Seen here at the signing ceremony are: (L to R, front): U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Kirk Wagar, U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Joseph Rixey, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis Marcus D. Jadotte; (rear L to R): AIA COO Robert E. Durbin, and Kallman Worldwide president and CEO Tom Kallman.
U.S. companies see reinvigorated impetus for Asia Pacific sales following the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership agreed to this past October, government and industry officials said here Monday.
“We are looking to build on a $48 billion annual base,” said Marcus Jadotte, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis. “Obviously this a region of impressive growth.”
According to Robert Durbin, COO at the Washington, DC-based Aerospace Industries Association, the TPP “will help us as we build the cooperative ties that are so important to the peace, stability and prosperity of this region.”
“There’s a big market out here and [now] that market is easier to access,” said Tom Kallman, president and CEO of Kallman Worldwide, organizer of the largest-yet U.S. pavilion at the Singapore Airshow. “We were able to conjure up 27 new exhibitors this year,” he said. “We’re moving in a really, really strong direction.”
“It is in our national interest to be here,” said Kirk Wagar, the U.S. ambassador to Singapore.
Kallman Worldwide and AIA are coordinating the U.S. military presence at Singapore Airshow 2016 from Chalet DC75. Aircraft on show include theFighting Falcon, KC-130J tanker, P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, and Raptor – not available for export sale, but here to show America’s technological progress and the strength of its partnership with Singapore, said U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Joe Rixey.
“We think we have the best product,” Rixey said. “Not only do we have the best product, but we pride ourselves on full-spectrum capability” – not only the initial sales, but training and service and support for the long term.
“It means a real partnership,” agreed Jadotte. “The partnership extends through the life of the product. That is the value proposition.”
Kallman and AIA signed a new memorandum of agreement on Monday to work together to enhance access and opportunity to regional markets for small and medium-size U.S. aerospace and defense firms to attend shows like the one here this week.
They vowed to “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.”