AMT has been active in the region for the last two decades and today is there to help members who need assistance or are less experienced in the region. Since 2006, our regional representation has been located in Warsaw, Poland. Warsaw offers good air connection to all regional centers, while Poland is the second most important economy of the region after Russia.
AMT regional representative, Hubert Sawicki, shares his professional life between Poland and the United Kingdom. He has commercial, business and legal training, linguistic skills, and proven experience in business management and business consultancy. In the past Hubert has worked primarily with manufacturers and users of machine tools and with tooling and manufacturing technology in general.
The Central and Eastern European office concentrates its activities in the following countries, ranked here by their present market importance: Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary. The developments in some other countries, such as Turkey, not a cEE country but a natural bridge between Europe and Asia, are also closely watched.
|Introduction to the Region of Central and Eastern Europe |
The region once conveniently called "The Eastern Block" is now populated by no less than 23 independent countries. The diversity in terms of culture and languages can surprise and even confuse visitors to the region. Some of this is rooted in the past. Bratislava, Budapest, Krakow (Poland), and Prague are the major cities of four countries in the geographical center of Europe and of similar historical development. Over the last decade or so the European Union has engulfed many of the Central European countries.
Moscow, St Petersburg, and Kiev are magnificent, world-oriented and nowadays rather affluent cities in Russia and Ukraine – countries in Eastern Europe, with a lot to offer in terms of business.
Telling Economic Indicators:
The relative economic weight of the selected countries can be highlighted by a couple of basic indicators, such as rising Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Foreign Direct Investments (FDI). These are good for CEE, and also show that figures for Russia are matching those for the markets of Brazil, India or Mexico.
Services for AMT Members
Regional distinctions, fragmentation of the market and its diversity, as well as the number of AMT members involved in business in the region, influence the activities of the CEE office. The focus is on the individual needs of a member. Our main task is to help members identify and understand their potential for business in manufacturing technology, to get a proper introduction to the market, and to establish and maintain relationships with partners in the market who are able to successfully assist in marketing of their product.
If requested, you can receive dedicated research and advice on any of the above countries for the potential of a given product, including a comparison against local and foreign competition.
Also, if requested, the office can assist in the preparation of customized itineraries for visits to CEE countries and in contacting potential partners and sparking their interest. In some cases Hubert is available to accompany members on their travels (travel & accommodation “at cost” provided by the member) to cover language, local specifics and occasional unexpected situations. This service has been of particular value when members have ventured into Russia.
In recent times a number of member companies have established themselves successfully in the region with the assistance of the AMT Central and Eastern Europe office. Contact Hubert at email@example.com to learn how you can get started in joining them today!
Regional Trade Fairs and Shows
Exhibitions, trade fairs and shows remain important venues for getting companies promoted in Central and Eastern Europe. While nearly every country of the region stages an event related to manufacturing technology, a few of them, in Poland, Czech Republic and Russia, offer the best return on investment of participation. View descriptions of the top venues.
Aviation Expo Day & B2B Meeting - Rzeszow (Poland) In May the Aviation Valley of Poland, the first and largest aerospace cluster in Central and Eastern Europe, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky and United Technologies among them www.dolinalotnicza.pl stages a popular show, an opportunity to meet top executives of all manufacturers of the cluster, involved in engineering and procurement, and to learn about their current and prospective needs. Date to be announced.
Metalloobrabotka Trade Show - Moscow - June 16-20, 2014
AMT had an information stand at the most renown all-Russian metalworking show in Moscow. According to organizers, the 2012 event was the largest ever, and 15 AMT members had their machines and equipment on display during the show. AMT will organize a seminar for interested members in 2013. This will be an opportunity to promote technology/innovation.Useful Links & File Downloads
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
European Investment Bank (EIB)
US Commercial Service
Trade shows in Central and Eastern Europe