U.S. aerospace and defense companies attend the Paris Air Show

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

French capital Paris will host the world’s largest and most diversified global aerospace business gathering from June 19 through 25 at the city’s famed Le Bourget Airport. The biennial event, International Paris Air Show, is expected to draw more than 150,000 trade visitors and as many as 2,300 exhibitors from more than 40 countries. Chief among them, the United States will present 350-plus exhibitors, the largest international contingent outside of France.

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U.S. aerospace and defense companies competing for military, commercial and space business in Europe and around the world will exhibit a wide range of innovative technologies, equipment and services to buyers and influencers attending the Paris Air Show.

Tom KallmanThe centerpiece of the American national effort is the new 4,200-plus sqm 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 12th consecutive edition organizing Americans at Paris, its first under the new “Partnership” banner, which President and CEO Tom Kallman says, reflects a global trend.

Located prominently in Hall 3, 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 an exciting networking hub for all to share ideas and insights.

The 240-plus exhibitors in the Pavilion represent 32 states, including these 18 state pavilions showcasing multiple state-based exhibitors: Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

More than 60 percent of Pavilion exhibitors are SMEs; 78 are first-time Pavilion exhibitors. All are working to initiate or strengthen international partnerships that will generate new business and create more jobs back home, either by growing exports and/or by recruiting overseas partners to establish or participate in U.S.-based operations.

“The United States is the biggest international exhibitor at the Paris Air Show because it’s the world's biggest aerospace and defense industry supplier, but that’s no guarantee buyers will look to work with American companies over others,” said Kallman. “As the organizer of the USA Partnership Pavilion, we have a responsibility to advocate not only for our exhibitors, but for our nation in this highly competitive global marketplace. Click here to book your hotel room in Paris.

In addition to space on site, USA Partnership Pavilion exhibitors are featured in Kallman’s online Paris Air Show Visitor Zone at The Visitor Zone features a centerpiece searchable Pavilion directory, plus interactive tools to help trade visitors plan ahead (and follow up), and to connect interested industry professionals around the world to the show, even if they can’t go.

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