U.S. aerospace and defense companies competing for military, commercial and space business in the Middle East and around the world, look to strengthen trade, innovation and workforce partnerships with buyers and influencers attending the Dubai Airshow 2017, November 12-16 at the Dubai World Central Dubai Airshow Site.
The biennial event, the region’s largest and most diversified aerospace and defense business gathering, is expected to draw some 70,000 trade visitors and more than 1,100 exhibitors from 60 countries. Chief among them, the United States is present with 120-plus exhibitors, the largest international contingent at the show.
The centerpiece of the American national effort is the new 1,400 square meter USA Partnership Pavilion, organized by Kallman Worldwide, Inc., in coordination with numerous government agencies, including the departments of Commerce, Defense and State. The 2017 show is Kallman’s sixth consecutive edition organizing Americans at Dubai - its tenth overall - and first under the new “USA Partnership Pavilion” banner, which President and CEO Tom Kallman says, reflects a global trend.
“Now more than ever, success in international trade comes from partnership and teamwork. The new USA Partnership Pavilion sharpens our focus on helping advance America’s national interests and security by building stronger relationships with our international customers. Many of our exhibitors — from publicly traded stalwarts to small- and medium-sized enterprises [SMEs] with fewer than 500 employees - already have significant business partnerships and operations in the region. In the years to come, many more will,” said Kallman
Located prominently in the show’s main exhibition hall, the Pavilion is a full-service business destination: an efficient location for buyers to meet more U.S. suppliers, an on-site operations center for American exhibitors to maximize their exposure and impact at the show, and a networking hub for all to share ideas and insights.
The 80-plus exhibitors in the Pavilion represent 26 states, all looking to generate new business and create more jobs back home by growing exports, expanding in-region operations and/or recruiting overseas partners to establish or participate in U.S.-based operations. More than 10 percent of Pavilion exhibitors are new to market, 20 percent are new to the show
Notably, the states of Missouri, North Carolina and Washington, through their individual departments of economic development and commerce, are organizing their own state-branded pavilions - featuring state-based co-exhibitors - within the larger U.S. space.