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Welcome to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s website for U.S. Building Products and Construction Equipment Companies. This site is your resource for market research reports, trade leads, upcoming industry-related events and advocacy assistance.

Our division of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service, has a global network of 100 offices located throughout the U.S. and over 100 offices located in more than 70 countries. Our worldwide team is here to assist with your international business. To find your local building/construction specialist, please click on the link to the left titled “Local USDOC Offices”.

We specialize in working with the following industry subsectors:

  • Architecture/construction/engineering services
  • Building products (including HVAC, hardware, and power tools)
  • Construction equipment (including mining equipment)
  • Greenbuild & sustainable development
  • Interior design

Our Design & Construction Team members can assist you with the following:

  • International Market Research – our overseas specialists generate reports on the design services sector of target markets around the world. You can access these reports at www.export.gov/mrktresearch in our Market Research Library.
  • Trade Missions & Events – We regularly develop and lead trade missions and events for the design services sector along with key industry associations. These missions provide market access and unrivaled exposure for firms seeking international projects.
  • Webinars – learn about the design sector in a market of interest without leaving your desk.
  • Advocacy – the Advocacy Center coordinates U.S. Government (USG) resources to level the playing field on behalf of U.S. business interests as they compete against foreign firms for government contracts or other U.S. export opportunities.
  • Gold Key Service – provides business meetings with pre-screened contacts, developers, firms, professional associations, government contacts, and/or licensing or joint venture partners.  Through the GKS program, Commercial Service staff will search for and arrange appointments with potential foreign partners in key markets.
  • Single Company Promotion – provides support and official sponsorship in a specific market under the auspices of the American Embassy or Consulate.  Commercial Service staff overseas assists a U.S. company in organizing a product launch, technical seminar, cocktail reception, or similar event in a well-recognized location, such as a hotel or in some cases, the U.S. Ambassador's residence.  A typical event might include a 3-hour program with an introduction by a U.S. Government official followed by detailed company presentation and question/answer session followed by a networking session.  The SCP is an excellent opportunity to support your existing in-country representative by co-presenting to a targeted audience.

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Event Highlight:

Sustainable Building and Construction Business Development Expedition to Mexico City

Date: October 10-14, 2016 

Register your interest: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GJNDCTQ

For more information and questions: Oscar.Magana@trade.gov

Highlights: Briefings from US Embassy Mexico officials, one-on-one meetings with Mexican companies at Expo CIHAC, and evening receptions with decision makers.

Join the U.S. Commercial Service as we explore Sustainable Building & Construction opportunities in Mexico (Mexico city & optional stop in Guadalajara). In April 2014, President Pena Nieto announced a new National Infrastructure Plan for Mexico, focusing on major infrastructure investments to transportation, water, energy, health, urban development, communications, and tourism with an anticipated investment of $586 billion through 2018. Mexico ranks second among top markets for U.S. building product exporters due to its proximity, established transport links and duty-free status under NAFTA. Mexico’s construction environment is highly receptive to U.S. products and reflects an emerging interest in green building.

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Upcoming Conferences

Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities

November 1-3, 2016; Chicago, IL

Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the Illinois District Export Council for Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities. This conference brings together trade experts, industry professionals, and U.S. commercial diplomats via panels and executive meetings to address opportunities and demand for new technologies to make cities more sustainable. Your firm will leave this conference with the critical next steps needed to transform market potential to market success in markets of interest across the world.

Meet One-on-One with U.S. Commercial Diplomats:

Whether to explore market opportunities or receive help in overcoming challenges, meet with U.S. commercial to get your questions answered. The U.S. Diplomats attending will be representing: Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Kenya, Mexico, The Nordics, Peru, The Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, UAE and UK.

 

Worldwide Smart City Development Opportunities

At Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities, attendees will:

  • Learn about 21st century infrastructure projects – and how to build the strong partnerships needed to win business.
  • Understand the demand for new technologies that improve standards of living, create “showcase cities,” increase efficiency, and promote cybersecurity.
  • Explore green technologies and disaster mitigation to make cities more sustainable.

What to Expect:

  • Pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with U.S. commercial diplomats who specialize in multiple industries related to smart cities.
  • Key trends and defining characteristics of smart cities.
  • U.S. government resources and advocacy.
  • Multiple networking opportunities.

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Detailed Event Information For Japan Home & Building Show 2012 Detailed Event Information For Japan Home & Building Show 2012
Japan Home & Building Show 2012 -- Building Products
Location/Date: Ariake -Tokyo, Japan 11/14/2012 - 11/16/2012
Event Summary:
The Japan Management Association will organize a U.S. pavilion at the Japan Home & Building Show on September 14-16, 2012 at Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan. This event is the largest industry trade show in the Japanese residential building product industry, attracting over 90,000 visitors every year. The Japanese housing market has long been regarded as one of the largest markets among developed countries; the most recent new housing starts showed 813,126 newly built homes in 2011, 3.1% increase from 2010. In addition, the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami destroyed tens of thousands of homes and buildings in Northern Japan. The rebuilding effort will lead to high demand for building products including insulation products, toilets, wood products, and exterior wall materials. In March 2011 the Government of Japan implemented its House Eco Point System to give an incentive to homeowners to buy eco-friendly homes or conduct eco-renovation. This program has been extended to the end of December 2012, and includes solar energy systems, water-saving toilets, and high insulated bathrooms. Wall and ceiling insulation products are already in high demand, and the Government of Japan is also set to implement a new efficiency rating system for window insulation performance in April 2011. All these developments will give U.S. manufactures of green building products a good chance to enter into the Japanese residential market. To highlight U.S. exhibitors at the show, there will be a "USA Pavilion.” By exhibiting in the USA Pavilion, U.S. exhibitors will enjoy: 1) discounted participation fee; 2) direct mailing promotion to more than 2,500 Japanese homebuilders, importers and distributors, architects and developers and other housing professionals; 3) premium booth location; 4) USA Pavilion lounge with free internet connection and a free drink and snack service; and 5) support from CS Japan before, during and after the show. The U.S. Commercial Service, Japan believes that the Japan Home & Building Show 2012 will provide an excellent opportunity for U.S. building products companies to enter into the Japanese market or expand their sales in Japan.

Contacts:
John Fleming, Chennai
Principal Commercial Officer
Phone: 91-44-28574059
John.Fleming@trade.gov
Kazuhisa Takabatake, Osaka-Kobe
Senior Commercial Specialist
Phone: +81-6-6315-5955
Kazuhisa.Takabatake@trade.gov
Kevin Haley, Trade Event Programs
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-6434
Kevin.Haley@trade.gov
Ken Knight, Knight Global Solutions, Inc.

Phone: 706-680-6547
ken.knight@knightglobalsolutions.com

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