Join Scottish Enterprise’s technology trade mission to Munich to learn about business opportunities in Bavaria!



Why mobility and transport in Bavaria?

This south German region is one of Europe’s leading economies. With a population of 12.8 million and a GDP three times that of Scotland; it’s an attractive market for Scottish technology companies looking for trade and business partnership opportunities.

The region is renowned for its automotive sector with world-leading OEMs such as BMW, which has both a global HQ and production facilities in Bavaria. The local supply industry, with 1100 companies, has a turnover of over 100 billion Euros and 200,000 directly employed. The ICT sector in Bavaria is also huge with 380,000 people working in 20,000 companies, including Siemens and IBM.

The mobility sector in Munich is fast-growing as automotive and transport companies such as BMW – which produces two million cars a year – responds to changes in customer demand and increased international competition. As a result, Munich is now Germany’s centre for the mobility sector. The main mobility topics for Bavaria are:

  • Autonomous and electric vehicle technologies – applications and sensors
  • Connected vehicles – user experience in the car
  • Alternative fuels – efficiency as well as storage technology
  • Shared and on-demand mobility – car sharing and multimodal transport
  • Artificial intelligence and data – focus on business models to monetise data

Trade mission Programme

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Informal welcome dinner in Munich

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Briefing on mobility trends in Bavaria by Neil Reape, Head of Automotive for Germany, Department for International Trade. Neil will provide an overview of trends and developments as well as scoping out areas of potential opportunity for Scottish companies.

Visit to two OEMs – BMW and Siemens Mobility. This is an opportunity to hear from leading companies on the future of mobility and their plans to create products and services. Participants will meet with company representatives to understand their focus and discuss potential business co-operations.

Matchmaking event at BayStartUp. There will be one-to-one meetings with selected Bavarian technology companies, which are suppliers to Bavarian OEMs. These companies are looking for complimentary products and services from partners.
Evening dinner with local industry contacts – an informal dinner to give you the opportunity to meet and network with selected industry guests based in Munich.
Thursday 15 March

Visit to another OEM, such as IBM Watson, Volkswagen’s Data Lab or Nokia’s new Digital Creativity Lab. This will be an opportunity to understand the current developments in data science, analysis and application developments across a wide range of sectors. This includes communications, media and manufacturing and you will meet with company representatives.
Half-day conference on the future of mobility. This high-level event will focus on the business opportunities for Bavarian and Scottish/UK companies in the fast-developing mobility and transport sector in Germany. Presentations from industry specialists and representatives of the German, UK and Bavarian Governments will describe current programmes and projects. There will also be networking opportunities with local companies.

Evening reception hosted by the Bavarian Government and the Munich Chamber of Commerce (the 2nd largest in Europe with 600,000 member companies). This event will provide an opportunity for participants to network with high-level representatives from Bavarian transport, automotive and ICT industries.
Friday 16 March

One-to-one meetings – time allocated for one-to-one meetings, which can be arranged by Scottish Development International, or the participating company.

There is no charge to participate in this trade mission. You will be responsible for covering the costs of your flights, accommodation and subsistence.
Express Your Interest

Please note this is a draft programme, which is subject to change. Places are limited and the closing date for your note of interest is 19 January 2018.