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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 K' Show 2013 Detailed Event Information For K' Show 2013
K' Show 2013 -- Plastics Production Machinery, Plastics Materials/Resins
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Location/Date: Dusseldorf, Germany 10/16/2013 - 10/23/2013
Event Summary:
U.S. manufacturers seeking to market their innovative plastics/rubber materials and equipment globally will find a good platform at the world's largest plastics show K'. The triennial K' Show will take place in Dusseldorf, October 16-23, 2013. Last K' Show attracted 3,094 exhibitors from 56 countries and 222,486 visitors from over 100 countries. A total of 110 U.S. companies exhibited at K' Show 2010. Traditionally, K' Show hosts two U.S. Pavilions, one focusing on materials and another presenting machinery. K' Show's main product categories are: Raw materials, auxiliaries; semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics; machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries; services for the plastics and rubber industries. K' Show 2013 is a good market place for U.S. firms seeking strong international exposure. 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 US Commercial Service every step of the way. SERVICE: Before, during and after the show, the U.S. Commercial Service in Germany offers a wide range of support services to American exporters wishing to do business. They include: Individual counseling of U.S. companies interested in K' Show 2013, a pre-show promotion introducing the U.S. exhibitors to potential buyers across the globe, and a full service support package on the show floor which includes but is not limited to a pre-show briefing, free market research and individual counseling by CS Germany's plastics specialist at the show.

Kirsten Hentschel, Dusseldorf
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 49 211-737-767-30
Mark Cooper, Indianapolis
Office Director
Phone: 317-582-2300