Leading Manufacturers Join South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance at Innovation Event

Disruptive Technology Expert and Industry-Leading Panel Share Best Practices in Applied Technology at In-Person and Virtual Event

(Greer, SC) The South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance (SCFUSA), an initiative of the SC Council on Competitiveness, along with the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S. and the Spartanburg Economic Futures Group will host a workshop and panel titled “How To Innovate In An Ever-Changing World” on Wednesday, August 26th at the BMW Zentrum Museum in Greer.

The event will feature a keynote address by Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Group for Innovation and Research, Dr. Sven Schimpf, as well as a panel led by SCFUSA Director Suzanne Dickerson that will feature BMW Manufacturing President and CEO, Knudt Flor, Bicycle Company of America General Manager Bob Edwards, and Bosch Rexroth Lean Manufacturing Account Manager Jamie Fox.

“BMW has a strong history in discovering innovative solutions in advanced manufacturing. We use digitalization to optimize production processes to create an even more flexible production system that meets the unique demands of our customers.” Knudt Flor, President, and CEO of BMW Manufacturing remarked. “Our partnership with SCFUSA is an extension of this commitment to innovation and we’re looking forward to sharing our experiences.”

The event will focus on the unique Fraunhofer USA Alliance South Carolina has created and how companies in the state can benefit from working with research teams to improve competitiveness and take advantage of matching funds being made available by the SC Department of Commerce.  The panel discussion will highlight three successful SCFUSA projects conducted at BMW, The Bicycle Company of America, and Bosch Rexroth and how these organizations benefitted from these successful projects.

“We believe that embracing innovation is more important than ever,” says Susie Shannon, CEO of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness. “Accelerated economic recovery will hinge on developing and integrating technologies from beginning to end, and we hope that this event will inspire attendees and promote innovation amongst our state business leaders as they navigate a challenging but opportunistic landscape.”

The event will be following all social distancing guidelines and safety measures, including a mask requirement, socially distanced, and limited in-person attendance in the Zentrum. In-person tickets are still available for $25, which includes the sessions and networking reception with food and drink.  A virtual attendance option is also available for $15, which includes all speakers and the chance to submit live questions and follow-ups. For more information, including a full schedule of events, visit the registration link here.


Press Contact: Adrianne Beasley




About SC Fraunhofer USA Alliance

The South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance (SCFUSA) is a collaborative effort between The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness (The Council), the South Carolina Department of Commerce, and Fraunhofer USA. The alliance was created to advance applied research in engineering and technology across the state of South Carolina with the Fraunhofer USA network and South Carolina research institutions. The work of the alliance and the research it supports strive to give South Carolina a competitive edge in advancing applied research and innovation that can move industry forward.

About The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness 

The Council is a nonpartisan, business-led non-profit organization committed to advancing the long-term economic competitiveness of our state, industries, and citizens. Our work is accomplished through actionable research on opportunities and threats to South Carolinas competitiveness; support of industry clusters that provide South Carolina a competitive advantage; and education and workforce development initiatives that ensure all South Carolinas citizens are equipped to compete in a global economy. We execute our work through partnerships recognizing that our states economic success is secured through sustained collaboration among the private, public, academic and non-profit sectors. For more information, visit www.sccompetes.org.

About Fraunhofer USA

Fraunhofer USA, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of applied research. Fraunhofer USA was founded in 1994 to conduct applied R & D for customers from industry and state government and the federal government in the United States. Partnering with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest application-oriented research and development organization, Fraunhofer USA can offer both domestic and international resources to enhance its portfolio of R&D services. For more information, please visit www.fraunhofer.org. 

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