China as key market


IDEEN-FORUM+ 2012 analyses the situation of German companies in the area of tension between sales market and competition.

Getting the ball rolling, driving forward innovations, shaping the future and entering into dialogue with one another - this year, this is the mission once more of IDEEN-FORUM+ 2012.

Presentations by top-class speakers on the economy, science and technology, comprehensive product exhibitions, practical demonstrations and themed workshops on 9th and 10th May 2012 in the IDEEN-FABRIK in Besigheim span a knowledge-filled arc between theory and practice.

A topic with international significance

“China as key market – German companies in the area of tension between sales market and competition” is the topic of this year's IDEEN-FORUM+.

China's economy is growing continuously, and companies from the "Middle Kingdom" have long since developed from cheap workbench to serious competition for Western companies. Have the power relations within world trade shifted due to China's rapid economic growth?

Technology, economy and science in focus

“In their stimulating presentations, our top-class speakers will shed light on this internationally significant topic area from different perspectives, and will be focusing on the fields of technology, economy and science”, says Dr Christof Bönsch, managing director at the KOMET GROUP. Notable speakers include:


Globalisation – its effects on Germany and Europe
Hans-Dietrich Genscher, former federal foreign minister.


Germany versus China in terms of business location

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Franz, Head of Business Cycles


Where does the energy for transformation and growth come from?

Günter Dreier, creative director and company developer at GROB-WERKE GmbH & Co. KG


From imitator to innovator: China on the way to becoming a knowledge power

Prof. Dr. Xuewu Gu, Director of the “Center for Global Studies” at the University of Bonn


China field report – German companies in the People's Republic

Ulrich Walker, Chairman and CEO of Daimler Northeast Asia


China's global agenda

Dr Eberhard Sandschneider, Otto Wolff Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations


Along with its well-known partners, the KOMET GROUP will provide, at the specialist presentations on both afternoons, first-hand expert knowledge, where new aspects of and prospects for increased efficiency and cost-effectiveness in processes and manufacture will be the focus.


Cross-sector stimuli

IDEEN-FORUM+ is traditionally aimed at decision-makers and experts of leading companies in the metal machining, mechanical engineering, automotive and supply industries and in medicine and power engineering. Visitors can organise their own programme individually. Comprehensive information and a complete programme of events are always available at This event, which in previous years has always been able to provide stimuli, takes place in the IDEEN-FABRIK+, which symbiotically brings together the possibilities of product and machine presentation over a total of 2500 square metres of modern conference rooms.


KOMET GROUP as event organiser

Since 2001, IDEEN-FORUM+ has been an event organised by the KOMET GROUP, one of the leading single-source suppliers of precision tools. The KOMET GROUP sees itself as more than simply a tool manufacturer. Rather, it sees itself as a provider of innovative ideas – true to the company motto “TOOLS PLUS IDEAS”. The internationally successful group, based in Besigheim, has been at the forefront of innovation in the sector for over 90 years. The company currently employs more than 1,700 staff in its 20 subsidiaries and is represented in around 50 countries.

Press contact

Corporate communications:

Dr. Anja Vomberg

Phone: +49 (0) 171.5294084