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:


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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:

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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 IDEX 2013 -- International Defense Exhibition & Conference Detailed Event Information For IDEX 2013 -- International Defense Exhibition & Conference
IDEX 2013 -- International Defense Exhibition & Conference -- Aircraft/Aircraft Parts, Defense Industry Eq., Education/Training Services, Electronic Components, Security/Safety Eq., Telecommunications Eq., Trucks/Trailers/Buses
Location/Date: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 02/17/2013 - 02/21/2013
Event Summary:
The International Defense Exhibition & Conference 2013 (IDEX 2013), serving the Gulf States, is one of the world's largest land and naval defense exhibition. Participating in the USA Pavilion, organized by The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), offers U.S. companies an excellent opportunity to open doors in the Middle East's important defense market. According to Frost & Sullivan's, "The Middle East Defense Market," defense spending in the Middle East is expected to top $100 (USD) billion by 2014, opening up substantial opportunities for U.S. defense companies to develop and expand sales in the region. In addition, IDEX continues to attract a growing number of international decision-makers, and key military and government representatives. Strong representation from the Gulf Cooperation Council and Middle Eastern and North African countries make IDEX 2013 a primary vehicle to reach these influential audiences. Co-located with NAVDEX, which provides a dedicated focus on maritime security, IDEX 2013 is a tri-service event. In 2011, IDEX attracted 1,060 exhibiting companies from 52 countries and over 60,000 attendees. UAE Armed Forces alone purchased US$4 billion worth of equipment at IDEX 2011. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, IDEX 2013 has the full support of the UAE Armed Forces. UAE's procurement budget is expected to grow more than 7 percent over the next 5 years, with US$3.9 billion expenditures planned for 2013. By 2020, UAE is targeted to spend US$5 billion on new defense equipment. Anticipated acquisitions will include naval corvettes, UAVs and helicopters. As the only international defense exhibition featuring live fire demonstrations using live ammunition, with a venue for full display and demonstration of all land and naval defense military hardware, IDEX 2013 provides a premier event for U.S. exhibitors to showcase their products before the top decision makers in the Gulf States, Middle East region and the rest of the world.

John Simmons, London
Regional Senior Commercial Officer
Phone: +971 2 414 2665
Deborah Semb, Trade Event Programs
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-0677
LexaLynn Hooper, AUSA

Phone: 703/907-2666
Amy Frankenstein, AUSA

Phone: 703/907-2666