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ADBC member GN Hearing Receives Royal Danish Export Award

As part of the Warror Week, which you can read more about HERE, a reception at Sheraton Hotel on June 1st was held. The Danish Minister of Defense, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, and Mayor of Virginia Beach, Will Sessoms, all held speeches praising the relationship between Denmark and the United States.

In his speech, Claus Hjort Frederiksen awarded ADBC member GN Hearing and their US President Kim Lody this year’s HRH Prince Henrik´s Export Award for making a significant difference for thousands of wounded veterans. He highlighted how Danish technology and innovation has helped millions of American’s with hearing loss. With the event set during the Patriotic Festival – also called Warrior Week – the Minister emphasized how Danish technology pioneered by GN, among others, has helped thousands of American warriors returning from the battlegrounds with damaged hearing.

“The company has helped to ensure that Americans, including numerous wounded veterans, are enabled to hear more. And by hearing more, they can do more in their everyday lives. This ultimately allows them to be more as human beings – giving them the ability to live fuller lives,” said Claus Hjort Frederiksen.

Over the past five years, GN Hearing has experienced unparalleled growth and doubled its market share in the United States. In 2016, North America accounted for half of GN Hearing’s total revenue, providing a substantial share of export-generated revenue to Denmark. Part of this success can be attributed to Kim Lody’s strong focus on the specific needs of veterans. Today, more than one in five American veterans with hearing loss chooses a hearing aid from GN Hearing.

Kim Lody, President of GN Hearing US, comments:
“I am honored to receive such a prestigious award, which is truly a reflection of the team’s dedication and hard work. I am proud to work with such a talented group of people and an organization that provides life-changing technology to so many people around the world.”

Danish Minister of Defense visits ADBC member Terma North America Inc.

Following a visit to Warrior Week in Virginia, the Danish Minister of Defense Claus Hjort Frederiksen had a series of meetings in Washington D.C., and the Minister used the occasion to visit ADBC member Terma North America the 5th of June, on the Danish Constitution Day.

Terma North America Inc. is a subsidiary company of the Danish Lystrup-based defense and security company Terma, which employs around 1,300 people worldwide. Terma is the biggest Danish Defense Corporation with an annual sale of 1.7 billion DKK ($260 million USD).

Terma North America was established 14 years ago at the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington. Terma North America has since grown considerably and currently employs around 70 people nationwide, with offices in Warner Robins, GA, Ft. Worth, TX, Suffolk, VA, and Arlington, VA.

The President and CEO of Terma North America Steve Williams used the occasion to inaugurate Terma North America’s newly expanded offices in Crystal City. The venue is to serve as an Innovation and Collaboration Center, where Terma can demonstrate its solutions and work with partners – in Denmark and the U.S. – to create new synergies

Steve Williams on the new center: “The Terma Innovation and Collaboration Center demonstrates the capabilities across all of Terma, how we collaborate with our industrial partners, and our vision of future solutions, and how we can continue to help address our customer’s most pressing challenges.” He continues:

“The Center will also be a place for U.S. and Danish companies to collaborate, in a similar fashion to the larger Terma R&D Center to be opened later this year in Atlanta.”

Terma North America was joined by representatives from U.S. business partners to put focus on U.S.-Danish industry collaboration. The event was also used to discuss how the Defense companies could contribute to and aid wounded veterans.

Ambassador Lars Lose promoting green solutions

Denmark is a global leader in clean & green technology and with Copenhagen setting its sights to become carbon neutral by 2025 we are well on our way.

The green feeling is being spread here in the U.S. as well, with Danish Novozymes promoting greener solutions to everyday functions. In connection to the EU-Open house held at the Embassy of Denmark on May 15th Novozymes were invited to showcase several of their green solutions including their exciting Zymobile Car. The Zymobile, a 2011 Dodge Charger FFV, runs on a blend of 15% gas and up to 85% cellulosic biofuels made from corn stover/cobs, municipal solid waste, energy grasses or wood chips. Novozymes produces the enzyme technology that converts the biomass into fuel.

Ambassador Lars Lose was given the opportunity to drive the car for a week and take on an extra duty of being an ambassador for for clean-tech as well.

Needless to say he enjoyed his experience in the vehicle.

For more information on Novozymes and their clean-tech solutions visit their website: Novozymes

Ambassador Lars Lose with his ride for the week, the Zymobile.
Ambassador Lars Lose with his ride for the week, the Zymobile.

Welcome to our new member Ferring Pharmaceuticals A/S

We are delighted to welcome another life sciences addition to our ADBC network!

Ferring Pharmaceuticals, founded in 1950, is a globally recognized, research-driven biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Saint-Prex, Switzerland, with operating subsidiaries in nearly 60 countries including research and development facilities in Denmark, Israel, Switzerland, China, India, Japan, Scotland and the U.S. With 5,000 employees worldwide and nearly 800 in the U.S., Ferring opened its U.S. Operations Center on a 25-acre campus in Parsippany, N.J. in 2014. This state-of-the-art campus currently employs 300 people and is expected to grow.

