US pitching partnerships at AAD 2018


African countries looking to strengthen national and economic security will find American manufacturers and suppliers equipped with a wide range of innovative solutions at Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) 2018, being held from 19 to 23 September at Waterkloof Air Base in Centurion.

This is the message from Kallman Worldwide Inc, the organisers behind the USA Partnership Pavillion at AAD. Kallman is the show’s official US representative, in coordination with government agencies including the departments of Commerce, Defense and State.

More than 30 US-based companies will exhibit at this year’s AAD, 26 in the USA Partnership Pavilion.
“US technology and services can increase economic prosperity and opportunity in African nations just as they have done in the United States,” said Jessica Lapenn, ChargĂ© d’Affaires, US Diplomatic Mission to South Africa. “Aerospace and defense are important industries across the continent, and AAD 2018 offers valuable opportunities for U.S. companies to make lasting connections with private sector and government representatives from South Africa and beyond.”

Located prominently in Hangar 3, the USA Partnership Pavilion is America’s headquarters on-site: an efficient location for buyers to meet more US suppliers, a professional business center for US exhibitors looking to maximize their exposure and time at the event, and a forum for all to share ideas and insights.

Ranging from publicly-traded stalwarts such as The Boeing Company, Harris Corp, Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins to privately held small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with fewer than 250 employees, Pavilion exhibitors hail from 10 states, including the Maryland state pavilion, which features state-based co-exhibitors within the larger US space.

Ten Pavilion exhibitors are new to market, 14 are new to the show and all are looking to generate new business and create jobs back home by growing exports, expanding overseas and/or recruiting international partners to establish or participate in US-based operations.

Notably, the participation of the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), America’s foreign military sales agent, reflects rising interest and investment in partnerships that strengthen the defense and security alliances between the United States and African nations.

The US Air Force will have aircraft on display for public viewing, to include C-130J Super Hercules, C-17 Globemaster III and LC-130H. An RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle and US Navy P-8A Poseidon will also be featured during the show.
“Now more than ever, success in international trade is driven by partnership and teamwork,” said Kallman Worldwide President and CEO Tom Kallman. “America’s presence at AAD 2018 is a strong indication of how important Africa is to US aerospace and defense suppliers, and that buyers and influencers here are also looking to the US for innovative solutions and partners.”