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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 Nampo Harvest Day 2013 Detailed Event Information For Nampo Harvest Day 2013
Nampo Harvest Day 2013 -- Agricultural Chemicals, Agricultural Machinery & Eq., Agricultural Products, Agricultural Services, Materials Handling Machinery
Pre-Register for this event
Location/Date: Sandton, South Africa 05/14/2013 - 05/17/2013
Event Summary:
NAMPO Harvest Day 2013 will be held May 14-17, 2013 in Bothaville, South Africa. Nampo Harvest Day is the largest agricultural exhibition on the African continent, attracting over 600 exhibitors and 73,550 attendees from 4 continents in 2011 and 71,723 in 2012, the increase in 2011 was due to a public holiday during the show dates. Nampo is important both for its access to the South African agricultural equipment market--Africa's largest and well-established market for U.S. products--and as a venue for selling to buyers from neighboring African countries where commercial agriculture has begun to grow rapidly. The first NAMPO Harvest Day began in 1967. The show covers over 150,000 square meters, most of it outside. The show embraces all agricultural machinery, products and service manufacturers and distributors. In the end, the NAMPO Harvest Day focuses on farmers--its primary customer--and what it takes for the farming community to prosper and grow. U.S. companies can participate in NAMPO in the following ways: Full Exhibition Booth + USA Pavilion Catalog - Includes booth space in the USA Pavilion; listing in the full color USA Pavilion Catalog; listing in a pre-show outreach campaign to prospective partners; and invitation to an international reception. Options include matchmaking appointments, outdoor space for equipment display, A/V, and electronics. Fee: $4500 Mini Exhibition Booth + USA Pavilion Catalog - Includes the same benefits as a full booth. The mini booth allows space for a one meter wide company banner and product literature display. Fee: $1500 USA Pavilion Catalog - Receive a full page promotion of your company and products in the full-color USA Pavilion Catalog. U.S. Commercial Service staff will actively promote your products and gather leads at the show using the catalog. Following the show, you will receive a Market Interest Report and Trade Lead Report. Fee: $499 Initial Market Check: For an initial check into the potential for your products, a South Africa-based Commercial Specialist will contact 5-10 relevant partners in South Africa, introduce your company and products, and summarize the feedback and recommended next steps in a report. Fee: $350 The deadline to register for these programs is March 22, 2013. Internal Comments South Africa is a strategic market for the ITA NEI Agricultural Equipment Strategy. CS Johannesburg and the Fargo USEAC have organized U.S. catalogue exhibitions and pavillions since 2009.

Cinnamon King, Sioux Falls
USEAC Director
Phone: 605/330-4265 or 4264
Denvor Julies, Johannesburg
Commercial Assistant
Phone: 27 11 290 3241
David Royce, North Texas
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 817-684-5354
Heather Ranck, Fargo
Phone: 701-239-5080
Todd Hiser, Cleveland
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 216 522 4756
Mohammed Essay, Johannesburg
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 27112903025