Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, returned recently from a trade mission to the Dubai Airshow, helping to facilitate business connections for six Michigan companies. Macomb County and Wayne County were also represented on the trade mission.
The Dubai Airshow is one of the largest and most successful air shows in the world, connecting aerospace professionals across all areas of the industry to encourage successful global trade.
Automation Alley’s trade mission program allows small and medium-sized businesses in Michigan to explore opportunities to expand their business abroad. The trade mission to the Dubai Airshow comes on the heels of Automation Alley reaching $531 million in export sales for local companies since the trade mission program began in 2001.
Companies that joined Automation Alley’s trade mission to the Dubai Airshow included:
•Alpha Precision Aerospace (Clinton Township)
•Detroit Aircraft, LLC (Detroit)
•Hydra-Lock (Mount Clemens)
•Mobile Data Holdings (Sterling Heights)
•P1 Fasteners/ACAT Global (Charlevoix)
•Wayne County Airport Authority (Detroit)
“Automation Alley has the ability to reach out to some very impressive U.A.E. officials, businesses, business owners and companies in Dubai. I am very impressed and grateful for the connections and numerous business contacts I have made,” said Dennis Irwin, CEO of trade mission participant Alpha Precision Aerospace.
“Automation Alley’s trade mission to Dubai was world-class. From the hotels, events and matchmaking, I could not have asked for more. The quality of the matchmaking leads were a 9-out-of-10,” said Jon Rimanelli, president and CEO of trade mission participant Detroit Aircraft, LLC.
In addition to matchmaking abroad, Automation Alley hosts pre-mission workshops to educate participants about the opportunities and challenges of doing business around the world, including cultural idiosyncrasies and acceptable business practices.
Automation Alley trade missions are supported in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
Automation Alley trade missions include international airfare, five-star hotels, transportation, matchmaking meetings, business briefings, welcome receptions and tours.
Next up for Automation Alley is a trade mission to Hannover Messe, the world’s leading show for industrial technology, in April of 2016. Interested companies should ask about the State Trade and Export Program (STEP) to find out if they qualify for funding that can be applied toward the cost of the mission.
For more information or to register, contact Lisa Lasser at 248-457-3283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Automation Alley