Under the agreement, NHADEC and the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium will cooperate and coordinate actions among their members. NHADEC is the first of its kind export consortium in the U.S. and is expanding rapidly, keeping pace with the significant growth of the industry in New Hampshire and New England. Founded in 2013, its first cooperative agreement was signed in its first six months with AeroMontreal.
David Barnes, CEO of Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, left, and Donald Tyler, president/CEO of Corfin Industries in Salem
“We look forward to playing a leadership role with the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, in fostering and supporting trade, business, and investment opportunities between our members, and further solidifying this most important of transatlantic relationships,” said Don Tyler, president of Corfin Industries of Salem, and a founding board member of NHADEC.
The Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, established in 1994, is one of the oldest aerospace and defense associations in the United Kingdom. It has more than 120 members and is a not-for-profit trade association facilitating business between large global primes and the supply chain.
“At this very significant time in our international business situation, we are delighted to have the opportunity to strengthen links and opportunities between the aerospace industries in the southeast of England and in New Hampshire in the USA,” said David Barnes, CEO of the Farnborough consortium. “The signs are that there will be much to be done together, to the advantage of both of our aerospace communities. We in the UK are determined to make it work.”
More than 300 New Hampshire companies are involved in the aerospace and defense sector, one of the state’s key industries driving the economy. For more information about NHADEC, visit www.NHADEC.com.
Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, brings extensive public and private sector experience to his role, including nine years with BAE Systems in Nashua.
Commissioner Jeffrey Rose
New England has always been an industrial leader. Its people are resourceful, innovative, and passionate about what they do. This is evident today with the great strides our region is taking to advance our aerospace and defense industries. I am proud that New Hampshire, and the Northeast, is home to thousands of businesses that produce equipment and components found in the depths of the ocean to the outer reaches of space – and every place in between. I know you share my sentiment that to keep these companies strong, vital and competitive, we must come together to build on the partnerships essential to our industries’ success.
To that end, I am pleased to invite you to attend the 2nd annual New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Conference. Last year’s conference was a tremendous success, and based on feedback, we’re expanding elements of this year’s program to promote greater collaboration across the supply-chain, networking, and engagement from industry experts. This year’s conference promises to be even more impactful. Whether you’d like to attend as a participant, an exhibitor, or both, you’ll be able to get in front of many of the region’s key aerospace and defense influencers.
I encourage you to join us from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., June 1 at The Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester. With the theme, Opportunities for Aerospace and Defense Products, Technologies, and Services in the International Marketplace, this year’s conference will be an excellent opportunity to learn about key international growth markets from leading experts and to connect and engage up and down the regional supply chain.
To learn more about the conference and to register, please go to the NHADEC website. I look forward to seeing you there.
Commissioner, NH Department of Resources and Economic Development
* See what New Hampshire’s aerospace/defense buzz about the conference: Five Questions with Sean Foote/NH Aerospace and Defense Conference
NHADEC board member Brian Ward/Jewell Instruments about the value of the conference podcast
The office will be awfully quiet next week, as our team heads out in two directions, but with the same mission of telling the world about why New Hampshire, with our industries, our business-friendly climate, our skilled and educated workforce, is a great place for companies abroad to consider partnerships, expansion or relocation.
Director Carmen Lorentz and Office of International Commerce Program Manager Tina Kasim head out tomorrow for Hannover Messe 2016, the world’s largest industrial trade fair. More than 200,000 people pass through to visit over 6,500 exhibitors, including New Hampshire. The US is the featured country; President Obama will be there to open the event this weekend. Carmen and Tina have lined up meetings with industry sector and business leaders and we are looking forward to hearing about them throughout the week.
Jewell Instruments of Manchester will also be exhibiting at the show; Brian Ward, director of business development sensor and controls, and Lorentz talked about the event on our monthly New Hampshire Business Matters radio show on WTPL-FM.
On Monday and Tuesday, Michael Bergeron and Beno Lamontagne head over the border to Montreal, where they will attend the Aerospace Innovation Forum. With more than 300 Granite State companies involved in the aerospace and defense industries – which are among our key industries – it makes sense to have a presence and be among companies and leaders of Aero Montreal, one of the largest aerospace clusters in the world.
At the last Aerospace Innovation Forum in 2013, NHADEC signed its first international partnership with Aero Montreal, establishing preferred relations between the organizations collaboration on topics such as training, research, joint trade missions and supplier development initiatives.
We are going to keep up with these two events – and we hope you will, too – via our Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook pages.
