Record U.S. Participation in Avalon Airshow Reflects Growing American Investment in Australian Trade, Manufacturing and Supply Partnerships

More than 80 U.S. companies are exhibiting — a majority in the U.S. International Pavilion — representing more than 20 states, including five state pavilions

Geelong, Australia and Waldwick, NJ/February 27, 2017 — U.S. aerospace and defense companies will converge on Geelong and Avalon 2017, the Australian International Aerospace & Defence Exposition, in record numbers this week, looking to build on long-standing bilateral alliances — and a favorable trade and investment economy — to gain a stronger foothold in Australia, one of the fastest growing defense markets in the world, as well as the wider Asia-Pacific region.

More than 80 of America’s leading manufacturers and suppliers, many with proven operating partnerships already in country are participating in this year’s show, notably: The Boeing Company (Australia is its largest operation outside of the U.S.), Lockheed Martin (more than 800 employees across Australia and New Zealand), Northrop Grumman (aiming to double its Australian footprint in the next three years) and Raytheon (operating locally as Raytheon Australia since 1999).

Collectively, U.S. exhibitors at Avalon represent more than 20 states, including five state economic development groups from Oregon, Maryland, Oklahoma, and a combined New England/New York stand. Oregon arrives on the heels of a nearly $100 million deal that has Perth, Australia-based Orbital UAVE setting up shop in the state to produce engines for Boeing unmanned aerial vehicle subsidiary InSitu. California, the “most-represented state” with nearly 20 state-based exhibitors, is also expected to send Eric Eide, Director of International Trade for the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles, to further interests following the recent opening of Qantas’s US $30 million A380 servicing complex at LAX.

The centerpiece of the American presence at Avalon is the U.S. International Pavilion, organized by Kallman Worldwide, Inc., in coordination with numerous U.S. government agencies, including the departments of Commerce, Defense and State. Located prominently in Hall 3, the Pavilion is a well-established destination for buyers looking for an efficient way to meet a critical mass of leading 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 Australia is one of the world’s leading buyers of aerospace and defense equipment, and this event attracts real business prospects and customers,” said Kallman Worldwide President and CEO, Tom Kallman. “As the representative of the Australian International Airshow and organizer of the U.S. International Pavilion at Avalon since 2005, our team is proud to work with our counterparts at Industry Defence and Security Australia, Ltd. to help exhibitors capitalize on this event and further strengthen our two nations’ bilateral aerospace, defense and economic partnerships.“

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 the biggest international exhibitor at Avalon 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 U.S. International 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 Avalon 2017 visitor to ask America because we are listening,” he said. “Whether as manufacturing, supply chain or service partners, the United States is committed to our trade and investment partnerships in Australia, we bring smart ideas to the table and we have the best-skilled workforce — here and in the States — ready to do the job.”


From airframes and engines to materials and components, U.S. exhibitors at Avalon 2017 represent a wide scope of the nation’s most innovative and reliable aerospace and defense solutions. The following exhibitors in the U.S. International Pavilion invite media to inquire about their products and services:

Booth 3F1-F
ADDEV Acquires VMS Aircraft Company

Strengthened capabilities in aviation maintenance support

ADDEV, a leading supplier of high performance materials, has acquired San Diego-based VMS Aircraft Company Inc., expanding the global and aerospace reach of ADDEV, and strengthening the capability of VMS Aircraft. VMS Aircraft has broad expertise in shelf-life sensitive consumables, and will be at Avalon 2017 highlighting strengthened capability for aerospace support, including the new 3M Mix on Demand applicators for polysulphide sealants.

Target Markets: Maintenance, Shelf-life Sensitive Consumables
Contact: Mehul Sheth, CEO, VMS Aircraft Company, San Diego, CA, +1- 858-277-9500;

Booth 3A3
MTS-209 Selected to Support Thailand T-50 Trainer Aircraft

Common Armament Test Set Offers Comprehensive I-Level Test Capabilities for T-50 Aircraft

Marvin Test Solutions’ MTS-209 Common Armament Test Set has been selected by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) as part of the support package for a group of T-50TH aircraft purchased by the Thai Air Force. The new aircraft will replace aging L-39 Albatros trainers. The T-50 “Golden Eagle” was jointly developed by KAI and Lockheed Martin as a multi-role trainer and has several variants, including a light combat aircraft, capable of supersonic speeds.

