SINGAPORE — Against the backdrop of a newly forged regional trade policy, expanding Pacific defense and security relationships, and the 50th anniversary this year of formalized diplomatic relations between the United States and Singapore, American government officials and business executives meeting before the start of the biennial airshow here expressed their shared commitment to promote a level playing field for greater U.S. aerospace and defense industry investment in the Asia-Pacific region.

The biennial Singapore Airshow, Asia’s largest, opens Tuesday, February 16, at the Changi Exhibition Centre. The United States will be the show’s largest international exhibitor, with more than 140 exhibitors and nearly 30 percent of the show’s total 40,000 sqm of indoor exhibit space.

In a pre-show briefing held in the operations center that will support the presence of American military aircraft on display during the show — including the F-16, KC-130J, P-8 and MV-22 — U.S. Ambassador Kirk Wagar, Defense Security Cooperation Agency Director, V. Adm. Joseph Rixey, USN, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis, Marcus Jadotte, presented a cross-section of U.S. diplomatic, defense and commercial interests in the region, and discussed the implications for U.S. industry at the Singapore Airshow.

Coming on the heels of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12-nation Pacific Rim pact signed this past October, their message emphasized opportunities to strengthen relationships, grow exports, improve competitiveness and — by their active participation in the event — demonstrate America’s commitment to invest in the region.

“I am pleased to lead the International Trade Administration delegation to the Singapore Airshow. The airshow provides an unmatched opportunity to form partnerships between U.S. companies and governments across the dynamic Asia-Pacific region,” said Marcus Jadotte, Assistant Secretary of Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA). “Once enacted, the Trans-Pacific Partnership will lead to an overall increase in economic activity and trade for this region, which will increase demand for aviation products. Singapore is consistently a top market for U.S. aerospace parts, averaging more than $5.7 billion in parts imports from the United States between 2005 and 2014.”

In recognition of the critical opportunity international airshows represent to support America’s national objectives in trade, international partnerships and security cooperation, today the Aerospace Industries Association and Kallman Worldwide signed a Memorandum of Agreement to enhance coordination and cooperation between U.S. industry and government and to strengthen America’s global aerospace and defense competitiveness.

“This event marks a continuation of AIA’s efforts to productively work in public-private partnerships with the U.S. government and with groups like Kallman Worldwide to expand our industry’s ability to promote economic growth, technological innovation and our nation’s long-term security interests,” said AIA Chief Operating Officer LTG (Ret.) Robert E. Durbin. “We’re proud to enter into this agreement and firmly believe it will help us as we build the cooperative ties that are so important to the peace, stability, and prosperity of this region.”

AIA and Kallman agreed to work together to enhance access and opportunity for small and medium-sized U.S. aerospace and defense companies, encourage greater business-to-business engagement among the companies and their global customers and suppliers, elevate the conversation between U.S. industry and government to strengthen America’s global aerospace and defense competitiveness, and unite U.S. industry to extend America’s global leadership in aerospace and defense.

“As the designated U.S. Representative and organizer of the U.S. presence at the Singapore Airshow since 2008, Kallman Worldwide has a unique privilege to help U.S. aerospace and defense suppliers develop market opportunities and business relationships,” said company President and CEO, Tom Kallman. “We’re proud to sign this MoA and expand the scope of our longstanding airshow relationship with AIA to better serve the year-round, worldwide interests of America’s aerospace and defense companies.”

About ITA
The International Trade Administration (ITA) is the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace. ITA has 2,200 employees assisting U.S. exporters in more than 100 U.S. cities and 75 markets worldwide. For more information on ITA, visit www.trade.gov.

About AIA
Founded in 1919 shortly after the birth of flight, the Aerospace Industries Association is the most authoritative and influential trade association representing the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft systems, space systems, aircraft engines, homeland and cybersecurity systems, materiel and related components, equipment services and information technology.

About Kallman Worldwide, Inc.
Export with purpose. Exhibit with confidence. Kallman Worldwide is an export marketing advocate focused on helping the United States of America and its leading businesses capitalize on international trade shows and events to grow their share of global markets. Our flagship U.S. International Pavilion programs cover all the details of creating and presenting a professional business environment to buyers, enabling exhibitors, clients and partners to make the most of their event opportunities, cultivate meaningful global business relationships and account for a measurable return on their export marketing investment.

Since 1963, Kallman has helped more than 10,000 companies, associations and government agencies stand out at nearly 1,000 industry and professional events in 46 countries. For more information visit www.kallman.com