Aerospace & Defense

National Aerospace FDI Exposition (Expo).  

The International Trade Administration, SelectUSA, and the Aerospace States Association are co-hosting the National Aerospace Foreign Direct Investment Exposition in Los Angeles on October 26-28, 2015.

The Expo provides information and resources for international companies looking to establish a presence in the United States. Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the U.S. aerospace manufacturing sector is growing rapidly, outpacing the average FDI growth in all U.S. industries. Through matchmaking meetings arranged by the Expo organizers, investors can meet one-on-one with economic developers and officials to explore opportunities and learn about resources and incentives. Top government and industry speakers will discuss the dynamics and trends of the U.S. aerospace manufacturing industry. Confirmed speakers include senior officials from the departments of Commerce, Defense, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as well as senior industry representatives (including the president of Airbus’ operations in North America). Registration is already live and the website, including a draft agenda, can be found here:


Welcome to the U.S. Commercial Service Aerospace and Defense Technology Team Page.

We are the industry’s primary export resource and should be your first point of contact when looking to sell internationally. Our team of domestic and international trade specialists, located at our Export Assistance Centers in the United States and at U.S. Embassies overseas, is prepared to assist in increasing your export sales. U.S. Points of Contact are available to discuss your international business needs.

The aerospace & defense industry has been a cornerstone of the U.S. economy for decades and has provided well-paying jobs for a variety of skill levels. The industry’s position is now challenged by global competition, changes in technology, national and worldwide economic conditions, and global policies affecting defense, civilian and commercial aviation. To maintain this important sector of the U.S. economy, the U.S. Commercial Service strives to provide assistance to increase the industry’s competitiveness. Specifically, the Aerospace and Defense Technology Team works with companies to help them:

  • Gain access to international sales opportunities
  • Identify international representatives and agents
  • Vet potential international partners
  • Maximize trade show efforts
  • Understand relevant aerospace and defense market opportunities worldwide

Take Action Now: Contact an Aerospace and Defense trade specialist, explore upcoming events and trade leads, and increase your international sales. We look forward to working with you!


For detailed country by country analysis on worldwide markets, please see the Aerospace Resource Guide.

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The lead author of this report is Fred Elliott, an international trade specialist on the Aerospace Team in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Jonathan Alvear, Alexis Haakensen, and Kim Wells, also Aerospace Team staff members, collaborated in developing statistical methodology and prepared country case studies. Chris Blaha, Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis, provided trade data and statistical analysis. Scott Kennedy, Aerospace Team Leader, managed the team effort.

Detailed Event Information For Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013 Detailed Event Information For Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013
Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013 -- Aircraft/Aircraft Parts, Electronic Components, Leather/Fur Products, Security/Safety Eq., Textile Fabrics
Location/Date: Hamburg, Germany 04/09/2013 - 04/11/2013
Event Summary:
Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013 is the world's largest event dedicated to the aircraft interiors industry. As the unrivaled launch pad for tomorrow's designs in cabin interiors, in-flight entertainment, connectivity, and passenger services, Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013 is the event for U.S. companies to showcase their products and services. Held April 9-11, 2013 in Hamburg, Germany, the Show will showcase the full spectrum of technologies and products for airline manufacturers and operators (amenities, cabin management systems, cockpit doors, fasteners, galleys & galley equipment, lighting/LED, materials, plastic molding, refrigeration, repairs & restoration, safety equipment, uniforms, and more). Over three days, Airline Interiors Expo offers exhibitors the opportunity to meet and network with more than 8,000 trade visitors from over 90 countries. Aircraft Interiors Expo is co-located with World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo to provide the complete global passenger experience. A conference also will be held in conjunction with the two expos. The highly targeted conference will provide insightful plenary sessions, panel discussions and case studies as well as the opportunity to network with industry leaders and the world's most innovative airlines. The U.S. Commercial Service in Germany plans to offer a wide range of support services to U.S. exhibitors at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013. U.S. exhibitors interested in expanding their international business can take advantage of a pre-show outreach campaign to potential buyers and partners in Germany and the rest of Europe, on-site support services which will include market research, key contacts lists, and counseling to assist in identifying European representatives. Also tentatively planned is an official U.S. Exhibitor Reception at the American Consulate General the evening before Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013 begins.

Deborah Semb, Trade Event Programs
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-0677
Mary Ellen Guerrlich, Reed Exhibitions

Phone: 203/840-5342
Jessica Arrien, Reed Exhibitions

Phone: 203/840-5358
Moritz Holst, Munich
Commercial Assistant
Phone: 49-89-2888-754