Target Markets: Weapons, Maintenance, Test
Contact: Linda Holtkamp, Marketing Communications Coordinator, Marvin Test Solutions, Irvine, CA, +1-949-263-2222;

Booth 3A12
Maryland: Aerospace and Defence Powerhouse

9040 aerospace and defence businesses, 400 research centres, 20 military bases and the most educated workforce in the United States. Come to the State of Maryland stand to see a diverse range of state of the art aerospace and defence-related products.

Target Markets: Security, Logistics, Anti-Ballistics
Contact: Andrew Kreinik, Regional Manager, State of Maryland, Owings Mills, MD, +1-410-585-4055;

Booth 3D14
The State of Oregon’s “Business Oregon” Will Be Exhibiting at Avalon for the First Time Ever!

Business Oregon will showcase four solid, impressive industry firms in heavy lift helicopters, aviation, search and rescue and UAV industries. Columbia Heli, Rosen Sunvisor, Aircraft Rubber and Deployed Logix are exhibiting. We are also pleased to report that another four Oregon-based firms will be displaying product “on their own” at Avalon 2017, including Flir Systems, Lektro, and Pacific Coast Avionics.

Target Markets: Maintenance, MRO, Aircraft Interior, Search & Rescue, Disaster Preparedness, Security, Helicopter
Contact: Alexa Byers, Global Trade Specialist, Business Oregon, Portland, OR, +1-503-475-1832;

Booth 3F1-D
New PT-4500H Cordless Riveter
Cordless Blind Riveter & Lockbolt installation tool kit

The tool installs fasteners through 1/4″ (6.4mm) diameter. The new 18-volt brushless motor provides a rapid stroke and a long tool life. The PT-4500H uses Huck, FSI and Cherry pulling heads. The tool can be adapted with special offset and right angle pulling heads.        

Target Markets: Maintenance, Sheet Metal, MRO
Contact: Mark Herand, VP of Sales & Marketing, Fastening Systems International, Inc., Sonoma, CA, +1-707-935-1170;

Booth 3F1-C
Desser Tire Supports Commercial and Military AC Tire Programs with New Tire, Retreading and Blended Pricing Programs

Desser is the largest stocking distributor of Goodyear, Michelin, and Dunlop military and commercial Aircraft/Helicopter tire platforms, and retreads most sizes up to 225 MPH, offering tire programs to fit all budgets.

Desser Tire and it’s affiliate repair station, Aero Wheel and Brake Service Corp, LLC (U8SR971J) is a Los Angeles based distributor for every major aircraft tire line and it’s wholly owned repair station, services all commercial and most military wheel and brake market segments, and retreads tires up to 225 mph rating, from small GA aircraft, to large commercial and military platforms, and can tailor programs for most military and commercial operators worldwide.

Target Markets: Commercial Jet transport, General Aviation, Air Cargo Carriers, Light Sport Aircraft, Helicopter, Regional Jet and Turboprop, Business and Corporate Aviation, Military Fixed Wing, Military Rotor Wing
Contact: Ken Faire, VP Sales and Marketing, Desser Tire, Montebello, CA, +1-323-721-4900 x312;

Booth 3A12
TCOM, Global Tethered Aerostats Leader for ISR, to Share Latest Innovations for Effective Border Security at Avalon 2017

TCOM’s aerostats can simultaneously support passive surveillance payloads like COMINT, SIGINT, and ELINT, thermal imaging and optical sensors, and communications payloads at the lowest possible hourly cost for an airborne asset.

The early detection and direct communications with air and sea assets afford the critical window of time to evaluate the situation, coordinate forces, and engage. TCOM’s Aerostat systems have the payload size, weight and power capacity to support high-performance radars. By blending leading edge technology, manufacturing and field operation capabilities, TCOM has provided ISR systems with complete persistent surveillance capabilities. TCOM’s delivered systems include fixed-site deployments, fully transportable systems and specialized sea-based deployments.

Target Markets: Persistent Surveillance Systems, Tethered Aerostats, Maritime Border Security
Contact: Jodi Sokol, Business Development, TCOM, LP, Columbia, MD, +1-410-312-2355;

Booth 3A12
Semforex Goes to Australia

Small U.S. company introduces new innovative ballistics products to the world market

Semforex,Inc., a ballistics apparel company, will introduce its comfortable form-fitting concealable ballistic products in the State of Maryland Exhibitors Booth at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defense Exposition at the Avalon Airport in Geelong Victoria. These products are designed to make ballistic equipment more comfortable and therefore safer for the men and women who wear body armor equipment.

Target Markets: Law Enforcement, Private Security, Military
Contact: Saundra L. Lamb, Esq., President, Semforex, Inc., Beltsville, MD, +1-240-391-8145;


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