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Machinery, Materials & Technology (M3T)

Welcome to the website of the U.S. Commercial Service’s Machinery, Materials & Technology (M3T) Team for U.S. manufacturers who want to export. The M3T Team's in-depth industry expertise seeks to provide up-to-date export assistance and value-added services for the exports of industrial machinery and materials in the chemicals, plastics, composites, paper/pulp, material handling, metal-working and machine tools sectors. Since exports boost the economy and greatly increase a company’s profitability, many small and medium-sized manufacturers are now exploring opportunities to increase market share outside of the U.S. The manufacturing sector in the United States has been a cornerstone of our economy for decades. To maintain this important sector of the U.S. economy, the U.S. Commercial Service provides assistance to increase the industry’s competitiveness by providing insight and research on foreign markets, programs to help U.S. firms enter new markets and services to help them find qualified business partners.

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Upcoming Trade Events for 2015:

  • Expo Manufactura 2015 – The industrial showcase of northern Mexico held at Cintermex in Monterrey, Mexico, February 3-5, 2015. For details, see:
  • NPE 2015 – The International Plastics Showcase, Orlando, Florida March 23-27, 2015. Showtime and Executive Matchmaking services available. For details:
  • ACREX India 2015 – February 26-28, 2015 in Bangalore, India. This show is focused on the heating, refrigeration and air conditioning industries. For details, see:
  • FABTECH Mexico 2015 – May 5-7, 2015, Cintermex, Monterrey, Mexico (now co-located with AWS Weldmex, METALFORM Mexico and COATech. For details, see:
  • CHINAPLAS 2015 – to be held in Guangzhou, China, May 20-23, 2015. CHINAPLAS is the third largest plastics show worldwide. For details, see:

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Detailed Event Information For Ligna 2013 Trade Fair (Forestry and Wood Industries) Detailed Event Information For Ligna 2013 Trade Fair (Forestry and Wood Industries)
Ligna 2013 Trade Fair (Forestry and Wood Industries) -- Forestry/Woodworking Machinery
Location/Date: Hannover, Germany 05/06/2013 - 05/10/2013
Event Summary:
SERVICES: The U.S. Commercial Service Germany offers a wide range of support services to U.S. exporters who wish to expand their international business. At Ligna 2013 Commercial Specialist Bettina Capurro will conduct a pre-show outreach campaign to potential buyers and partners in Germany and beyond. During the 5-day show in Hannover, she will be supporting Hannover Fairs U.S., meeting with U.S. exhibitors, providing market input, ad-hoc interpreting, logistics assistance, and one-on-one counseling sessions to assist them in finding European representatives, and helping U.S. exhibitors with IPR, VAT recovery issues. Please contact Bettina Capurro at +49-89-28 88-751 or if you any questions. She can give further information about our services, including the possibility to be featured on to generate additional business leads. The U.S. Commercial Service looks forward to seeing you at Ligna 2013! BACKGROUND: During the five-day run of the "world fair for the forestry and wood industries" in 2011, 1,765 exhibitors from 52 nations presented their products and services on total display space of 1.4 million square feet. A strong exhibitor lineup cemented LIGNA's reputation as the world's No. 1 event for the forestry and wood industries. LIGNA HANNOVER 2011again impressively demonstrated its international appeal, drawing 90,000 visitors from over 90 different countries. In terms of countries and/or regions of origin, the percentage remained stable, most notably for the Americas and Asia. An upswing in attendance was registered for Russia, Finland, the United Kingdom, Austria and Sweden. Attendance was also up from the U.S. and The Netherlands. 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 a single right that protects industrial design or trademark in the entire 25-nation EU mega-market of 450 million people. Both national trademarks and the CTM can be registered through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 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:

Bettina Capurro, Munich
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 49-89-288-8751