Ask America at FAMEX 2017

U.S. exhibitors will showcase equipment and commitment to aerospace partnerships on both sides of the border

Mexico City and Waldwick, N.J./ April 24, 2017 — U.S. commercial aerospace and defense companies attracted by an increasingly competitive manufacturing environment in Latin America have their sights set on FAMEX 2017, the Mexican airshow, this week, looking to strike a balance between growing their share of the market there while helping Mexico realize its own ambitions to become one of the world’s top 10 aerospace and defense suppliers by 2020.

More than 20 of America’s leading manufacturers and suppliers, many with operating partnerships already in country, are participating in this year’s show. From airframes and engines to materials, components and maintenance services, U.S. exhibitors at FAMEX represent a wide scope of the nation’s most innovative and reliable aerospace and defense solutions.

The hub of the national effort is the USA Partnership Pavilion, organized for the first time at FAMEX by Kallman Worldwide, Inc., in coordination with numerous government agencies, including the U.S. departments of Commerce, Defense and State. Located prominently in Pabellon D, at the Santa Lucia Air Base show site, Kallman’s Pavilion format is well-established around the world as a primary destination for buyers looking for an efficient way to meet more American suppliers, an on-site business center for U.S. exhibitors looking to maximize their exposure and impact at the event, and a networking forum for all to share ideas and insights.

“From publicly traded stalwarts to privately held small-and-medium-sized enterprises [SMEs], U.S. exhibitors are here because Mexico is one of the fastest growing aerospace and defense markets in the world, and America is a great growth partner,” said Kallman Worldwide President and CEO, Tom Kallman. “As the U.S. representative of the show and organizer of the first USA Partnership Pavilion at FAMEX, our team is proud to help American exhibitors strengthen their business relationships in Mexico, not only as suppliers today, but as long-term investors and stakeholders in Mexico’s aerospace and defense success.”

In addition to organizing the national Pavilion, Kallman is rolling out its “Ask America” advocacy campaign inviting show attendees to visit U.S. exhibitors. The “Ask America” message will be placed prominently on site, integrated into hospitality and VIP events during the show, and promoted in social media (follow on Twitter @kallmanEWC).

“The United States is one of the most prominent international exhibitors at FAMEX 2017 because it’s the world’s biggest aerospace and defense supplier, but that’s no guarantee buyers will look to work with U.S. companies over others,” said Kallman. “On behalf of the USA Partnership Pavilion, we have a responsibility to advocate not only for our exhibitors, but for our country in this highly competitive global marketplace. “We invite every FAMEX 2017 visitor to “Ask America,” because we are listening,” he said. “Whether as manufacturing, supply chain, infrastructure or service partners, the United States is committed to our trade and investment partnerships in Mexico, we bring smart ideas to the table and we have the best-skilled workforce — here and in the States — ready to do the job.”


Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) released the following two news items in advance of FAMEX:

Sikorsky to bring M28 turbo-prop airplane to Mexico City in early May
Four flights planned on May 5-6 will demonstrate multi-role flexibility of this powerful STOL aircraft

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, will demonstrate its M28 twin turboprop airplane May 5-6 in Mexico City to commercial operators, government agencies and militaries as part of a 13-city tour across seven Caribbean and Latin American countries. The short takeoff and landing aircraft can take off with a full payload of either 19 seated passengers or a maximum 2,300 kg (5,000 lb) of cargo in just 548 meters (1,800 ft.) of runway length.
Target Markets: Cargo and Airline Transport

Sikorsky offers training and repair services to Mexico Black Hawk operators
Colombia-based flight simulator and MRO facilities also available to regional Black Hawk operators

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, is offering Mexico’s growing Black Hawk helicopter operators the services of a five-axis flight simulator, and a fully equipped maintenance and repair depot in Melgar, Colombia. More than 40 Spanish-speaking Sikorsky Colombia employees staff the two facilities. Sikorsky Colombia’s MRO support team also can travel to Mexico for field repairs. Mexico’s Federal Police, SEDENA, SEMAR and the State of Jalisco collectively operate 48 Black Hawk aircraft.
Target Markets: MRO

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