Against a backdrop of persistent regional tensions, multi-factional terrorist threats and declining oil prices, which contributed to the first defence budget declines in a decade across Africa, US suppliers are seeking to grow their share of the continent’s aerospace, defence and security markets.
Here at AAD, the centrepiece of the national effort is the US International Pavilion in Hangar 3, organised by Kallman Worldwide Inc, where some 30 exhibitors from publicly traded stalwarts such as Harris, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins to privately held small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with fewer than 250 employees, will be ‘open for business’. Exhibitors from 12 US states are seeking to initiate or strengthen international partnerships that will generate new business and create more jobs back home.
“When US companies commit to exhibit at Africa Aerospace & Defence, they’re saying they believe in the power of this event to attract real business prospects and customers,” said Kallman Worldwide president and CEO, Tom Kallman.
“Our team is proud to work closely with the organisers to help our exhibitors succeed at this show, whether as prime contractors or subcontractors in support of overseas manufacturers, service partners and their end-user customers. We want every show visitor to ‘ask America’ because we are listening, and we can help them gain a competitive edge in any market sector, anywhere in the world.
“The US is committed to our international trade partnerships, we bring the best technology and innovation to the table and we have the best-skilled professionals ready to do the work,” added Kallman.
To inform and strengthen the business conversation, Kallman is hosting the US International Pavilion Forum, a new presentation space located in Hangar 3, Stand E10. The Forum will feature a three-day series of presentations by government, military and industry thought leaders, including the US Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, Heidi Grant; Johan van Rensburg, senior commercial specialist, US Commercial Service, Johannesburg; and Rakhee Ramgolam, turnaround executive, office of the CEO at Armscor, the Armaments Corporation of South Africa.