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Digital-Nation | Germany and it's opportunities

Join us to learn from industry leaders about the fast-moving digital landscape and market opportunities in the German market.

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Tue 17 May 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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HSBC Tower | Level 14 | Wilson Room, 188 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

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Digital-Nation | Germany and it's opportunities

NZ has long been the world’s farm. Yet two years into supply chain snarls and sky rocketing transport costs, the digital sector is offering “Made in New Zealand” without the traditional overheads, and quickly turning into a major export for New Zealand.

The German government is striving to ensure that Germany remains at the cutting technological edge of the development of this economy. In fact, 75% of German companies have digitalization strategies, actively shaping the global change in production processes and value chains through the use of innovative digital technologies - offering exciting cooperation opportunities for international companies. ©GTAI

In this Techweek special event, we are joining forces with Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) to showcase the latest on Germany’s Digital Transformation in areas like Fintech, Healthtech, Smart Farming and AI. GTAI is Germany’s economic development agency and assists and advises international companies setting up a business presence in Germany.

We have invited expert speakers from Beckhoff, Centrix, Kaptura and more to share the latest in digital transformation with you. If you are interested in the fast-moving digital landscape and would like to know more about market opportunities and gaps in the German market— this event is for you!

Keen on exploring your options in Germany? We can arrange an exclusive one on one meeting with GTAI Australiasian Director, Heiko Stumpf. Let us know when registering, or email admin@germantrade.co.nz to book.


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Arno Ferreira

Technical Sales Engineer at Beckhoff

Arno works with leading companies in the automation industry on the strategic planning and system design for one off and continuous run production automation implementations. He continues to expand the Beckhoff brand in a variety of sectors including Agritech, manufacturing, and academia.

Prior to Beckhoff, Arno worked in product commercialization and project management roles managing cross-functional initiatives within technology, aviation, and manufacturing sectors. His experience spans across the project delivery and commercialization sectors with a specialty in the design and implementation of additive manufacturing in the commercial environment.

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Heiko Stumpf

Director at GTAI

Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. The organisation informs and advises international companies setting up business in Germany. Furthermore, the GTAI supports German-based businesses seeking to expand in international markets with up-to-the-minute foreign trade information.

In Australia, GTAI is represented by Heiko Stumpf. Heiko Stumpf has been working for Germany Trade & Invest in Sydney since August 2018. In addition to attracting investors for the German market, he reports on business opportunities in Australia and New Zealand for German companies. This includes market reports about various sectors such as mining, construction, agribusiness or energy.

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Michael Feiner

Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Wellington

Michael Feiner is currently deputy head of mission at the German embassy in Wellington. Previous postings include Angola, the permanent mission to the UN in New York, Brazil and Malaysia. He worked as child protection officer for UNICEF in Myanmar and served as ambassador in Niger and consul general in Kolkata/India. Michael trained as physician and holds an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School as well as a diploma in humanitarian assistance from Liverpool. 

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Stefan Mayer

Managing Director of Centrix Consulting

Stefan Mayer is the Managing Director of Centrix Consulting, a company that uses the time difference between Germany and New Zealand to perform SAP system administration. Stefan has worked for firms such as Bosch and Schwarz Pharma, as well as studying Business Economics at the University of Applied Science. Stefan Mayer has always been adventurous, so it's no wonder that the Cologne entrepreneur and his family wanted to relocate to New Zealand to make their dream a reality.


His business concept was to use the time difference between Europe and New Zealand to provide SAP assistance to European enterprises at night.

What happened after that is history. Centrix now employs 30 people and has its headquarters in Hamilton, New Zealand, as well as a local office in Cologne.

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Mark Singh

Founder and CEO – Kaptura Limited and Intelligent Supply Chain Evangelist

Mark is passionate about accelerating adoption of Industry4.0 technologies in ANZ region. With Kaptura, he is spearheading introduction of a digital platform; targeted to transform the traditional supply chain model by providing a digital foundation that underpins intelligent supply chains of future. He has experience of over 30 years as an accomplished supply chain professional working with global businesses. He has been a member of operations leadership teams and an IT governance board with a FTSE10 company.

Over last 2 years, he has helped several companies in facilitating rapid capability build for business continuity and resilience through myriad of supply chain crises and has a vantage view of its impacts.


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