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International Paris Air Show, the largest and longest-running aerospace trade show in the world, taking place in June ● Along with ten Michigan companies, MEDC's Pure Michigan Business Connect program to participate, generate leads
LANSING, Mich. – Business leaders from ten Michigan companies will join the Michigan Economic Development Corporation at the International Paris Air Show, taking place June 17 through June 20 in Paris, France. Participants will meet with prospective partners, distributors and customers to increase export opportunities in the global aerospace industry.
Automation Alley is coordinating the trade mission in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s International Trade Program in a combined effort to promote bilateral trade. Since its inception in 2012, the International Trade Program has worked with Michigan companies to support more than $2.8 billion in export sales and 13,287 jobs across the state.
“Aerospace is more important to our state and nation than ever before. Michigan has placed a special emphasis on this sector, helping both Michigan suppliers and engineers within the state to diversify into the industry,” said MEDC Chief Executive Officer Jeff Mason. “The International Paris Air Show will open doors for these companies by connecting them with aerospace commodity buyers from around the globe, ultimately growing their businesses and bringing more and better jobs to Michigan residents.”
The International Paris Air Show, which is held in odd years and began more than 100 years ago, is the largest and longest-running aerospace trade show in the world. The 53rd show will take place at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions June 17-20 and will bring together players from the global aerospace industry.
In addition to co-exhibiting in the U.S. Pavilion, participants can engage in pre-arranged vetted business-to-business meetings during the show. Also available is private meeting space as part of Michigan’s exhibition, several networking events, travel arrangements and other in-country support.
MEDC's Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) program will once again participate at Paris Air Show to generate new leads for Michigan companies. The show has been a driving force for the program's success in the aerospace industry. Through PMBC's matchmaking service, the program has facilitated over $29 million in revenue from purchase orders and 639 aerospace-related contracts and purchase orders. Since 2011, PMBC has supported 29 aerospace matchmaking initiatives and will continue to leverage future activities to help Michigan continue to grow as a top state for aerospace manufacturing.
The companies participating in the Paris Air Show are:
Bill Andre, vice president of Mt. Clemens-based Hydra-Lock, said his company has participated in four previous MEDC-led trade missions and has seen increased export sales as a result of each mission.
“MEDC navigates the challenges a company has in procuring partners in another country, and not only customers but also sales representatives. With MEDC’s assistance, Hydra-Lock was finally able to find a sales rep. in Mexico and since then have seen our sales to that country increase by 30 percent,” Andre said. “With MEDC’s matchmaking support, companies are able to find great partners that have a long-term effect on the bottom line.”
Michigan ranks in the top 10 for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness based on tax climate, operating costs, education and industry representation. More than 600 companies in Michigan are contributing to the aerospace and/or defense industries. Pratt & Whitney, GE Aviation, Arconic, Hutchinson, Parker-Hannifin and Eaton Corporation call the state home, and nine of the 10 largest aerospace/defense R&D firms have a presence in Michigan.
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