Largest-ever U.S. Presence at FAMEX 2019 Showcases Industry Commitment to National Security & Economic Partnerships

More than 35 companies representing the United States are exhibiting, a majority in the USA Partnership Pavilion


Mexico City and Waldwick, NJ/April 22, 2019 — The United States aerospace and defense industry will have its largest presence ever at the 2019 edition of FAMEX, the biennial Mexican air show this week. More than 35 exhibitors representing a wide range of U.S. military and commercial aircraft, equipment and services will be looking to strike a balance between growing their share of the market there while helping Mexico realize its own ambitions to become one of the world’s top 10 aerospace and defense suppliers by next year. Last year the country ranked 14th, according to ProMexico, the national trade and investment advocate.

Now in its third edition (Nov. 14-16), FAMEX is one of Latin America’s fastest-growing aerospace and defense shows. The 2017 edition drew more than 200,000 trade and public visitors including 160 state, regional or national buying delegations.

The centerpiece of the U.S. national effort is the USA Partnership Pavilion, organized for the second consecutive edition by Kallman Worldwide, Inc., in coordination with numerous government agencies, including the U.S. departments of Commerce, Defense, State and Transportation.

“The United States Department of Defense is excited to exhibit at FAMEX because it provides an outstanding opportunity to connect U.S. government personnel with our foreign partners and representatives from defense industry,” said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, Director of the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).  “We look forward to discussing how security cooperation programs such as Humanitarian Assistance, Foreign Military Sales [FMS], and Institutional Capacity Building strengthen our alliances and partnerships, and meeting with representatives from defense industry to discuss DSCA’s role in helping them navigate the FMS process.”

Located prominently in Pabellon D, on the Santa Lucia Air Base show grounds, the Pavilion is the United States’ headquarters on-site: a primary destination for buyers looking to meet more U.S. suppliers, an on-site business center for U.S. exhibitors looking to maximize their exposure and impact at the event, and a networking forum for all to share ideas and insights.

Twenty-one companies are exhibiting in the USA Partnership Pavilion, 16 for the first time at FAMEX. Collectively, they represent 11 states, including the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, which features state-based co-exhibitors on its stand within the larger U.S. space.

“Now more than ever, success in international trade comes from partnership and teamwork,” said Kallman Worldwide President and CEO Tom Kallman. “The USA Partnership Pavilion at FAMEX 2019 sharpens our focus on helping advance U.S. national interests and security by building stronger relationships with our Latin American customers.”

U.S. exhibitors are targeting specific sectors for growth in Mexico, and many see opportunities to introduce their products and services to new decision-makers at FAMEX.

“We chose to exhibit for the first time at FAMEX this year due to the changing structure and focus of Mexico’s military, public security, and police organizations,” said Rory Forsythe, Director of Business Development for Integrated Airborne Systems at FLIR Systems, Inc. “Our objective is to ensure we are doing everything we can to support existing customers who have traditionally relied on FLIR’s products to meet their requirements, and to introduce FLIR to new personnel and organizations who will be responsible for these missions in Mexico going forward.”

Jim Simpson, Quality Manager for De-Comp Composites, is targeting the growing manufacturing base for aerospace materials. “The composite and aerospace industries are growing rapidly in Mexico, and we feel this is the best time to get our name and products out into this market,” he said.

AeroVironment, a leading global drone supplier, has “a strong interest in supporting the Mexican and Latin American governments in a variety of unmanned systems initiatives including border security, infrastructure monitoring, oil and gas, public safety, and military missions,” said Milton Quiros, the company’s director of international business development. “We are very excited to be first time exhibitors at FAMEX,” he added.

FIND EXHIBITOR NEWS AND SPOTLIGHTS IN THE ONLINE VISITOR ZONE

In addition to space on site, USA Partnership Pavilion exhibitors are featured in Kallman’s online FAMEX 2019 Visitor Zone at www.kallman.com/famex-2019. The Visitor Zone features a centerpiece searchable Pavilion directory, plus interactive tools — including Exhibitor News Spotlights and images — to connect interested industry professionals and media around the world to the USA Partnership Pavilion, even if they can’t attend FAMEX 2019 in person.


ABOUT KALLMAN WORLDWIDE, INC.

Established in 1963, Kallman Worldwide creates unique opportunities for U.S. companies to strengthen business relationships around the world by maximizing their impact at international trade shows. With its flagship USA Partnership Pavilion, end-to-end exhibitor services, custom stand-building and corporate hospitality programs, Kallman has helped more than 10,000 companies, associations and government agencies “export with purpose and exhibit with confidence” at over 1,500 industry and professional events in 46 countries. The company is a strategic partner of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and a proud recipient of the President’s “E” Award for its role in helping to increase U.S. exports. Kallman Worldwide is headquartered in Waldwick, N.J., and staffs a Latin America office in Santiago, Chile. For more information visit www.kallman.com.

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