Automation Alley's Trade Mission to China and Thailand

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Name: Automation Alley's Trade Mission to China and Thailand
Date: September 13, 2019 - September 21, 2019
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

Automation Alley invites small and medium-sized Michigan businesses to join its trade mission to Guangzhou and Shenzhen, China and Bangkok, Thailand to discover how we can help you expand your business to these thriving overseas markets.

Did you know U.S. exports to China continue to outpace export growth to the rest of the world? Exports have grown by 86% over the last decade compared to only 21% to the rest of the world. China is Michigan’s third largest export market, with $3.5 billion of goods and services sold in 2018. U.S. good exports to China in 2018 were $120 billion. In Thailand, U.S. export sales reached $12.5 billion in 2018, an increase of more than 30% in the past decade.

In 2016, Michigan shipped $515 million in goods and services to Thailand, primarily transportation equipment and information technology. As the "Detroit of Asia," Thailand serves as an automotive hub.

Automation Alley's trade missions includes five-star hotels, in-country transportation, matchmaking meetings, interpreters, inter-country flight, business briefings, and a U.S. Embassy reception. International airfare is not included. Be sure to ask us about the State Trade Expansion Promotion Program (STEP) to see if your company qualifies for funding.

Participation is limited to 10 companies. The deadline to register is June 28. The cost to participate is $3,600 for Automation Alley members and $4,600 for non-members and may be subject to change based on availability.

Why Join our Trade Mission:

  • Matchmaking meetings will place you directly in touch with potential business partners and buyers or end users of your products, services and technologies
  • Attend business receptions and meet with government officials and business leaders who will share their firsthand insights about the opportunities and challenges of doing business in China and Thailand
  • Automation Alley trade missions are results driven having generated $1.2 billion in export sales for company participants, while creating 6,400 local jobs (direct and indirect).
  • Automation Alley received the President’s “E Star” Award for Export Service (2013) and the President’s “E” Award for Export Service (2008), the nation’s highest and most prestigious awards granted to export service providers in recognition of significant contributions to increasing American exports.

To register or for more information, contact Automation Alley’s International Business Services Manager Lisa Lasser at 248-457-3283 or

This trade mission is supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Event Sponsors:
China: Guangzhou and Shenzhen
Thailand: Bangkok
Date/Time Information:
Trade Mission Dates: Sept. 16-20, 2019
Travel Dates: Sept. 13-21, 2019
Registration Deadline: June 28, 2019
Contact Information:
Contact Automation Alley's International Business Services Manager Lisa Lasser at 248-457-3283 or
Member Price:  $3,600
Non Member Price:  $4,600
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