SABC Spring Newsletter 2019
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Welcome to our New SABC Corporate Member!

We welcome elipsLife and its U.S. CEO Eric Herbelin and Head of Sales US Managing Director Paige Edwards as a new Corporate Member. elipsLife is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swiss Re providing Life and Disability insurance as well as Absence Management services in the US and Europe. Our US business is headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, serving clients with a national footprint. Our target market starts at 500 employees and is focused on mid to large sized employer groups. We are guided by our corporate values of: flexibility, speed, innovation, win-win solutions, and customer focus. Our goal is to achieve maximum client satisfaction by providing outstanding service and we do this through our unique combination of entrepreneurial growth and cost leadership backed by the financial strength of Swiss Re.
The 2018 SABC Annual Members Meeting 
The 2019 SABC Annual Members Meeting and SABC Innovation Initiative Event at Sonova was a memorable event. We learned more about Sonova’s innovative products during a fascinating tour of their facility. For more pictures of the event, please visit the SABC's photo gallery
As part of our Innovation Initiative, the Swiss-American Business Council co-sponsored the Opening Session and Reception of the UIC School of Design's Design Conference
Impressions from an interesting panel on design migrations between Switzerland and the US. We enjoyed meeting the panelists and networking at the following SABC co-sponsored reception. For more pictures of the event, please visit the SABC's photo gallery
Grand Opening and 60th US Anniversary of Tornos Technologies US Corporation
SABC members were invited to Tornos Technologies US Corporation’s Grand Opening and 60th US Anniversary. It was great to learn more about Tornos and its products during a tour of its new facility. For more pictures of the event, please visit the SABC's photo gallery. ​

SABC Upcoming Events:
Thursday, August 1, 2019: Swiss National Day Reception.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019: SABC Christmas Dinner and Fundraiser
GF Machining Solutions Leads the Way for Innovation
Advancing the Aerospace Industry:
GF Machining Solutions and 3D Systems are bringing game-changing metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) to the booming aerospace market, as evidenced by the DMP Factory 500. This workflow-optimized metal AM printing solution enables seamless large parts, increased quality and lower total cost of ownership for aerospace original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers.

With over a half a century of expertise and key aerospace machining technologies, GF Machining Solutions keeps aerospace OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers, maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) partners and other contract manufacturers soaring high above the competition. Learn more:

Unlimited Possibilities: On Wednesday, April 10th, GF Machining Solutions North America unveiled the latest in their portfolio of laser texturing machines — the Laser S series. With over 60 participants in attendance, the machine was unveiled by Scott Fosdick, president of GF Machining Solutions North America, and Yvan Meyer, Head of Laser Texturing for GF Machining Solutions. This new series of machines provides a highly efficient, fully digital, all-in-one Laser texturing solution to help designers and manufacturers achieve quality textures without compromising productivity. 

The LASER S series empowers designers to perfectly apply their designs to challenging surfaces and enable manufacturers to execute innovative graining into complex 3D shapes while controlling quality and cost per part, reducing lead-time and machining time. For more information, visit:
BIG KAISER Presents Annual Donation to NRL 
During NTMA’s annual meeting in Tucson, Chris Kaiser, president/CEO of BIG KAISER, presented a donation for $6,675 to benefit the NTMA’s National Robotics League (NRL). This was an increase of more than 27 percent over the prior year. 

The donation was the result of a year-end promotion, giving back to the association a percentage of every order by an NTMA or AMT member company. Manufacturers placed orders for cutting tools, tool holders, work holding and tool measurement systems, earning funds for the NRL at the same time. 

“We all know it is critical for us to engage the next generation in manufacturing at the company, community and national levels,” explains Mr. Kaiser. “This year-end promotion is one way for BIG KAISER to show support for the NTMA and to promote workforce development and STEM programs.”

“The NRL is all about the community collaborating together to engage manufacturing's next generation. We truly appreciate BIG KAISER's generous contribution and their continued leadership in supporting initiatives to close the manufacturing skills gap,” said Bill Padnos, NTMA workforce development manager. “We are also grateful to all of the NTMA members who participated in this program.” 

The NRL is a manufacturing workforce development program of the National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) where students design and build remote-controlled robots (Bots) to face-off in a gladiator-style competition. Through the manufacturing process of Bot building, students’ imaginations are captured as they design, build and compete with their own robotic creations. 

