Governor Rick Snyder this week is leading a delegation of state officials and economic developers on an investment mission to Italy and Germany. The mission is focusing on strengthening long-standing relationships and attracting job-creating business investments, primarily with automotive companies. “Michigan’s long-standing ties with German and Italian automotive companies continue to result in good jobs here and we look forward to fostering these highly productive relationships,” Snyder said. “With 70 percent of global automotive research and development happening here in Michigan, and our strong manufacturing base and business-friendly environment, there is no better place in North America for European companies to expand than in Michigan. We will deliver the message that this is an opportune time to invest in a state that is reinventing the ways we can help companies grow.” After an inital trip to Italy the delegation later will fly to Germany, where it will meet with executives from voxeljet AG and ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Later in the week it will meet senior leaders from Eissmann Automotive Deutschland GmbH, Heller Group, MANN+HUMMEL GmbH, and WKW Walter Klein GmbH & Co. KG, as well as government officials including the mayor of Ludwigsburg, Werner Spec.