Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Plymouth City Council Welcome VIP Visitor from Hamburg

Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Plymouth City Council, successfully hosted Hamburg’s Director of International Investments Stefan Matz in the City of Plymouth.

Mr Matz was welcomed at the University of Plymouth On Tuesday 13th November by Chamber CEO Stuart Elford, Inward Investment and Enterprise Manager at Plymouth City Council Nina Sarlaka, and University Research and Innovation Business Engagement Manager Rich Adams.

The group first visited the Marine Building where they had the opportunity to experience the wave tank at the COAST (Coastal, Ocean And Sediment Transport) Laboratory. The COAST Laboratory provides physical model testing with combined waves, currents and wind, offered at scales appropriate for device testing, array testing, environmental modelling and coastal engineering. They then visited the Marine Navigation Centre where they experienced the effects of the ship simulator which recreates the environment of a real vessel navigating the oceans. This state-of-the-art facility uses advanced computer imaging projection, and a 270-degree screen to conjure a highly-detailed visual canvas upon which mariners can learn to perfect their skills, using exactly the same systems they would at sea.

A whole host of business leaders joined Mr Matz for a civic lunch at 3 Elliott Terrace on the Hoe, the former home of Lady Nancy Astor the first female MP to take her seat in parliament, where Mr Matz learned about the investment opportunities in Plymouth and spoke about trade with his home city.

After lunch, he was welcomed at Princess Yachts by Adrian Bratt and taken on a tour of the boat yard, before heading off to the Barden Corporation to meet the new owner Sun Lie, who had first made the introduction to the Chamber of Commerce.

Since 2004 Stefan Matz has been working as Director of International Investments, promoting Hamburg as worldwide business hub. The international department realises not only the acquisition of international companies but also supports international companies already located in Hamburg in their plans to expand and develop.

Stuart Elford, CEO at the Chamber said: “It was a pleasure to host Stefan in Plymouth and showcase the best of what we have to offer.  It was an eventful day and he told me how much he had enjoyed his time here.  Hamburg and Plymouth are both port cities with much in common, especially around the marine sector, and we identified areas where we can explore future trade opportunities, no matter what the outcome of Brexit.  We will be following up on this over the coming months.”

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