For more information about Ferring Pharmaceuticals please visit www.ferringusa.com.

Welcome to our new member Meabco A/S

ADBC is pleased to welcome yet another pharmaceutical company to our ever-growing network.

Meabco A/S is a Danish pharmaceutical company with anti-cancer, and radioprotection development programs. Meabco A/S is developing a product line that can provide solutions to the challenges in cancer with strong emphasis on human well-being and quality of life, and with huge potential savings on the socio-economical costs.

Read more about Meabco on www.meabco.com

Novozymes wins award at ABLC 2016

Novozymes wins award at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2016.

ADBC would like to congratulate our member Novozymes in clinching 3rd place in the Top 50 Hottest companies within the Advanced Bioeconomy Industry! Minister Counselor Anna de Klauman from the Danish Embassy presented the award to Michael Burns Novozymes on behalf of Bio Digest.

About the award

Since 2008, the 50 Hottest Company rankings are selected by readers of The Digest (the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily, with 1.96 million unique readers http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/) and a panel of invited international selectors

More than 1,000 companies are eligible, and they are the most coveted awards in the industry, with hundreds of company employees and officials taking part in promotional activities in the weeks leading up to the close of voting. The rankings recognize innovation and achievement in fuels, biobased chemicals, advanced materials, sustainability and energy security.

Welcome to our newest member VESTAS

The American Danish Business Council is delighted to present its newest member, world renowned VESTAS.

Vestas Wind Systems A/S is a Danish manufacturer and seller of wind turbines and is one of the largest in the world. Vestas has been steadily holding its position as the leading supplier of wind turbines worldwide.
ADBC is very proud to welcome this latest member to our impressive portfolio of members.

DONG Energy to build off-shore wind farm in New Jersey

DONG Energy takes over U.S. offshore wind development project in New Jersey

DONG Energy has recently acquired the rights to building an off-shore wind farm off the coast of Atlantic City in the state of New Jersey. They are currently the world’s largest off-shore wind developer and this is going to be the energy giants second commissioning in U.S. waters, the first being a site south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

In a statement made by Samuel Leupold, Dong’s executive vice president of wind power, Samuel described the deal: “The site conditions are quite similar to those we currently work with in North-Western Europe, which means that the project could be developed using well-known technology.”

Follow the link below to view DONG Energy’s own press release.
http://www.dongenergy.com/en/media/newsroom/news/articles/dong-energy-takes-over-u-s-offshore-wind-development-project-in-new-jersey

Rear Admiral Finn Hansen talks future procurements at roundtable-event

On Friday the 11th of December 2015 ADBC hosted a roundtable at the Danish Embassy in Washington D.C. with Danish Rear Admiral Finn Hansen. Rear Admiral Hansen is head of the Development and Coordination Staff at Defense Command Denmark. He provided interesting insights in to the recent reorganization of the Defense Command and implementation of the 2013-2017 defense agreement, as well as a valuable update on current programs for equipment procurement and modernization.

ADBC members from the defense field took part in the discussion and paid close attention as the Rear Admiral shared his insights. He described the strong Danish presence in NATO-, UN- and coalition of the willing-operations around the world, where Denmark is well known for punching above her weight. To ensure the ability to take part in these operations, Hansen underlined, it is crucial that a large portion of Danish military inventory is NATO-deployable.

In the following QA-session the participants were able to ask questions and many were naturally interested in future Danish procurements. Rear Admiral Hansen talked about the many factors that form such decisions, for instance pointing to the wish to buy equipment in use by our allies. Thus, from a military standpoint programs such as foreign military sales are very valuable. However, as the Rear Admiral pointed out, it is also important for the Danish politicians to ensure valuable industry opportunities for Danish companies.

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Transatlantic Company of the year award

At the Annual Meeting, Stephen Brugger of AmCham spoke about the Transatlantic Company of the year award.

The award recognizes the important contributions and positive impact of Danish companies investing in the United States.

The award is presented annually to highlight the important economic ties between the United States and Denmark and to celebrate business excellence by a Danish company.

The 2016 winner will be announced at AmCham’s Annual Transatlantic Business Summit on April 5.

The Transatlantic Company of the Year is awarded to a Danish company invested in the U.S. that has demonstrated significant achievements within the United States in the following areas:

  •   Growth
  •   Investment
  •   Partnerships
  •   Innovation
  •   CSR/Sustainability

Brugger presented previous winners – several of them members of ADBC:

  • Terma in 2013
  • Novozymes in 2012

If you wish to nominate your company for the Transatlantic Company of the year award you can do so here:

http://amcham.dk/index.html?pid=28871&nid=91728