SABC Winter Newsletter 2019
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Welcome to our New SABC Corporate Members!

We welcome NGL and its Managing Director François Benis as a new Corporate Member. NGL formulates, manufactures and markets chemical products, primarily water-based, for inter-operational cleaning and surface preparation but also for the treatment of industrial wastewater. A team of experts develops custom made processes and equipment that meet your requirements and specifications. At NGL, innovation is a commitment, fueled by the strengths and dynamism of our company!

We welcome The Schlatter Group and its
General Manager Ronnie Meiers as a new Corporate Member. The Schlatter Group is a world leader in plant manufacturing, providing resistance welding systems for specific industrial solutions as well as weaving and finishing machines for paper machine clothing, wire cloth and mesh. Thanks to our extensive industrial engineering expertise, our spirit of innovation and our reliable customer service, we are able to offer our customers superior manufacturing systems.

We welcome Tornos as a new Corporate Member. 
Tornos is one of the global leaders for the development, production and distribution of Swiss-type automatic lathes and multi-spindle machines. The company’s history dates back to 1880, placing Tornos at the beginning of Swiss-type lathe technology. The Group primarily manufactures CNC Swiss-type (sliding headstock) turning machines, multi-spindle machines, and machining centers for complex parts requiring high precision. Tornos is headquartered in Moutier, Switzerland. Through a global sales and service network, unique solutions are supplied to customers in dedicated market segments such as automotive, medical and dental technology, micromechanics, and electronics.

We welcome Steptoe and its Partner William E. Turner II as a new Corporate Member. 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, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington. For more information, visit

We welcome Thompson Hine LLP and its Partner Frank D. Chaiken as a new Corporate Member. Thompson Hine LLP, a full-service business law firm with approximately 400 lawyers in 8 offices, represents Swiss businesses on legal matters related to their US operations. The firm, widely recognized for its innovative approach to service delivery, was ranked number 1 in the category “Most innovative North American law firms: New Working Models” by The Financial Times and was one of seven firms shortlisted nationally for The American Lawyer’s inaugural Legal Services Innovation Award. The firm’s commitment to innovation is embodied in Thompson Hine SmartPaTH® – a smarter way to work – predictable, efficient and aligned with client goals.
SABC's Annual Fundraiser and Christmas Dinner 2018
On December 6, 2018, the SABC hosted its annual SABC Christmas Dinner and Fundraiser at the elegant Peninsula Hotel Chicago. As always, this event was a wonderful way to network with leading Swiss business persons and companies located in the Chicagoland and Midwest region. We would like to once again thank the event sponsors and donors of items for the silent auction. The sponsors’ and donors’ support were invaluable to the success of the event. For more pictures of the event, please visit SABC gallery.
Winner of the 2018 SABC Swiss Innovation Award

BIG KAISER Precision Tooling Inc.
For the EWE Fine Boring Heads

SABC congratulates BIG KAISER on winning the 2018 SABC Swiss Innovation Award. The winning products are the EWE fine boring heads that feature a digital display to show incremental movement of the cutting edge. They use Bluetooth technology to wirelessly connect to the BIG KAISER app. When used together, application information is combined with data from the boring head to show the expected output from the tool and guide operators to make a diameter correction based on the tolerance and the last measured bore produced by the tool. Color-coded dimensions give operators a visual cue when the tool is back in tolerance and ready to continue production, decreasing the risk of adjustment errors. The range of EWE boring heads has been expanded to include ultra-small diameter boring heads, completing the system for all sizes of tools. Learn more.

The other finalists were

LNS for the e-connect Ethernet communications system  between CNC machines and Bar Loaders. More information click here.

Heule Tool (logo) for the BSF Tool, an automated tool for back spotfacing and back couterboring in high volume production. More information click here.
About the SABC's Innovation Initiative: At the heart of the intersection of Switzerland’s leadership in Innovation, the huge economic potential that the Midwest offers and the SABC Mission statement lies the SABC Innovation Initiative. The SABC aspires to create a hub and strengthen Swiss Innovation in Chicago and the Midwest. As part of our initiative we have created the SABC Innovation Award. This award is in recognition of a new product, service or process that created a breakthrough and a meaningful impact in the market or society, has strengthened the Swiss American business relationship and has been launched in the last 3 years.
Young Professionals Meeting on
Saturday, February 2, 2019

6:30 pm Cocktail Hour (cash bar)
7:30 pm Cheese Fondue Dinner & Dessert
prepared by Chef Johann

Edgebrook Lutheran Church
5252 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60646

This meeting of the young professionals of the Swiss-American business community will be held during the Annual Fondue evening of our partner organization the Swiss Club Chicago. The purpose of this meeting is to provide the opportunity to network while enjoying traditional Swiss cheese fondue & dessert!