Tornos Technologies US Corp. announces new President 
Tornos Technologies US Corporation, technology leader for Swiss-type automatic lathes and multi-spindle machines, has appointed Daniel Maerklin as its new President as of February 1, 2019.

Mr. Maerklin has worked in the last 14 years in the machine tool and metal-processing industries, including two German-based manufacturers. The bulk of his market experience has been with job shops and industrial segments in the US such as medical, automotive and heavy equipment. Daniel Maerklin moved to the US more than 10 years ago, first working for TRUMPF Inc. as Key Accounts Manager (2009–2014) and from 2014 onward as President of the US subsidiary of a German global supplier of machine tools and accessories in Chicago. 

Daniel Maerklin brings strong leadership and market knowledge to Tornos Technologies US Corp. 

For more information contact:
Tornos Technologies US Corp.
200 E. Howard Avenue, Suite 220
Des Plaines, IL 60018
HEULE AG Representative visits U.S. Subsidiary
On a recent visit from HEULE Werkzeug AG in Balgach, Switzerland, Werner Zwicky (far right), visited North American subsidiary HEULE Tool Corporation in Loveland, OH. After hours, the group enjoyed Happy Hour at a local restaurant, strengthening Swiss-American relations and toasting to a successful business year for the manufacturer of precision Swiss cutting tools. Zwicky is the key account manager for aircraft accounts and was visiting the U.S. to meet with HEULE’s customers in the aircraft manufacturing industry. HEULE was founded in Switzerland in 1961 by Heinrich Heule and continues as a family company now run by his son, Ulf Heule. The company expanded into the U.S. in 1988 by establishing the North American subsidiary and now has expanded worldwide with additional subsidiaries in China, Korea, and Germany. For more information about the company, visit 
 Fracht: A Future of Growth

Aid & Relief
In early February, Fracht had the opportunity to be a part of a GRV Globals’s Action on Disaster Relief forum in San Jose, Costa Rica. Fracht representatives Lupita McGregor & Walter Groeli were able to network with others in attendance and discussed the topic of logistics at a round table discussion. They brought their knowledge and expertise of logistics to the table, while simultaneously learning about the other facts of logistics within the disaster relief industry. This forum exposed the amount of moving parts involved in disaster relief and what it takes to really combat and help in these cases.

We feel that we have only reaped benefits from this forum. The next steps are to follow up and make sure that the investment and dedication Fracht has to Aid&Relief is known to the public. The area of aid and relief is not only a way to grow business and relationships with other industries, but more importantly - it is a way for Fracht to be a part of something great, and truly give back to the world and those in need!

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In the coming weeks, the Trump Administration will submit legislation to Congress to implement the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), designed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Although the USMCA carries over a number of NAFTA’s important market-opening elements, it also introduces a number of changes that carry potentially significant implications for business planning across many sectors.

The USMCA includes new rules to promote and protect trade in cutting-edge commercial areas such as digital trade and advanced pharmaceuticals. It also generally incorporates the latest approaches from recent US trade agreements on regulatory policies, labor standards, and environmental protection and conservation to promote competitive markets and avoid a “race to the bottom.”  However, the USMCA departs from past trade agreements in that it limits the potential for binding and enforceable dispute settlement decisions, and instead moves toward the use of US trade laws and economic leverage to promote compliance.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP has prepared this helpful guide to the USMCA.

In more than 100 years of practice, Steptoe has earned an international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before governmental agencies, successful advocacy in litigation and arbitration, and creative and practical advice in structuring business transactions. Steptoe has more than 500 lawyers and other professional staff across offices in Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington.

If you have questions about the USMCA or Steptoe’s capabilities, contact SABC board member Will Turner. Will has more than 20 years’ experience advising domestic and international companies in a wide range of industries on U.S. commercial and transactional matters.
Switzerland - a Hiker's Paradise
Thanks to over 40,000 miles of way-marked trails, virtually every corner of Switzerland is waiting to be discovered. The paths are well marked and offer different degrees of difficulty. Switzerland might be landlocked but there's a lot of water. Explore exciting hikes around lakes, along rivers and passing waterfalls.

