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09/06 2021 // International
South-East Asia: BME organises new purchasing initiative in 2021/2022

Purchasing Initiative South-East Asia is in the Horizon, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy BME is carrying out the third Purchasing Initiative. More ... 

06/06 2021 // International
BMEnet seal SRM for Fabasoft Approve

BMEnet GmbH has awarded Fabasoft Approve, the cloud-based solution for technical data management, the BMEnet "Supplier Relationship Management" seal of approval. Fabasoft Approve is used to manage technical data and documents in an industrial environment. It integrates all project partners (such as suppliers) on a secure, scalable and highly customizable platform. More ...

06/09 2021 // International
Fragile supply chains drive up prices

Euler Hermes study: Bottlenecks in container capacities and delays are causing prices in global trade to explode. There is no relief in sight in the short term. Companies are trying to replenish their stocks and hoard scarce goods. More ...

07/05 2021 // International
Purchasing Initiative South East Asia

With the Purchasing Initiative Southeast Asia on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI), the BME is already carrying out the third initiative of the successful B2B matchmaking series. More ...

07/05 2021 // International

­­­­Malaysia currently exports a wide range of quality products and professional services and ranks among the top trading nations globally. Malaysia has established itself as one of the most trade friendly countries in the world. More ...

15/05 2021 // International
BME and AHK Slovenia cooperate on sourcing information 

The flagship industries in Slovenia include automotive, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, electrical and electronics, machining and metalworking, woodworking, and fast-growing ICT and hospitality industries.BME and AHK Slovenia cooperate in order to provide sourcing information of Slovenia. More ...

15/02 2021 // International
1st Maghreb Purchasing Initiative

From 17.11.2020 to 08.12.2020, the BME, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), carried out the Maghreb Purchasing Initiative for the first time. As part of the free of charge initiative, 13 German industrial companies held digital B2B talks with almost 40 suppliers from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. More ...

15/02 2021 // International
Swiss subcontracting industry

Switzerland is one of the leading locations in the world thanks to its innovative and competitive companies, , excellent research facilities, first-class trained workforce and outstanding infrastructure. More ...

15/02 2021 // International
Malaysia - part of global supply chain 

Malaysia is ranked as one the leading exporters worldwide for semiconductors, medical disposables and devices, rubber products, processed food, building materials, or HealthCare. More …

15/02 2021 // International
Cooperation BME/AHK Hungary on supllier information 

The most important sectors in Hungary are vehicle construction, the chemical, electronic and electrical industries. More …

15/02 2021 // International
Interview: "Success is a question of attitude"

As a board member and chairman of the BME, Horst Wiedmann has helped to shape the procurement association for many years. In an interview with the career portal BME-JobSource, the 62-year-old procurement manager explains how the job profile has changed. More ...

07/09 2020 // International
West Balkans Purchasing Initiative: Online B2B-Matchmakings 

The Western Balkans purchasing initiative goes online for 2020 – due to the Corona Pandemic this year, the BME implements this high-profile event on a digital format with B2B meetings taking place between 8th and 22nd of September 2020. More ...

07/09 2020 // International
BME Sourcing Help Desk

During the Corona crisis, the BME offers its members the opportunity to meet potential suppliers from prospective procurement markets. The next virtual B2B event is the Sourcing Day Pilsen, which will take place at the end of July 2020. More ...

07/09 2020 // International
BME and AHK Serbia cooperate on supplier portals

Benefiting from its geographical proximity as well as its high number of potential suppliers, Serbia provides numerous options for European companies. More ...

05/05 2020 // International
BME Sourcing-Help-Desk

Due to current circumstances, many companies are suffering supply short falls and have to find sourcing alternatives in order to minimize risks on a long term perspective. For this reason, the BME has implemented a sourcing help-desk that enables buyers to find suitable suppliers for current needs. More ...

04/30 2020 // International
BME supports hospital buyers in securing theit supplies

The coronavirus poses new challenges for healthcare services in hospitals. The EIC, in cooperation with the BME and other partners, had therefore organised an ePitch on the 30th of April 2020, which brought together hospital buyers and start-ups from the healthcare sector. More ....

04/14 2020 // International
IntegrityNext awarded with BNEnet seal of approval "Platform for Sustainability"

BME gives approvals for e-solutions for the optimisation of purchasing and logistics and has awarded the software platform IntegrityNext with the BMEnet seal of approval "Platform for Sustainability" IntegrityNext is a cloud-based platform that covers all major aspects of CSR and sustainability requirements, allowing companies to monitor thousands of suppliers with minimal administration. More ...

