The  15th Annual Trade Conference  organized by the World Trade Center Harrisburg was held on 28th of May 2015 in York, Pennsylvania, the largest trade event in the United States. During the conference was held Fair closed which was attended by  fifty export-oriented companies, chambers of commerce and embassies.

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Invest Macedonia and the Macedonian Embassy in Washington presented at the fair with its own stand and a rich promotional material from Macedonia. During the fair, contacts have been established with several companies with production in the US and exported to Europe and are keen to move production into a European state.

Main focus

1. Presentation of the benefits offered by the Government to invest in the country;

2. The fair was attended by representatives of the business community and local chambers of commerce.

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Deputy CEO, Mr.Kliment Shekerovski, the president of the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce, Ms.Danela Arsovska and the TBAA investment delegation discussed and agreed activities for Macedonian entrepreneurs, investors and companies in Istanbul by the end of 2015.

"We are here to present the importance of innovation. TBAA is present not only in Turkey but also in the whole of Eastern Europe, and that Macedonia has one of the fastest growing start up markets in the region. We are very excited to see the best Macedonian entrepreneurs today,"said Ali Altıntaç Bajbars, President of TBAA.

At the two-day event, a MOU was signed and future activities were discussed.

"It deepens the relationship between the state and the economy and is a unique tool that contributes to a stronger development of the national economy in terms of bringing know-how from foreign companies that are present here," said Kliment Shekerovski, Deputy CEO of the Agency for Foreign Investments and Export Promotion.

“The initiative ‘Meeting the Investors and Entrepreneurs 24 May – 24 December 2015’ started with the TBAA visit and as result mutually agreed to organize “SEE Demo Day” and Invest in Macedonia in Istanbul in front of 400 investors with support of TBAA” said organizer of TBAA visit Ilija Vuckov, President of Emkice and member of EBAN  

Through the Turkish network of business angels, around 400 million dollars are being invested yearly in SMEs and start-ups, which are a generator of innovation and new job openings. 

Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA), a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical distribution systems, today announced its plans to open a new automotive plant to produce seat covers in Gostivar, Macedonia, in summer 2015.  Serving all major European automotive manufacturers, Lear's new facility will initially employ approximately 300 people, with an emphasis on leather and fabric cutting and sewing capability.  Further expansion is expected.

"With Lear's continued success in vertically integrated automotive seating systems and components, we are pleased to begin operations at an interim site in Macedonia and plan new plant construction by mid-2016 in the area," said Jeneanne Hanley, Lear's Vice President for Global Trim and Craftsmanship. "We appreciate the cooperation of all involved as Lear launches its first facility in Macedonia."

With the completion in January 2015 of the acquisition of Eagle Ottawa, Lear Corporation is the world's leading supplier of premium automotive leather, with enhanced global Seating capabilities in the areas of craftsmanship, design options and overall value.

"In line with our position as the world leader in automotive luxury and performance seating," said Raffael Gagliardi, Lear's Vice President of European Seat Fabric Operations, "we welcome the opportunity in adding this new plant to deliver dedicated quality and service every day for our customers."  

Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) is one of the world's leading suppliers of automotive seating and electrical distribution systems. Lear serves every major automaker in the world, and Lear content can be found on more than 300 vehicle nameplates.  Lear's world-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by a diverse team of approximately 132,000 employees located in 34 countries.  Lear currently ranks #177 on the Fortune 500.  Lear's headquarters are in Southfield, Michigan. 

SOURCE Lear Corporation