For years now, NGL has been one of the leading suppliers of cleaning and decoating chemicals for PVD/CVD applications. The development of a dedicated range of products for cleaning, the Vacukleen Line, has put NGL in a position of technological leader worldwide.
NGL has also been focusing these past few years on the improvement of working safety for decoating operations, and has developed Uniceral 208 in substitution of Uniceral 108 and Ceraltin 211 in substitution of Ceraltin 111:
  • Uniceral 208 is especially suitable for decoating cutting, milling and hobbing tools with titanium- and Aluminum-based PVD/CVD coatings on carbide and HSS substrates but also on different other substrates.
  • Ceraltin 211 is especially suitable for decoating cutting, milling and hobbing tools with silicon- and Aluminum-based PVD/CVD coatings, on carbide substrates but also on different other substrates.
Uniceral 208 shows strong benefits compared to Uniceral 108 or any other chemical decoating solution available:
  • Reduction of hydrogen fluoride gas by at least 75%
  • Decrease of condensate build-up to nearly 100%
  • Low risk of cobalt leaching
Ceraltin 211 shows strong benefits compared to Ceraltin 111:
  • Massive reduction of condensate build-up to nearly 100%
  • Considerable reduction of crystallization of condensate
  • Very important reduction of precipitation on the bottom of the decoating tank
  • Safer handling of the used bath
  • Low risk of cobalt leaching
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For over 160 years, Röhlig has mastered the growing complexity of global freight forwarding. 
By combining the professional competence of a large enterprise with a family-owned company’s virtues and values, we have successfully asserted ourselves on the logistics market. Based on our global network, we create tailor-made solutions to improve our client’s logistics processes.

The core business of this owner-run family company founded in Bremen in 1852 is intercontinental sea freight and air freight. In addition, we provide complex services in the fields of project logistics and contract logistics. 

We are pleased to announce our direct Hamburg to New York & Chicago LCL service. With the establishment of this service offering; we aim to provide our clients with a full suite of services including import and export LCL consolidation. This service provides a solid solution for our Swiss clients using Hamburg as our consolidation gateway. Röhlig continues to add to our portfolio to enhance our customers experience and by launching this service, aims to provide a personalized service were we strive to exceed our customers’ expectations. Our new product helps our clients with Weekly direct service,Faster transit and reliable service,Professional customer service,Competitive rates,Direct consolidation services,State of the art CFS for handling of cargo, & Express availability at destination available on request. For further inquiries please reach out to #Oneteam #Onenetwork
As an integrated professional services firm, Rödl & Partner is active at 111 wholly owned locations in 51 countries. Rödl & Partner USA has specifically tailored our accounting, auditing, tax and business consulting services to the unique needs of your foreign owned business in the United States of America. For more than 40 years our core practice has been serving the accounting and tax needs of primarily German speaking and other foreign owned “Mittelstand” companies operating in the U.S. As the preferred accounting, auditing, tax and business consulting professional services firm of German speaking entities, you will benefit from the extensive experience of our U.S. certified public accountants as well as our bilingual staff of professionals, many whom also carry international certifications (StB, WP, CA). Whether you are just starting up in the U.S. market or you have an established presence here, our services are designed to efficiently assist you in dealing with the often complex matters facing today’s foreign owned business operating in the U.S. Our approach is simple, it is designed with your needs and expectations in mind, with a single point of contact and a professional team formed around your professional services and language expectations.
EROWA Technology, based in Arlington Heights, IL., is a full service supplier of palletization and automation systems for the North American manufacturing market. Our goal is to provide complete turnkey solutions for precision parts handling through most any group of manufacturing processes (from one type of machine to the next). We are capable of providing a simple manual palletization system or a fully integrated, custom designed workholding and automation system to meet the current needs and expectations of our customers.

In the market segments of precision mechanics, tool- and mold-making, as well as chip-cutting production, we offer concepts and products that provide customers with considerable optimization possibilities throughout the whole range of machining processes. Primarily, we achieve this through comprehensive knowledge of the application of our products, through individual and customized consultation, and through the use of our Flexible Manufacturing Concept (FMC), which cover the following four areas:

- Standardization (tooling system, tooling technology)
- Organization (setting-up, presetting and measuring technologies)
- Automation (loading/unloading technologies)
- Integration (process sequence, process control and planning technologies)

EROWA Technology, Inc.
2535 S. Clearbrook Dr.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005