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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 Laser World of Photonics 2013 Detailed Event Information For Laser World of Photonics 2013
Laser World of Photonics 2013 -- Biotechnology, Information Services, Laboratory Scientific Instruments, Machine Tools/Metalworking Eq.
Location/Date: Munich, Germany 05/13/2013 - 05/16/2013
Event Summary:
LASER World of Photonics continues to be one of the world's leading trade shows/conference for optical technologies and an ideal platform for international market leaders and innovative start-ups to present their products and applications in the areas of lasers and optronics, optics, production technology for optics, sensor technology and measurement, testing technology and biotechnology, imaging, optical measurement systems, lasers and laser systems for manufacturing and illumination. LASER World of Photonics is held every two years in Munich. The Laser World of Photonics 2011 event attracted 1,100 exhibitors and almost 28,000 visitors from 80 countries. A number of 180 exhibitors from the United States featured their products at Laser 2011. This industry sector is growing rapidly and we therefore believe that Laser 2013 is an ideal platform to market U.S. products to German and international customers. Further information is available from: The U.S. Commercial Service in Germany offers a wide range of support services for U.S. Exhibitors at Laser World of Photonics 2013. We are working with our fellow U.S. Commercial Service Laser/Photonics Specialists in other countries to promote your presence and products to local buyers, distributors and other potential partners in major global markets. - We alert potential partners in Germany that you will be at the show to generate interest in your products or services. - U.S. Commercial Service colleagues in other European countries will promote your products/services to buyers and other potential business partners in their markets. - We provide on-site counseling during the trade show. - We provide you with up-to-date market research (also on other European markets). - We feature your products or services on our official U.S. Commercial Service Germany website to help generate additional business leads. Interested U.S. exhibitors or visitors should contact Ms. Doris Groot, phone: +49-89-2888-749 or email Don't miss this excellent opportunity to enter the international arena and present your products to buyers from all over the globe while receiving complementary and professional support from the U.S. Commercial Service every step of the way. 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:

Doris Groot, Munich
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 49-89-2888-749
Claudia Sixl, Munich Trade Fair Authority

Phone: 49-89-949-11468