04/14 2020 // International
Industrial outsourcing partnes in Aragon, Spain

Aragón is one of the most interesting locations for German companies that want to look for industrial outsourcing partners in Spain. There is a strong manufacturing business environment conformed by more than 250 companies. More ...

01/20 2020 // International
Green loans for environmentally sound investments in South and Eastern Europe 

ProCredit paves the way for medium-sized enterprises to make green investments.

ProCredit banks are especially well-known in South Eastern and Eastern Europe, where the development-oriented commercial banks are primarily active. More ...

01/20 2020 // International
Spain, a relevant market for German industrial contractors 

Over the last 20 years, we have seen an enormous growth on the industrial subcontracting activities all around Europe. More ...

01/15 2020 // International
6th Western Balkan Purchasing Initiative 2020 - Express your interest to participate in this free of charge event!

For the sixth consecutive time, German buyers will meet pre-selected suppliers from the Western Balkan region. Since 2015, the BME together with the AHKs from the region, have organised over 2500 individual B2B meetings. To find new suppliers, express your interest today. More ...

01/12 2020 // International
Technology and Chutzpah: BME delegation visited Israel

In mid-December, a small group of procurement thinkers and technology enthusiasts travelled to Israel on the initiative of the BME. Start-ups, venture capital units and accelerators were visited. The response was more than positive. There are 8,300 start-ups in Israel. No other country in the world has such a high density. More ...

01/12 2020 // International
BME wins Maghreb purchasing initiative 

On 24 November 2020, German buyers will be brought together for the first time in Dortmund with suppliers from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. Following the successful implementation of the Western Balkans purchasing initiative, BME is now conducting its first purchasing initiative for North African. More ...

10/15 2019 // International
Customs strategies for Purchasing and Logistics 2019

The BME's 2nd Customs & Trade Summit dealt this year with current trends in customs and export control law as well as their effects on purchasing and logistics. The two-day specialist event also shed light on the opportunities and risks in the procurement markets of the USA, China and Japan. More ...

08/30 2019 // International
IAA Buyers´ Day: remain mobile in purchasing

There was a big attendance with 90 participants on the 2nd BME / VDA Buyers’ Day at the IAA in Frankfurt. The automotive industry is sending out new signals and Purchasing is following them closely. It has become evident that Purchasing can make significant impacts in the company by creating and managing new networks. More ...

10/15 2019 // International
ICC publishes Incoterms 2020

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has revised its renowned rules for international trade. The new clauses will come into force on 1 January 2020, but existing Incoterms can still be used. The update is intended to simplify the application and handling of Incoterms in some areas, More ...

08/30 2019 // International
China Procurement Executive Roundtable, Shanghai, China, 14 August 2019

On August 14, 2019, German and Chinese purchasing, logistics and supply chain managers from various sectors met again in Shanghai for an intensive exchange of opinions and experiences. A total of 16 companies attended the event, including Claas, Voith, Deutsche Bahn, Reyher, Infinion, SKF, Mahle. More ...

08/30 2019 // International
German-Bulgarian Economic forum, 14 Oct 2019, Burgas, Bulgaria 

AHK Bulgaria is organizing a German-Bulgarian economic forum on 14 October 2019 (Monday) in the Bulgarian coastal city of Burgas. The Bulgarian market is particularly attractive to German companies in the fields of mechanical and plant engineering, the automotive, chemicals, ... More

07/23 2019 // International
Meercat Software Suite awarded the BMEnet seal “Supplier Management”  

BMEnet GmbH has awarded the Meercat® Software Suite with a Supplier Management Seal of Approval. Created by Procurence, an award-winning software company, Meercat helps companies create transparency in their supplier base, reduce supply chain risk, and streamline internal supplier management. More ...

05/02 2019 // International
ORDERFOX awarded the BMEnet seal “Marketplace for the CNC Industry”  

BMEnet GmbH has awarded the seal of approval "Marketplace for the CNC Industry". With, buyers and CNC manufacturers can digitize their work processes. Buyers and CNC manufacturers find free capacity or have access to current CNC orders. More...

02/22 2019 // International
Oportunities and challenges of global business relationships – A look at the supply chain from a compliance and CSR perspective 

Demands on companies regarding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability have risen rapidly in recent years. At the same time, the risks of reputational damage and business losses are growing. More...

02/22 2019 // International
Catalan Supplier Day 

On 18th October 2018, the 3rd Catalan Supplier Day took place in München and was a meeting place for approximately 60 visitors and 22 exhibiting suppliers from the mechanical engineering, automotive, aerospace industries and medical technology. More...

