Global // World Economic Forum

The Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB) for Michigan is a multi-stakeholder collaborative ecosystem focused on positioning Michigan as a global leader for advanced manufacturing, established jointly by Automation Alley and the World Economic Forum, which runs the Global AMHUB Network.

Global // World Economic Forum

AMHUB for the World Economic Forum.

AMHUB is based at Automation Alley’s headquarters in Troy, Mich. and will be connected globally through the World Economic Forum, the Switzerland-based international organization for public-private cooperation that engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Why it Matters.

The World Economic Forum has recognized that Michigan has maintained the highest level of engineering talent post-recession relative to other states and, through recent collaborations, has consistently witnessed a shared engagement among manufacturers on matters of critical importance to Michigan’s future manufacturing leadership.

Michigan has an innovative spirit that defined the state’s manufacturing industry for decades. However, while numerous Michigan manufacturers have taken steps to adopt smart technologies on their factory floors, no one company, organization or entity can single-handedly create an environment to ensure its future position as a global leader. Partnerships between players throughout industries and sectors drive innovation. As technology increasingly disrupts existing industries and creates new products, services and business models, the AMHUB Network will be critical to ensure that favorable policies and investments are in place to support advanced manufacturing.

International Business Center

We provide 90 days of complimentary soft-landing space for foreign companies to use a home base while exploring opportunities to do business in southeast Michigan. We offer meeting rooms that are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, as well as open desk space for all your daily work needs.

Our facility is fully furnished and includes Wi-Fi and printing capabilities. Long term leasing options are also available for businesses looking to go past the complimentary 90 days.

Automation Alley’s International Business Center is staffed by experts who are ready to help your business establish a fully functioning hub here in Michigan. In addition to introductions to our regional partners, we would be happy to provide referrals for legal, banking, IT, and other needs.

International Trade

Automation Alley has been involved in leading international trade missions for 20 years. Our goal is to assist small to medium sized companies in Michigan export their products and services around the globe. Automation Alley has organized over 40 trade missions with over 400 participating companies, including economic development organizations since 2001.

Get results:

Automation Alley trade missions have helped create or retain over 8,500 jobs and have generated over $1.6 billion in export sales. Trade is critical to fueling economic growth in our state and allows companies to expand their markets and services not otherwise available domestically. Trade creates stronger, more sustainable Michigan companies with traditionally higher paying salaries.

Meet the right people:

Each trade mission participant receives one-on-one business appointments with interested distributors, agents, and end-users. Trade missions are an excellent way for companies to visit international markets as part of an organized group with like minded business people.

Learn from the experts:

Attend business receptions and meet with government officials and business leaders who share their firsthand insights about the opportunities and challenges of doing business.

Award winning trade program:

Through our trade program, Automation Alley is the only organization in history win win the President's "E Star" Award, receiving it in 2008 (Then known as the "E" award), 2013, and now in 2021. The E Star Award is the nation’s most prestigious international trade awards granted in recognition of success in promoting U.S. exports overseas while producing new jobs at home.

For more information, please email Lisa Lasser –

Upcoming Trade Missions:

India 2023 (Jan 2023)

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