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International Activity

Trade advantages and tax savings at Foreign Trade Zone #181, a general-purpose zone near Akron- Canton Airport, and at several sub-zones throughout the region, make the region a cost-effective location for international companies expanding into the North American market.


  • Akron USA, a domestic/international marketing initiative between the City of Akron and the Greater Akron Chamber attended international trade meetings and shows in 2014 at:
    • Shantou, China; meetings and tour of Guangdong Greatoo Molds 
    • Dusseldorf, Germany; Medica Trade Show 
    • Kaunas, Lithuania; City of Akron-Kaunas Technical University Technology Bridge Project 
    • Helsinki, Finland; City of Akron-Helsinki Business & Technology Park Bridge Project
  • 4,000+ international companies from 42 countries operate in Ohio, employing more than 178,994 people.
  • In Greater Akron, 100 foreign owned companies employ over 7,661 people, making it one of the largest metropolitan areas of employment by international companies in the State of Ohio.
  • In May of 2014, an international agreement was signed between the Netherlands and Akron, Ohio.
  • Within the last five years, international companies such as Seven Signal (Finland), Triangle Tire (China), MESNAC (China) and RÖchling (Germany) have located within the Akron region.
  • Akron USA hosted international companies from the following countries:
    • Hosted two companies from Lithuania
    • Hosted company from Dresden, Germany (Company’s initial visit to NEO)
    • Hosted business delegation from Israel
    • Hosted business delegation from the Netherlands
    • 135 attendees from around the world participated in the initial “Akron Global Water Alliance Conference” at the University of Akron
    • Hosted three companies from Turin, Italy
    • Hosted academic delegation from Qingdao University in China.

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The work of the Greater Akron Chamber is not limited to just one industry or one region. Our talented team of employees and partners work together to make a difference with projects on both a local and global scale, always emphasizing improving the livelihood, resources, and sustainability of Greater Akron.

Hannover 2017

The Greater Akron Chamber, along with the City of Akron, led the “Akron, USA” delegation at the 2017 Hannover Messe in Germany.  With 225,000 attendees (a record crowd!) and 6,500 exhibitors from more than 70 countries, the Hannover Messe is the largest industrial trade show in the world.  The United States was well represented with more than 3,000 attendees from a broad spectrum of key industry clusters.

The sixteen-member “Akron, USA” delegation which also included the cities of Fairlawn and Mentor, County of Summit and Kent State University promoted the region to various international companies looking to invest in the United States.  The team is actively working to encourage and engage follow-up visits to the Greater Akron Region during the second half of 2017.

This is the 28th straight year that “Akron, USA” has participated in the Hannover, Messe and plans are already underway to work with our public and private sector partners to expand our booth presence in 2018.



The Greater Akron Chamber and the City of Akron - for the sixth consecutive year - co-chaired “Akron, USA’s” participation at the 2016 MEDICA Trade Show in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Also participating in the delegation were representatives from the County of Summit, City of Fairlawn, University of Akron, Brennan Manna Diamond, SNS Nano Fiber Technologies and REA, Inc. Each year, the “Akron, USA” team attends a number of domestic and international trade shows - primarily in Germany - in an effort to market the Greater Akron Region to targeted industry clusters - such as health care - from throughout the world.

The 2016 MEDICA Trade Show was one of the largest health care related events in the world with a focus on the latest innovations from every corner of the medical sector.  It was reported that 127,800 visitors from 135 countries and over 5,000 exhibitors from 70 nations attended and participated in this annual event that connects health care and medical experts on a global scale.

During the week in Dusseldorf, “Akron, USA” conducted nearly 60 pre-scheduled appointments with international companies looking to either establish - or expand - a facility in the United States.  In addition, “Akron USA” participated in a series of off-site meetings with a number of medical device manufacturers from throughout Europe, with an emphasis on Finnish, German and Italian based companies.

With the 2016 MEDICA Trade Show complete, logistics are already underway for an expanded presence by the “Akron USA” team at the 2017 MEDICA Trade Show with a planned increase in the number of both public and private sector participants.  “Over the years, with regard to both direct investment and global partnerships, MEDICA has proven itself to be a productive exercise for the entire “Akron, USA” delegation,” stated Bob Anthony, President of REA, Inc. and Director of Entrepreneurial Services for Life Sciences for the Akron BioMedical Corridor.  “I look forward to first following up on a number of strong leads and then returning to MEDICA in 2017.”

Trade show activities were reported back daily by the Greater Akron Chamber and posted on Social Media via both Facebook and Twitter.   

K-Show 2013

For the 10th time, Summit County, the City of Akron, the City of Fairlawn, Team NEO and the Greater Akron Chamber joined forces to participate at the K Show. Hosted in Dusseldorf, Germany, this is the largest plastics, polymer and rubber exhibition in the world. Private sector participants, including BCG & COMPANY, Harwick Standard Distribution Corporation and Replex Plastics, joined the team.

The Greater Akron delegates met with more than 55 pre-qualified, international companies looking to invest in North America. A meeting was also had with representatives from Baden-Wurttemberg, a region that is home to a large number of automotive companies such as Bosch, Daimler AG and Porsche and parts suppliers to Ford of Europe and GM/Opel/Vauxhaul.

"By collaborating with the City of Akron and Greater Akron Chamber, we were able to strengthen our international presence and profile by meeting with our European partners -and potential clients - in their own backyard," stated Jim Keeslar, a partner with BCG & Company.

"The K Show provides a receptive audience that is not only aware of the 'Greater Akron Brand' but one that also wants to learn more about what we can offer companies looking to invest and create jobs in our community," stated Summit County Executive Russell M. Pry.