Attendance fee is at the special rate of $30 (payment instructions will be provided upon registration). Registration by January 30, 2019 is required.
You are cordially invited to the2019 SABC Annual Members Meeting and an SABC Innovation Initiative Event

on Wednesday March13, 2019graciously hosted by Sonova USA Inc. 
444 N. Commerce St., Aurora, IL 60504

From 6:00pm to 8:45pm, with a reception followed by a light dinner.

The number of spaces is limited.

Our host, Michael Walther, Senior Director of Operations and Finance with Sonova USA Inc., will, together with his team, give a presentation and also provide a tour of their facility for the attendees

Sonova USA Inc. is a global leader in the development and manufacturing of state-of-the-art hearing systems for over 70 years. They are passionate about innovating and designing hearing solutions for children and adults with hearing loss in the most challenging of listening environments. They continuously challenge the limits of technology by developing new solutions in order to create a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing.

At the SABC Annual Meeting, the SABC Members in attendance will be asked to vote on the proposed 2019-2020 Board of Directors of the SABC.  A list of the proposed members of the Board of Directors together with their respective background information will be provided in advance.

Please RSVP by Wednesday March 13, 2019 to
The number of spaces is limited.
A reliable partner in plant construction
The Schlatter Group is a world leader in plant manufacturing for resistance welding systems for specialized solution if the field as well as weaving and finishing machines for paper machine clothing, wire and mesh.

With our long-standing expertise in industrial engineering, our spirit of innovation and our reliable customer service we offer our customers high-performance and high-quality manufacturing systems.

Experience in plant design
Combining the know-how of welding, weaving and industrial engineering, makes the Schlatter Group a strong force in engineering and among the Swiss listed enterprises. 

In the welding segment, we develop and build resistance welding systems for the production of industrial and reinforcing mesh as well as rail welding. 

In the weaving segment, we build weaving and finishing machines for paper machine clothing, as well as wire fabric and mesh under our Jäger brand.

Global presence
Our organization is designed to ensure that Schlatter is as close as possible to our customers and their markets. With production facilities in Switzerland, Germany and Brazil and subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Asia, we are always close to our customers all around the world. Our local presence ensures that we are always where you need us.

Schlatter Industries AG
Brandstrasse 24
8952 Schlieren / ZH
T +41 44 732 71 11
F +41 732 45 50
Ski school for everyone

Isn’t ski school just for beginners? Not at all. The snow sports instructors at Swiss Ski Schools are ready to prove the contrary by showing you the latest tricks and the best slopes. Learn to ski in 3 days – regardless whether you are a beginner, returner or even an experience skier! Come to the Swiss Ski Schools and experience it for yourselves. And we saved the best for last: If we are not able to keep our guest promise the Swiss Ski Schools offer guests a repeat course, completely free of charge.

Bossard SmartLocker is a fully automated, highly intelligent and access controlled inventory system, ideal for storing your consumables and high value items. The stored items can only be accessed by RFID recognition allowing full access- and usage-control. Moreover, SmartLocker automatically informs you on replenishment needs and all relevant inventory data is transmitted to the ARIMS operation dashboard.
Administration Moves Toward Strengthening Export Control and Investment Restrictions on ‘Emerging Technologies’

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), in late November 2018,  took another step to implement the expanded authority of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) by publishing a Federal Register notice soliciting public comments on how the U.S. government should regulate the export of “emerging technologies.”  Under the Export Controls Reform Act of 2018 (ECRA) and the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), “emerging and foundational technologies” will be subject to additional export controls and will expand CFIUS's authority to review foreign investments in U.S. companies that produce or develop these technologies. 
BIS regulates the export of “dual-use” and less sensitive military items through the Commerce Control List (CCL) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  Section 1758 of the ECRA, enacted in August 2018 as a part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, requires BIS to establish “appropriate controls” for the export, re-export, or in-country transfer of “emerging and foundational technologies” that “are essential to the national security of the United States” but are not yet subject to U.S. export controls. For more information, click here.
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, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington.
If you have questions about CFIUS risk in potential US transactions or Steptoe’s capabilities, contact SABC board member Will Turner, who joined Steptoe in November 2018. 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.

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.
Andreas Holder – Local Expertise, Global Inspiration
Are you representing a Swiss company thinking of buying property in Chicago? Are you relocating to Chicago from another country or city and in need of a new home?

As a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS)® I am your local resource for everything you need for a successful real estate transaction.

Buying property as a foreigner in Chicago can be overwhelming – you need a trusted advisor who speaks your language and who is familiar with local laws.

If you would like to find out more about special requirements for foreigners buying property in the U.S. or need practical advice how to move a household from one continent to another, I have the resources to guide you.

To read more about the services I provide, visit or contact me for a free consultation!
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

SABC Upcoming Events

February 2, 2019: SABC Young Professionals Meeting.
March 13, 2019: SABC Annual Members Meeting and an SABC Innovation Initiative Event.