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.

Click the cover below to download a copy:

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 AERO 2013 Detailed Event Information For AERO 2013
AERO 2013 -- Aircraft/Aircraft Parts, Airport/Ground Support Eq.
Location/Date: Friedrichshafen, Germany 04/24/2013 - 04/27/2013
Event Summary:
SERVICES: The U.S. Commercial Service in Germany offers a wide range of support services to U.S. exporters who wish to expand their international business. At AERO 2013, Commercial Specialist Moritz Holst will conduct a pre-show outreach campaign to potential buyers and partners in Germany and beyond. During the 4-day show in Friedrichshafen, he will work out of the Business Information Office (BIO) in the USA Pavilion 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 promotion of the U.S. presence at AERO 2013 will be extended to other European countries in order to provide U.S. exhibitors with business leads, market research and distributor lists on a broader basis. 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 AERO 2013. BACKGROUND: Mark your calendar and don't miss the leading general aviation event in the European market! AERO 2013, the International Trade Exhibition for General Aviation, takes place April 24-27, 2013. Since 2010, the trade show is held annually in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the scenic city of the Zeppelin airships. AERO 2013 will be an ideal stepping stone to enter the European market for general aviation with its location in the three-border-triangle of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The upcoming show will attract more than 500 companies from 30 countries and an estimated 40,000 visitors. Moreover, the organizers expect some 750 press and media representatives from 25 countries. AERO 2013 will cover the following areas: business jets; single and twin-engine aircraft; light aircraft (UL; VLA; LSA); motor gliders; gliders; amphibious aircraft and seaplanes; kit planes; helicopters; air sports equipment; used aircraft; propulsion systems and propellers; components and materials; avionics; cockpit and onboard systems; cabin equipment; ground support equipment; maintenance; repair and overhaul; pilot equipment and supplies; tuition and training; aerodromes; airport equipment and services; other services. In 2011 & 2012, the U.S. Commercial Service reinforced the cooperation with AERO and accompanied their activities with partners, such as the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and AOPA Germany. The organizer, Messe Friedrichshafen, is represented by Luann Alesio, their North American Representative. Ms. Alesio can be contacted at +1-949-489-9982 or More information on AERO 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:

Luann Alesio, L.A. Exhibit Space Sales

Phone: (949) 489-9982
Moritz Holst, Munich
Commercial Assistant
Phone: 49-89-2888-754