02/22 2019 // International
Itaian Supplier Day

Are you looking for suppliers in Italy? Then we have the perfect solution:
we organise your personal supplier day with Italian suppliers at your site!
BME, in cooperation with the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Germany (ITKAM), organises your supplier day tailored to your needs at your location. More...

02/22 2019 // International
curecomp awarded the BMEnet quality seal for SRM solution

BMEnet GmbH has awarded the eProcurement and SRM solution clevercure of curecomp Software Services GmbH with the seal of approval "Supplier Relationship Management". clevercure optimises operational and strategic purchasing. More...

02/22 2019 // International
BME-Top Key Performance Indicators In Purchasing: Start of the survey!

Participants in the survey receive a 50 percent discount on the results. In addition, participants will be able to select a free one-off edition of the three most recent BME-Market Information (IHS Markit / BME Purchasing Manager Index, Commodities or Freights). More...

02/22 2019 // International
BME-Market Information "Car Fleet Management 2019": Join in!

BME-Market Information: BME is currently carrying out a survey on car fleet management among experts. As a reward, all participants receive 50 percent off the regular price when purchasing the evaluation. More...

Main Topic Pharma

15/10 2018 // International
The Intelligent Supply Chain: A Use Case For Artificial Intelligence

The term artificial intelligence (AI) invokes images of robot uprisings, space missions to galaxies far, far away, and lab-created clones that make humans immortal. For years, thought-provoking talks by professors have entertained the notion of whether AI is—or ever will be—self-aware. More...

Interview Main Topic Pharma

15/10 2018 // International
Pharma Supply Chain and its impact on Global Health 2020 and beyond

Forward-thinking health systems, governments, and other stakeholders are taking a critical look at ways to improve health care. Governments have been joined by a long list of private donors (Bill & Melinda gates Foundation etc…) thanks to whom funds have been made available for health spending... More.


Event Main Topic Pharma

15/10 2018 // International
4th BME Global Pharma Supply Chain Congress 2019

The years ahead of us will be increasingly shaped by ongoing digitization, a war for real talent and disruption of existing ways and formats of pharma supply chain collaboration. Working jointly on innovative supply chain models makes a difference for patients worldwide. More...

15/10 2018 // International
German trade with Eastern countries is increasing strongly

The exchange of goods with the 29 OAOEV countries increased at an above-average rate again in the first half of 2018. Southeastern Europe in particular recorded significant growth. German trade in the east continues at high speed... More.

15/10 2018 // International
Ambassadors Conference: "multilateralists" are in demand

Representatives of German industry and the German diplomats met at the Business Day of the Ambassadors Conference in the Federal Foreign Ministry* after a one-year break. Trump and Brexit governed the conversations... More.

15/10 2018 // International
2nd Sino-German Procurement 4.0 Summit with record participation

Around 250 German / European buyers, logistics and supply chain managers, as well as 150 Chinese company representatives attended the 2nd Sino-German Procurement 4.0 Summit in Chengdu, ensuring a record attendance. More...

15/10 2018 // International
Deal or no deal: the Brexit showdown is getting closer

The United Kingdom is leaving the EU at the end of March 2019, that much is fixed. The only question is how tough the consequences will be of a post-EU era. The crucial phase of the exit negotiations has begun. More...

08/30 2018 // International
Russian Purchasing Initiative is speeding up

Russian Purchasing Initiative brings together strong partners: In St. Petersburg, East Committee, BME and AHK Russia signed with the Russian Export Center a letter of intent. More...

05/24 2018 // International
Public purchasing: BME wins EU funding project

BME has won the EU funding project “Procure2Innovate”. The aim of the initiative, which is funded by the EU Commission and limited to four years, is to link new and already existing competence centres for public procurement in Europe. More …

05/24 2018 // International
BME: "The first ‘Meet Italy’s Best’ Sourcing Day was a great success."

In the capital of Lombardy, the Buyers' Association and AHK Milan offered a platform for B2B talks for two days between German industrial companies and Italian suppliers. The "very good pre-selection" was well praised by the participating German industrial companies. More ...

05/24 2018 // International
Czech Republic: The “Czexit” discussion worries companies

A survey by the German-Czech Chamber of Commerce revealed that around one in three companies could shift investments. Eight out of ten companies are worried about the discussion about a “Czexit”, the Czech Republic leaving the EU. More ...

05/24 2018 // International
BME Morocco program – discover the hub of the automotive industry with us

The BME has launched a new program in order to discover the sourcing potential of the Moroccan market. Thanks to continuously high growth rates, low inflation, very low labor costs, well-trained workers and the best infrastructure in Africa (The Global Competitiveness Report 2017/2018) ...more.

