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Doing Business in Australia and New Zealand

December 14, 2023
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Doing Business in Australia and New Zealand


Automation invites all companies interested in the Australia and New Zealand trade mission to attend its Doing Business in Australia and New Zealand conference. This event will provide a detailed overview of the economies of both countries, a panel discussion with trade experts on how to enter their markets, and a Q&A session with trade representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan State Expansion Program (MI-STEP). Refreshments and coffee will be provided.

Down Under

Australia, bound by the Australia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) since 2005, offers a remarkable advantage with 99% of U.S. exports entering duty-free. As the largest foreign investor in Australia, the U.S. boasts over 1400 companies operating there, positioning Australia as a crucial component in the diversification strategies of U.S. manufacturers.

In parallel, New Zealand is also a key destination on this trade mission. As the U.S.'s third-largest trade partner in the region, New Zealand holds a strong position with extensive free-trade agreements with Australia, China, and the countries of ASEAN. Boasting the top rank globally for ease of doing business according to the World Bank, New Zealand's per capita GDP places it among the wealthiest nations. Despite agriculture being the backbone of its economy, New Zealand showcases robust manufacturing and services sectors.

This trade mission presents an unparalleled opportunity for businesses to tap into these thriving markets, fostering economic growth and international collaborations. Join us on this remarkable journey, connecting your business with opportunities Down Under.


11:30 a.m.Welcome and Introductions

Mr. Noel H. Nevshehir, Director of International Business Services and Global Strategic Partnerships; and Ms. Lisa Lasser, Manager of International Business Services, Automation Alley-Troy, Michigan

11:45 a.m. Overview and Update on Australia’s Economy

Mr. Chris Knepler, Commissioner, Trade and Investment Commissioner-Chicago, Illinois

12:15 p.m. Panel Discussion and Case Studies on How to Successfully Enter Australia’s Market

Mr. Carl Hobson, Chief Executive Officer, Oasis Advanced Engineering-Auburn Hills, Michigan

Mr. Gianluca Romano, Director of Global Strategy and Growth, Focus Business Solutions, Inc.-Taylor, Michigan

Ms. Weiwei Lu, CGBP, International Trade Development Manager, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), State of Michigan-Lansing, Michigan 

1:00 p.m. International Trade Support for Michigan Companies Through the Michigan State Expansion Program (MI-STEP)

Mr. Jacob Schroeder,  International Trade Development Manager, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), State of Michigan-Lansing, Michigan

1:10 p.m.      Open Discussion and Questions & Answers

1:30 p.m.      Conference Adjourns


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Thursday, December 14, 2023

11:30 AM - 01:30 PM

Automation Alley 2675 Bellingham,

Troy, MI, 48083, United States

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