Innovation Days

Detroit - Chicago - Rockford

June 25th – 29th 2018
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Event Info

Click HERE to register by JUNE 18, 2018

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Event Purpose

2020 the year analysts predict the United States will surpass China and Germany to once again become the #1 manufacturing powerhouse in the world.

Four key factors will spur the US to the number one position: automation and innovation; growth of green energy policies; infrastructure investment; and the relaunch of Made in USA. The United States is investing in technology with strategic initiatives, such as Ma

nufacturing USA, to bring the country back to a position of leadership in the manufacturing sector and through new models of collaboration between companies and researchers. New opportunities are being made available for companies supplying innovative machinery and equipment, as well as for research centers and universities involved in the development of new technologies.

Considering this forecast and with the aim of increasing the number of opportunities for Italian companies, the Italian Trade Agency will organize its first INNOVATION DAY initiative to take place in Detroit, Chicago, and Rockford the week of June 25th to June 29th, 2018. The Innovation Day initiative aims to reaffirm Italy’s position as a top solution provider to the US while encouraging engagements between some of Italy’s leading companies and universities to create and or further enhance existing partnerships with their US counterparts in commercial and research areas.

Among the highlights of a week-long program for the Italian delegates there will be a conference and two occasions to meet USA counterparts. 

    • In Detroit, Michigan, on June 26th, the Agency together with its local and Italian partners will host a thought leadership conference on a number of topics related to the two target sector. Panelists from universities, associations and companies as well as from governmental agencies are confirming their contribution to the schedule
    • In Rockford, Illinois, in the morning of June 29th, a second occasion to take part in customized one-to-one meetings is being offered.
Attendance and matchmaking services are free of charge. A registration is needed to attend, please reserve your seat by clicking here. For all details please look at the agenda.

The objectives of Innovation Days are:


This initiative is the result of an extensive collaboration developed between the Agency, with the support of Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development, leading Italian manufacturing associations, research centers and universities, and USA counterparts such as the National Institute for Standards and Technology, the National Science Foundation and distinguished universities, focused on advanced manufacturing and automotive related research.