U.S. is Pitching Innovation and Partnership at Paris Air Show 2017

New USA Partnership Pavilion extends “an invitation for global cooperation;” promotes investment, innovation, workforce support for U.S. customers.

  • New USA Partnership Pavilion extends “an invitation for global cooperation;” promotes investment, innovation, workforce support for U.S. customers
  • Theme “Celebrating a Century of French and American Partnership,” underscores mutual benefits of long-term, bilateral alliances

Paris, France and Waldwick, NJ/ May 25, 2017 — The upcoming International Paris Air Show (June 19-25) will showcase the leadership of American aerospace and defense companies in producing innovative systems that bolster international security, enhance global economic development and strengthen long-term, bilateral alliances.

“No person, no company, no country succeeds in isolation. Now more than ever, success in international trade comes from partnership and teamwork,” said Kallman Worldwide, Inc., President and CEO Tom Kallman, longstanding organizer of the U.S. presence at Le Bourget, who this year will unveil America’s new onsite headquarters at the show, the USA Partnership Pavilion.

More than 350 U.S. companies are expected to exhibit at Paris this year; 240-plus representing 32 states in Kallman’s new 4,200 sqm Pavilion, located prominently in Hall 3. In addition, many U.S. civil and military aircraft will be displayed during the show.

“For two decades, our successful U.S. International Pavilion helped sharpen America’s focus on the opportunities expanded trade has for keeping the entire U.S. industrial base healthy, so that it can continue to invest in technological innovation and create good paying jobs,” he said.

“Now into our third decade at the Paris Air Show, the new USA Partnership Pavilion builds on that foundation to help position U.S. companies to advance our nation’s leadership in the global economy. Many of our American exhibitors — from publicly traded stalwarts to small- and medium-sized enterprises [SME’s] — already have significant sales and partnership opportunities in the global marketplace. In the years to come, many more will,” Kallman said.

He pointed to 20 state economic development groups exhibiting in dual roles in the Pavilion at Paris as examples of how U.S. industry is developing business partnerships at home and internationally: promoting state-based companies looking to grow exports overseas, and at the same time prospecting for overseas companies to establish or expand operations in the U.S.

The U.S. Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), a sponsor of the USA Partnership Pavilion with 36 AIA member companies on board as exhibitors, is likewise an advocate for the long-term, large-scale benefits of bilateral, multi-national business development.

“The American aerospace and defense industry is proud to work with partner and allied nations to advance the cause of global security and economic prosperity,” said AIA President and CEO, David Melcher. “AIA’s participation in the USA Partnership Pavilion at Paris underscores our commitment to engage with worldwide beneficiaries of American defense, civil aviation and space products.”

Melcher added, “Venues like the USA Partnership Pavilion also provide us the opportunity to highlight the fact that small- and medium-sized companies in the supply chain represent 56 percent of the value of all U.S. aerospace and defense exports. They are our industry’s and our country’s essential exporters.”

To punctuate the message, the USA Partnership Pavilion will celebrate “a century of French and American partnership” during the Paris Air Show. Starting with the 1916 founding of the Escadrille Americaine comprised largely of American volunteers flying for France during World War I (it was renamed the Escadrille Lafayette later that year), and continuing through milestone military, commercial and space achievements of the 20th and now 21st Centuries, the relationship between the two countries exemplifies the spirit of bilateral cooperation for mutual success promoted at Le Bourget.

The theme will be promoted in the USA Partnership Pavilion during the show, and will be the topic of the keynote conversation between AIA and GIFAS, the French aerospace industries association, at the opening of The Forum, the new USA Partnership Pavilion networking and presentation stage, on Tuesday, June 20.

“Since the days of the Wright brothers and Bleriot, France and the United States have shared a proud history, healthy competition and mutual respect for each other’s pioneering accomplishments in flight,” said the Chairman of the Paris Air Show, Emeric d’Arcimoles. “We are pleased this year to host the new USA Partnership Pavilion and look forward to joining our American partners in the conversations and celebrations of our two nations.”


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 USA Partnership 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. The company is a strategic partner of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and a proud recipient of the President’s “E” Award. Kallman is headquartered in Waldwick, N.J., and staffs a Latin America office in Santiago, Chile. For more information visit www.kallman.com/shows/paris-air-show-2017