Business Trip to "Autoland Saxony"

Join us on a business trip to Saxony (Germany), learn about the Saxon way towards innovative mobility solutions for tomorrow and meet new partners!

November 03 – November 08, 2019

VW I.D - will be "Made in Saxony"

VW I.D - will be "Made in Saxony" (Source: Volkswagen AG)

Welcome to “Autoland Saxony“

Motor vehicles made in “Autoland Saxony“ have been providing people with mobility for more than 100 years now. Innovations, such as the first mass-produced left-hand drive and front wheel drive began their international success story here. With five vehicle and engine plants operated by Volkswagen, Porsche, and BMW as well as about 780 suppliers, equipment and service providers, Saxony is one of Germany’s top automotive locations today. Saxony is also a dynamic and innovative business region with a long and eventful industrial history. Since 1990, about 6,000 companies have set up or purchased business premises in Saxony. Saxony’s economy has increased by more than 30 percent since 2000; thus, exhibiting one of the highest GDP growth rates of all German federal states.

In the past years, the Saxony Economic Development Corporation (WFS) organized several business trips to foreign countries worldwide. During these trips a variety of cooperation projects between Saxon and foreign companies were initiated. To continue and intensify these cooperative activities, European decision makers and managers from companies as well as institutions active in the automotive sector are welcome to join us on an exclusive business trip through “Autoland Saxony” from November 3 to 8, 2019.

Sharing knowledge about current technologies, mobility solutions for tomorrow and their applications will be the primary topics of the program. It will include an official welcoming event, presentations of the business location “Autoland Saxony”, company visits, matchmaking events, informal discussions and cultural events. The participation in the 23rd International Annual Congress of the Automotive Industry (Automotive Forum) on 5 and 6 November 2019 in Zwickau will be one of the highlights.


This offer is funded by the Saxon State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport (SMWA) as part of the project “BBA”. It is supported by the German-Finnish Chamber of Commerce and will be organized and coordinated by WFS in cooperation with other Saxon partners.

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1. A Trip through “Autoland Saxony”

The trip is aimed primarily at European decision makers and managers from companies as well as institutions active in the automotive sector. The participants should possess necessary technical knowledge and experiences.

At least 8 and no more than 15 participants are invited to join the business delegation.

During the trip they will meet with Saxon company representatives and experts who will present their business profiles and products to them.

To meet the needs of the participants from abroad and within Saxony, we kindly ask everyone to submit proposals or project ideas for cooperation which then could be discussed during the trip.

The project language will be English.


2. Project Schedule

SEPT 2019: 

  • Invitation process
  • Gathering applications, including profiles and cooperation wishes of the European applicants
  • Answering questions

SEPT / OCT 2019:

  • Finalizing the program in Saxony
  • Preparation of matchmakings during the trip
  • Final confirmation of participation by WFS or partner (bsw - Bildungswerk der Sächsischen Wirtschaft gGmbH)

OCT 2019:

  • Preparatory workshop-webinar

NOV 3 - 8, 2019:

  • Business trip through  “Autoland Saxony”


3. Detailed Schedule of the trip

NOV 03:

  • Arrival in Saxony, group pickup from the airport in Leipzig or Dresden
  • Get together / informal dinner / briefing 
  • Factory visit at Volkswagen's "Gläserne Manufaktur" (Transparent Factory) in Dresden – production of the e-Golf

NOV 04:

  • Official opening and welcoming address
  • Company visits / matchmaking event

NOV 05: 23rd International Annual Congress of the Automotive Industry in Zwickau

NOV 06: Company and factory visits

NOV 07:

  • Additional company visits
  • Closing ceremony, evaluation and final dinner with all participants

NOV 08: Departure from Saxony

Please note: This schedule is preliminary and subject to amendments and / or alterations.

4. Benefits for European Participants

  • Acquiring in-depth knowledge about state-of-the-art technologies
  • Gaining direct access to Saxon / German expertise and innovative potential
  • Getting hands-on practical knowledge about Saxon companies
  • Identifying and integrating vibrant partners for cooperation designed to solve your own project-related issues
  • Establishing cooperation and business relationships as well as developing partnerships
  • Individual matchmaking with potential business partners from Germany for technical cooperation, joint ventures / production and more
  • Developing and expanding your business network in Germany and Europe


Conditions and Costs

Participation in the business trip is free, but official confirmation by the Saxon organizers is required.

The following project costs are covered by the Saxon organizers:

  • Registration fee for the Automotive Forum
  • Matchmaking with Saxon / German companies, company visits in Saxony
  • Interpretation services during the official program (if needed German-English)
  • Transportation in Saxony (to the sites and program destinations)
  • Catering during the official program
  • 2-3 dinners (for example, opening and closing ceremonies)
  • Airport group-pickup in Dresden or Leipzig
  • Project management and organizational costs

The following costs are not included (need to be financed by the participants):

  • Travel expenses
  • Costs for flights
  • Costs for accommodation in Saxony
  • 2-3 dinners at one’s own expense

Other Regulations:

  • The Saxony Economic Development Corporation (WFS - Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH) will pre-book the accommodation for the whole delegation in a standard business hotel (or in two standard business hotels if the program schedule requires accommodation in two different cities).
  • The participants need to reconfirm the booking with a credit card (estimated price: 70 - 100 EUR per night including VAT).
  • For some evenings the program does not include common activities, but we can recommend interesting events.


Please use the following link to apply for one of the 15 spots and join us on the business trip through “Autoland Saxony” from 3 to 8 November 2019.

Deadline for application: October 9, 2019




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