its customers to achieve sustained competitive advantage. During the show, Rollomatic showcases “long-drill” grinder 6-axis for dia/length ratios up to 200D, with integrated wheel and nozzle changer SmartChanger®.

These 6-axis machines with wheel/nozzle changers have already proven themselves in the field as well-known models that carry the well-appreciated class, value and quality of any Rollomatic product. Rollomatic has not deviated from its strategy of building the highest quality machine based on its reputation in the field.
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Furnishings + Accessories, LLC is pleased to announce their new product chessbox. 

chessbox seeks to enhance the pleasure of the game by offering a simple and sophisticated design that has been crafted from ordinary materials.

The conventional images of the chess pieces are abstracted by cutting, notching and anodizing aluminum tubing of varying diameters, while maintaining the historical iconography.  

The chessboard consists of eight powder-coated aluminum hinged plates that can be folded, making the set, board and chessmen, portable within a transparent box revealing the elegance of the design and workmanship.

Designed by architect Hanno Weber of Chicago.
Fabrication facilitated by David Hess.
Produced by Heisler Tool Co. of Willoughby, OH.
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Taking charge of an inheritance

Taking charge of an inheritance

Allen Carter, Executive Director- Wealth Management, 312.525.4300
UBS Financial Services

When a loved one dies, you may experience a flood of mixed emotions—combined with the uncertainty of inheriting an estate. We want to help you understand, and take charge of this complex transition, so that you can move forward with more confidence—and help ensure that you and your family are protected. 

The first piece of advice we give clients who have inherited significant wealth is “take your time.” Before making big decisions, you may need time to grieve for the loved one you have lost, sort through what has been left, and assess your own perspectives on investments, spending, and even gifting to others. 

In the meantime, it’s best to park any liquid assets in safe, accessible vehicles like a bank account, money market fund or short-term certificates of deposit. If you inherit stocks, bonds or mutual funds, we can help you consider whether to simply maintain the existing investment plan until you’re ready to implement a plan of your own, or determine if there are certain assets that warrant more immediate attention based on your risk tolerance. And, if you receive real estate or other physical assets, make sure that the home or other property is maintained and kept secure until you decide what to do with it.
This article has been written and provided by UBS Financial Services Inc. for use by its Financial Advisors.

As a firm providing wealth management services to clients, we offer both investment advisory and brokerage services. These services are separate and distinct, differ in material ways and are governed by different laws and separate contracts.  For more information on the distinctions between our brokerage and investment advisory services, please speak with your Financial Advisor or visit our website at
UBS Financial Services Inc., its affiliates, and its employees are not in the business of providing tax or legal advice. These materials and any tax-related statements are not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used or relied upon, by any such taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties. Any such taxpayer should seek advice based on the taxpayer’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
©UBS 2014. All rights reserved. UBS Financial Services Inc. is a subsidiary of UBS AG. Member FINRA/SIPC. D-UBS-A1F04411
The whole world talks about going Green and to reduce the ecological footprint yet transport becomes cheaper and cheaper with there being an overcapacity in both vessels and airplanes. Shipping Lines and Airlines complain that they are losing money but no measures are taken to correct this situation with every attempt to increase rates being unsuccessful because of pressure that is being applied by Shippers and Forwarders.

The irony in this is that cheaper transport also means an increase in transport volumes. Higher volumes produce lower costs and lead to yet even larger volumes. A vicious circle that consequently burdens our Planet and our future with increased CO2 emissions.

In other words, transport is too cheap, not only for cargo but for air travel as well and this needs to be corrected. Manhattan lawyers can charge up to $1,600 an hour to defend ones interests yet you can ship a container at far less from almost any port to any port. Ironic, isn’t it ?

Fracht USA is an ISO-14001 certified Company and we try to conduct our business in an environmentally conscious way. Often times a ‘greener’ mode of transport is also more expensive. Therefore shippers mostly choose the cheaper option. Catch-22?

Fracht keeps on striving for excellence and quality. We undertake everything in our power to serve our clients to the best of our ability and knowledge.
We thank you for your confidence and trust.
Etienne Seiler / President and CEO

For more information about Fracht visit
or contact Walter Groeli- Vice President Business Development USA (630) 363 9919
Please consider Andrea Luehmann Ltd. for your accounting, audit, and tax needs.

We are a boutique-style accounting, audit, and tax consulting firm which has been providing professional services to Swiss and other European-owned companies and foreign nationals in the U.S for over 30 years.

Our service offerings include business start-up assistance, bookkeeping, multi-jurisdictional tax planning, individual and business tax return compliance, annual audits of financial statements, GAAP conversion support (HGB, IFRS), due diligence service, and the coordination of transfer pricing studies. Additionally, we provide tax compliance assistance to individuals navigating through the complexity of Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiatives (OVDI).

About ninety-five percent of our business clients have been serviced and nurtured from their inception. Due to our established network of professional relationships in legal, banking, insurance, human resource, and distribution markets on both sides of the Atlantic, we are uniquely positioned to service our clients with all of their needs. By providing the "back" office support for the firm’s business ventures, management can concentrate on what is most important to the growth of their business, marketing, selling and servicing their products in the U.S.

Our business philosophy is based on a strong relationship with our clients, coupled with high standards
of quality service, custom-made for the needs of European clients.

Our team of auditors and tax accountants are licensed in both Europe and the U.S. and we offer all of our services in both English and German.

Please call our office to schedule a meeting with our team.

For more Information: 
Andrea Luehmann, Ltd.
Thomas B. Richter, CPA
525 W Monroe St, Ste 2360
Chicago, IL 60661
Tel.: +1 312 669 1120
Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Your Trusted Legal Advisor

Barack Ferrazzano is a trusted legal advisor to some of the most reputable and iconic companies around the world. Our Firm is top ranked in both Chambers USA and U.S. News & Best Lawyers® / Best Law Firms, which recognize the top attorneys and law firms throughout the country. Our vision is to provide a comprehensive array of services while maintaining efficiency and flexibility. Our unique, streamlined platform encompasses a wide variety of legal services including mergers and acquisitions, U.S. subsidiary and joint venture formation, financings, trade secret protection, distribution and contract matters, intellectual property and commercial litigation and tax planning.

We understand it is essential to know our clients and their business in a deep and meaningful way, enabling us to help them achieve their business objectives. This business-oriented approach has led many clients to engage Barack Ferrazzano to handle their most complex, time-sensitive and high-stakes matters.

With more than 20 years of experience, Will Turner advises domestic and international clients in a wide range of industries. He advises Swiss clients on U.S. transactional and commercial matters and provides general counsel.

Key Contact
William E. Turner II
T. 312.629.7337
Bossard is an international engineering and logistics services company that specializes in supplying customers with the correct fasteners for their applications in their products. Bossard’s employees encompass Proven Productivity in their work ensuring our customers receive the highest quality in their products and services. Bossard’s three tier concept, Product Solutions, Application Engineering, and Smart Factory Logistics, provides customers with comprehensive support everywhere and locally. Brossard’s goal is to help customers reduce their hidden costs in fasteners and implement lean manufacturing to save them time and money.
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SABC Upcoming Events

December 7, 2016
Save the date for the 2016 Christmas Party and Fundraiser

SABC Past Events
August 10, 2016

August 2, 2016
Swiss National Day Reception August 2, 2016
March 8, 2016

SABC Member Event: Webinar: Greater Zurich Area - A Swiss Stepping Stone to Europe
March 16, 2016
SABC Annual Meeting 
February 1, 2016
Growing Our Economic Ties
January 20, 2016
Global Trade Outlook 2016
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