Singapore / February 5, 2018 — When the Singapore Airshow 2018 opens tomorrow at Changi Exhibition Centre, the United States of America will have the largest international presence on-site with more than 170 exhibitors claiming nearly 30% of the show’s total 40,000 sqm of indoor exhibit space, plus a wide range of military and civil aircraft in static and flying displays.
The U.S. Government’s interagency delegation to the airshow includes senior leaders from the Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The American showing is a strong indication of how important the Indo-Asia-Pacific region is to the U.S. aerospace and defense (A&D) industry. It also demonstrates that countries across the region recognize America’s reputation of excellence and are looking to the United States for innovative solutions and partners.
“America’s robust participation in the Singapore Airshow 2018 is another clear reflection of our unwavering commitment to the region. Given the record of U.S. excellence in aviation, aerospace, and defense, and our leadership in aviation security, it makes sense that countries continue to look to the United States as the preferred economic and security partner,” said Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the U.S. Embassy in Singapore.
“This is not surprising,” said Lieutenant General Charles Hooper, Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency. “America delivers not only the most effective defense systems, but we offer a ‘Total Package’ approach through Foreign Military Sales [FMS], including the provision of training, maintenance and sustainment to support our partners’ full spectrum capabilities. Through FMS we are with our partners for the long run.”
A&D exports accounted for 17% of U.S. exports to Singapore in 2016, contributing a combined $49.5 billion in American aerospace and defense exports to the larger Indo-Asia-Pacific region, according to the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), which credits A&D exports in part for America’s leadership in global trade.
“Innovation is a key to success, both in the aerospace and defense sector and in our international partnerships. The strong American presence at the Singapore Airshow reflects our industry’s commitment to our foreign partners, and to maintaining our role as the world leader in aerospace and defense exports,” said AIA Chief Operating Officer Robert Durbin.
“The American aerospace and defense industry is an essential part of both our nation’s and the world’s economy, supporting over 2.4 million jobs and generating $146 billion in exports in 2016. Globally, American products represent the gold standard for quality and reliability, which is why it is so important for every part of our industry and supply chain to participate in international forums like the Singapore Airshow,” said Durbin.
Most of the U.S. participation at Changi will take place in the nearly 2,000 sqm USA Partnership Pavilion, the centerpiece of the American national presence, organized by Kallman Worldwide, Inc., the U.S. representative of the show since 2008.
The Pavilion features 111 exhibitors (65 for the first time at the show, 31 of which are also new to market), representing 23 states and a wide cross-section of U.S. industry, all looking to generate new business and create jobs by growing exports, expanding in-region operations and/or recruiting overseas partners to establish or participate in U.S.-based operations.
Notably, seven state departments of economic development and commerce — Arizona, California, Idaho, Maryland, Missouri, New York and Oregon — will host their own state-branded pavilions featuring state-based co-exhibitors within the larger USA Partnership Pavilion.
The 2018 show is Kallman’s first under the new “USA Partnership Pavilion” banner, which President and CEO Tom Kallman says reflects a global trend and America’s regional success.
“Now more than ever, success in international trade comes from partnership and teamwork. The new USA Partnership Pavilion sharpens our focus on promoting American innovation and enterprise to build stronger relationships in the global community,” said Kallman.
FIND EXHIBITOR NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS AT THE VISITOR ZONE
In addition to exhibit space on site, USA Partnership Pavilion exhibitors are featured in Kallman’s online Singapore Airshow Visitor Zone at kallman.com/singapore-airshow-2018. The Visitor Zone features a centerpiece searchable Pavilion directory, plus interactive tools — including Exhibitor News Summaries and images — to connect interested industry professionals and media around the world to the USA Partnership Pavilion, even if they can’t attend the Singapore Airshow 2018 in person.