05/24 2018 // International // Advertorial
Responsible Banking for SMEs in South Eastern and Eastern Europe

ProCredit is a development-oriented commercial group of banks operating in 13 countries in South Eastern and Eastern Europe and South America – as well as a bank in Germany. We place a regional focus on South Eastern and Eastern Europe with ProCredit banks in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria...more.

03/12 2018 // Advertorial
Smart Services for Smart Manufacturing

The Leadec is one of the leading Providers of technical services for the manufacturing industry headquar-
tered in Stuttgart, Germany. Efficient processes and exceptional service are our passion, and our Goal is to give our customers a competitive edge. We have had experience in industrial Services, ... more.

12/07 2017 // International
4th CEE-Forum: Finding your right partners

The BME conference took place on 26 Oct with around 200 participants. Selected suppliers from the CEE region and German buyers exchanged views during matchmaking. The format achieved a record number of participating buyers from German companies. More...

12/07 2017 // International
9. BME-eLÖSUNGSTAGE, 13 – 14 March 2018 Düsseldorf, Germany

The 9th BME-eLÖSUNGSTAGE conference offers a variety of expert presentations, workshops and roundtables which focus on the importance of e-solutions and IT systems for increased organisational effectiveness. Main topics: Digital Transformation ● Source to Contract  More...

12/07 2017 // International
13th EPE 2018 - European Procurement Excellence, 25 - 26 June 2018 Dresden, Germany

The European Procurement Excellence Conference (EPE) is one of the leading events for European Procurement Executives and an ideal platform for networking and discussing current and future challenges. The congress will offer inspiring keynotes, interactive breakout sessions More...

12/07 2017 // International
ESCE 2018 - European Supply Chain Excellence Summit, 25 – 26 June 2018 Dresden, Germany

The Supply Chain Management sector is undergoing a major metamorphosis. The transformation happening right now leads to new responsibilities for supply chain executives and is associated with plenty of opportunities.  More...

12/07 2017 // International
The 53rd BME Symposium on Purchasing and Logistics will take place in Berlin November 2018

Take part in 2018 and profit from the largest purchasing and logistics networking event with BME. You will leave with both future-oriented inspiration, as well as proven best practices, and you will also extend your own network in the procurement community with colleagues More …

12/07 2017 // International
BME Key Performance lndicators in Procurement

For more than ten years now, BME has been setting standards to measure the performance and quality of procurement with its TOP Key Performance Indicators in Procurement (KPIs). 25 KPIs on structure, quality and costs enable decision-makers to acquire a realistic assessment of their own performance and provide a substantiated basis for future-oriented procurement strategies. More…

12/07 2017 // International
OpusCapita awarded with the BMEnet seal of quality "Supplier Relationship Management”

BMEnet GmbH has awarded the OpusCapita Software GmbH solution "OpusCapita eProcurement" with the seal of approval "Supplier Relationship Management".
With the purchase of the former jCatalog Software AG in 2016, OpusCapita has  More...

12/07 2017 // International
Expertist awarded with BMEnet seal "Online Marketplace for Expert Services"

BMEnet GmbH has awarded the expertist-platform of Expertist Vertriebs GmbH the seal of approval "Online Marketplace for Expert Services".
At, companies can find qualified professionals, such as business consultants, IT consultants, and interim managers for  More...

09/21 2017 // International
CEE Forum: Supplier search is running at high speed

After the successful matchmaking rounds of previous years, the 4th CEE Procurement & Supply Forum will take place in Prague on 26 October. At the top event, selected suppliers from the CEE region will meet German buyers. More...

09/21 2017 // International
BME Service “Law, Compliance & Conflict Management”
Expansion of the service for BME member companies

BME has significantly expanded its resources for consulting member companies in the areas of "Service Law, Compliance & Conflict Management". Member companies benefit from the know-how of the BME Competence Centre. More...

09/21 2017 // International 
52nd Symposium Purchasing and Logistics, 8-10 Nov 2017, Berlin

The 52nd Symposium Purchasing and Logistics is your platform to share and gain actionable insights and to discuss success strategies with your peers related to procurement and supply chain management. More...

Procurement potential still far from being fully exploited
Thanks to professional management, high productivity gains can be achieved in Bulgaria

Carmen Struck, AHK Sofia: "Thanks to professional management, high productivity gains can be achieved in Bulgaria". More...

Young Professionals Specials at the BME-Symposium 8-10 Nov 2017, berlin 
 Form your own procurement and SCM network!

With its Young Professionals Initiative, BME aims to give targeted support and to pro­mote young talent. Network with us! The focus of the Business Speed Dating on 8 Nov 2017, 13:00-13:45, is to interchange and mingle with as many students and young professionals as possible. More...


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