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Farnborough International Airshow (FIA)
July 16-22, 2018
Farnborough, UK

Whether you are an international buyer or a U.S. company, you are invited to visit the U.S. Commercial Service stand at FIA 2018 for business counseling and matchmaking: Hall 2 - stand 2086

Event Summary

Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is the premier gathering place for major national and international manufacturers, sub-contractors and service companies serving the global aerospace industry. Over the last three shows, FIA has grown through the inclusion of associated sectors and now Space, Aviation Security, Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), skills and innovation are an integral part of the show.

FIA 2018 will include over 1500 exhibitors from 40 countries, including over 350 companies from the U.S. The 2018 Exhibitors List is now available for viewing. Also in attendance will be around 70 delegations from 46 countries with over 100 aircraft participating in both static display and flying. There were 107,000 trade attendees over five days at FIA 2016. FIA 2018 will also feature a number of conferences and events hosted by ADS, Aviation Week and exhibitors.

There will be over 17 U.S. States participating at Farnborough in 2018 showcasing their state’s cutting-edge aerospace companies.

Trade days are Monday, 16 July through Friday, 20 July. On Monday the show is open from 10am to 4pm with the flying display beginning at 1:30pm. Tuesday through Friday the show is open from 9:30am to 5:30pm with the flying display beginning at 2:15pm.

Trade Passes to attend the show are available directly from the FIA Show Organizers.

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USA Partnership Pavilion

Kallman Worldwide is again the proud organizer and host of the USA Partnership Pavilion. Over 150 U.S. companies and over 22 U.S. States and Economic Development Offices will be displaying the latest in aerospace technology throughout Halls 2, 3 and 4.

The USA Partnership Pavilion Opening Ceremony will be conducted on Monday afternoon in Hall 2 at 3 pm. The opening ceremony always draws a distinguished crowd of Senators, Governors and senior U.S. Cabinet and Defense Officials. For details on the opening ceremony, please contact Peter McKenna peterm@kallman.com for the latest.

The USA Partnership Pavilion Meeting Point is located in Hall 2 at stand 2145 where you can meet and network with top level executives from the aerospace industry and the Department of Defense.

To exhibit in the USA Partnership Pavilion and take advantage of the added value that Kallman Worldwide provides to U.S. companies at Farnborough, please contact Mike Petrassi mikep@kallman.com.

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Visit the U.S. Commercial Service at FIA 2018

The U.S. Commercial Service, in partnership with Kallman Worldwide, will have a booth in Hall 2 - stand 2086. We anticipate that we will have Trade Specialists from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom at the show to provide counseling so please stop by and visit us.

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Pre-show Virtual Global Chat

Registration closed

Make the most of the Farnborough International Airshow 2018 (FIA 2018)

Develop your international sales thanks to our virtual Global Chat counseling – free of charge

Virtual Global Chat/ShowTime is our market counseling program and for the first time will be done well in advance of Farnborough to help you make the most of your time at the show and to strategize with a greater number of U.S. Embassy experts.  Meet virtually with U.S. Embassy/U.S. Commercial Service Aerospace and Defense Specialists from a range of global markets all on one call*.  On this 30-minute conference call, we will:

  • Review your product's market potential
  • Discuss your market entry strategies
  • Advise on market trends and local business practices
  • Target opportunities for your products and services worldwide

Virtual Global Chat provides you an opportunity to learn more about how U.S. Commercial Service expertise and services via our U.S. Embassies and Consulates can help your business grow.

Registration Deadline: May 4, 2018 --Space is limited (closed)

Additional information and registration for the Virtual Global Chat at FIA 2018.

* Please note that Global Chat/ShowTime is designed for U.S. manufacturing companies and aerospace/defense service providers. We invite trade associations, economic development organizations and other multipliers to encourage their Farnborough exhibitors to register for this complimentary program. Please note that the list of country representatives available for counseling is subject to change.

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Dedication to WWI Heroes

Brookwood American Cemetery and Memorial

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Brookwood is an American Battlefield Memorial Commission (ABMC) managed cemetery located between Farnborough and London. On the Sunday afternoon before the opening of the Farnborough Airshow, Kallman Worldwide will lead American government, military and industry leaders, including Congressional delegates, to attend a private memorial service honoring the heroism and ultimate sacrifice of the 476 WWI U.S. servicemen and women interred here.

Red “Buddy” poppies, long a symbol of the war, will be handed out to all participants to wear in memoriam during the show week. The poppy symbol will also be incorporated into the USA Partnership Pavilion logo on-site at Farnborough as an additional tribute to the sacrifices made by so many for the freedoms we enjoy today.

To participate in this event, please contact Peter McKenna peterm@kallman.com

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The Meet-the-Buyer event hosted by the organizers of the Farnborough International Airshow will introduce your company to those who are currently searching for new business partners.  For the 2018 Meet-the-Buyer edition, FIA is looking to build on the success from FIA 2016 where 173 companies participated, over 1600 meetings took place and more than $15m worth of business was generated.  

The event will provide direct access to companies that are looking to form new business relationships.  Participating companies are matched with potential partners in a series of pre-planned meetings allowing you to maximize time spent at the show. Additional information about the Meet-The-Buyer program.

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Delegations Program

All exhibitors, including SMEs, can take advantage of the comprehensive international Delegations Programs. The Military Delegations Program is world renowned and long established at FIA.  The Commercial Delegations Program has grown rapidly since its introduction in 2012. Deadline to register is May 20.

Personal introductions to key decision makers and influencers, not generally accessible to the open market, are facilitated putting you directly in front of the right people.

For more information on the Delegations Program, please contact: Jayne Thomson 
Protocol and Commercial Research Manager jayne.thomson@farnborough.com
Tel: +44 (0)1252 532800.

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Most receptions associated with the Farnborough International Airshow are by invitation only.

The Farnborough Welcome Reception, hosted by the show organizers, is held on Monday evening and offers networking opportunities for more than 1,200 fellow industry professionals, government officials and international delegations. This reception provides a setting to informally meet with key decision makers, make referrals and exchange business leads at the very start of the busy Farnborough week.

The Farnborough Welcome Reception is exclusive to exhibitors.  To register your interest, please contact: Michelle Clover michelle.clover@farnborough.com

Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) will host two separate receptions during the show:

President’s Reception
Date: Sunday, July 15, 2018
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel

The AIA President’s Reception is an exclusive, executive reception with high-level U.S. government officials, AIA member company executives and foreign delegations to the Farnborough International Air Show.

U.S. Industry Reception
Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: Kensington Palace

The U.S. Industry Reception is the largest reception for the U.S. delegation at the Farnborough International Air Show.  The event is attended by premiere civil aviation, space and defense companies as well as U.S. government executives.  The reception will be held at Kensington Palace in London.

Registration for these events opens May 16.

For more information on AIA events at the 2018 Farnborough International Air Show, please contact events@aia-aerospace.org

Please note: Locations and times are subject to change

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Contact Information and FIA 2018 Information Guide

For addition information, please contact PJ.Menner@trade.gov and April.Redmon@trade.gov

You can also view our FIA 2018 Information Guide which also includes transport information and lodging.

Useful information is also available in our Directory of UK Aerospace & Defense Suppliers.

You can also follow us on Twitter @Export2EuropeLinkedIn CS Europe and CS Europe Facebook.

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