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Posted on: February 6, 2012

Kansas recruiting exhibitors for Farnborough Airshow in July

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition will sponsor the “Kansas Pavilion” during the Farnborough International Airshow, which is set for July 9-15 in Farnborough, England. The pavilion will give Kansas aviation-related businesses a chance to showcase their products and services at one of the world’s largest aerospace shows.

“This is a major event in the aviation world,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “The pavilion will offer exhibitors a unique and cost-effective way to explore global business opportunities. There are tremendous opportunities for companies to enter or expand into foreign markets.”

The Farnborough exhibition will attract more than 120,000 industry visitors. Deals worth $47 billion were announced at the last show in 2010. Kansas exported more than $10.6 billion worth of goods and services for 2011 (through November), one of the highest annual levels on record for the state. The number one export product for Kansas was aircraft and parts.

“Our export activity is increasing substantially, especially in the aviation sector, and it’s really helping Kansas recover from the recession,” George said. “We want the highest level of participation possible at Farnborough.”

Participation in the Kansas Pavilion includes:

• Individual exhibit space for participating private sector partners.
• Use of private and open conference/meeting facilities and the U.S. Exhibitors’ Lounge.
• Pre-show, on-site and post-show assistance, including market research, setting business appointments, follow-up meetings and export counseling.
• Special assistance, as needed, for on-site support provided by Department trade staff.

The deadline to apply to exhibit is March 1. The Department’s application form is available online at KansasCommerce.com/trade under “Farnborough Airshow 2012.” Applications should be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to:

Larry Childs
Kansas Department of Commerce Trade Division
1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 100
Topeka, Kan. 66612
lchilds@kansascommerce.com
FAX: (785) 296-3490

For more information, contact Childs at (785) 296-6273 or Tammy Nolan, Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, (316) 268-1128, tnolan@gwedc.org.

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