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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

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Detailed Event Information For Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013 Detailed Event Information For Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013
Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013 -- Aircraft/Aircraft Parts
Location/Date: Hamburg, Germany 04/09/2013 - 04/11/2013
Event Summary:
SERVICES: The U.S. Commercial Service (CS) in Germany offers a wide range of support services to U.S. exporters who wish to expand their international business. At Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013, Commercial Specialist Moritz Holst will conduct a pre-show outreach campaign to potential buyers and partners in Germany. He will team up with CS aerospace specialists in selected European countries to alert European buyers about the U.S. presence at the show. During the 3-day show in Hamburg, he will work the floor and meet with U.S. exhibitors, provide them with market research reports, key contact lists and do one-on-one counseling sessions to assist them in finding European representatives. Holst will also help U.S. exhibitors with IPR and VAT recovery issues. The U.S. Commercial Service program will start with the official U.S. Exhibitor Reception at the American Consulate General on the evening before the show. This is a tentative event, however, which will be confirmed some 3 months before the show. Please contact Moritz Holst at +49-89-28 88-754 or if you have any questions. He can give further information about our services, including the possibility to be featured on Germany to generate additional business leads. The U.S. Commercial Service looks forward to seeing you at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013. BACKGROUND: The Aircraft Interiors Expo is the largest dedicated aircraft interiors event in the world. The 2013 edition of the show will take place April 9-11 in Hamburg, Germany. Once again, it 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 moldings, refrigeration, repairs & restoration, safety equipment, uniforms). The U.S. Commercial Service will revive its tradition of hosting a U.S. Exhibitor Reception at the American Consulate General on Monday, April 8th, 2013. The reception offers a platform for U.S. exhibitors to foster business relations with German and international trade visitors. This pre-show evening event is regarded as an unofficial kick-off to the show by many in the aerospace industry. It attracts decision makers from well known OEMs, such as Airbus and Boeing, and provides the optimal setting to meet and mingle with all types of buyers in the interiors supply chain (e.g., composites, seating, lighting and VIP applications). In 2013, some 550 exhibitors will showcase their products to more than 8,000 trade visitors from over 90 countries. Almost one fifth of the exhibitors will be from the United States. The organizer, Reed Exhibitions, is represented by Tom Mapes, their North American Representative. Mr. Mapes can be contacted at (203) 840-5526 or More information on Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013 is available at IMPORTANT NOTE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS (IPR): The U.S. Commercial Service in Germany is proactively engaged in defending American companies against counterfeit and copyright infringement. IPR is an important part of corporate value and international competitiveness. U.S. trademark, design and patent rights do not of themselves provide protection in Germany or the rest of the European Union (EU); U.S. companies must protect their IPR here in Europe. It is possible to register in countries individually or, for EU-wide trademark and design protection, there are a Community Trademark (CTM) and Registered Community Design (RCD). These provide protection for your industrial design or trademark in the entire 27-nation EU mega market of more than 470 million people. Both national trademarks and the CTM can be applied for from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as part of an international trademark registration system. The U.S. Commercial Service can provide information on EU-wide protection for IPR and defend IPR in Europe at trade fairs. More information is available on our website: Please also visit our website to obtain info about U.S. Commercial Service programs and services designed to help U.S. exporters succeed in the German and European markets, and about VAT recovery procedures:

Tom Mapes, Reed Exhibitions

Phone: (203) 840-5526
Moritz Holst, Munich
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 49-89-2888-754

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