The first New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Conference last year was a sell-out. It marked the first time some of the state’s 300 businesses involved in these fast growing industries had the opportunity to meet one another and see the impressive scale of aero/defense in the state. The 2nd annual conference is set for June 1 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester and it really will be the must-attend event for companies within New Hampshire, as well as though around the Northeast. Sean Foote, supply chain manager at Transupport Inc., in Merrimack, is a board member on the conference committee and provides an overview of this year’s event.
Sean Foote ~ NH Aerospace and Defense Conference 2016
The consortium was started through a grant in 2013 by the New Hampshire Office of International Commerce. Since then, it has grown to include members from the aerospace and defense industry, as well as service providers that complement these enterprises. Last year, NHADEC became a non-profit organization status and hosted its inaugural New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense conference. Earlier this year, it was recognized by the NH Business Review, earning a Best of Business Editors Award as a ‘state initiative that really took off.’
The biggest benefit of NHADEC is the partnerships it has with the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development and its Office of International Commerce. OIC, for example, educates NHADEC members on the benefits of export promotion grants and sponsored trade shows to help these companies expand into international markets and drive down the cost incurred if a company were to make this plunge on its own. NHADEC members also have the opportunity to receive training on various aspects of international business, from commercialization and branding to export control and ITAR regulations.
Last year’s NHAD conference was a sell-out. Reserve your space today.
2. Last year’s aero/defense conference was a tremendous success. What’s new for this year’s event?
The NHAD conference committee is excited about a few changes in this year’s event. Through feedback from last year’s conference, we extended it from a half-day event to a day-long networking and collaborative event.
The theme this year is Opportunities for Aerospace and Defense Products, Technologies, and Services in the International Marketplace and we have scheduled a variety of presentations and break out discussions to cover this important topic. For example, we plan on having a presentation covering foreign military sales to bring us up to date on the status on foreign countries procurement. Another highlight will be the break out discussions covering key growth in world markets, such as Colombia, the United Kingdom, Canada and Saudi Arabia.
With the extended hours this year, attendees will have more time to visit the exhibitors. Last year, we had nearly 250 people attend; we had to turn away another 100 people. The venue for this year’s conference is the Radisson Hotel in Manchester and expect to have an even better turn out than last year.
3. Tell us who should plan to attend the conference; is it open to aero/defense companies outside of New Hampshire?
Yes! The NHAD conference committee invites companies outside of the state to attend, which will give the event a more regional appeal. The companies that should be signing up to attend this conference are aerospace and defense enterprises that develop products, technologies and services for the industry. With the theme highlighting opportunities in the international marketplace, companies should sign up if they are looking to take-off into exporting, or looking for local manufacturers to deepen their international supply chain.
Service providers may also consider registering for the conference introduce themselves to a variety of businesses who all have different needs, such as legal advice, business insurance, website or marketing developer.
4. Why is there such a buzz about aero/defense in New Hampshire?
Since the beginning of aviation, New England has always been the hub for aerospace. Many of the major OEMs got their start not too far away, in Connecticut. Since then, companies have been bought out or merged and factory plants have been relocated, but the one constant is the vast number of SMEs that support the aviation industry that have stayed in the region.
In the past few years, New Hampshire has received a lot more buzz because it is one of the leading exporting states in the country for the aerospace and defense industry. People are starting to notice and it’s through the help of the state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development and organizations like NHADEC that the state is earning this recognition.
5. What are the details on deadlines, where to sign up and where to go for more information?
Registration is now open and it’s first come, first served. The deadline to register as an exhibitor is May 18 and May 31 for those who want to attend. For more information about being an exhibitor, or to register, go to the conference website.
Three companies, whose capabilities span from the ocean floor to satellite orbit, join the New Hampshire Office of International Commerce next month at the Dubai Air Show (Stand 1856), which will feature more than 1,000 exhibitors representing 60 countries and draw over 60,000 people to five day event.
This will be New Hampshire’s first appearance at the biennial air show, one of the largest trade shows in the Middle East. The Dubai Air Show runs from Nov. 8-12.
“This is a premiere event for New Hampshire to showcase its aerospace and defense capabilities,” said Tina Kasim, program manager for the Office of International Commerce, part of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development. “Our companies are eager to be out in front of the decision makers who will be at the show and as a state, New Hampshire is ready to show how its aero/defense industry can meet the demands of a growing Middle East market.”
The companies’ representatives say their presence at the air show provides valuable exposure.
“Participating in the show gives us the ability to present our product to a worldwide audience, which we could not do on our own,” said Mark Wheeler, director of business development for AQYR. “By being at the Dubai Air Show, we’ll be able to seek out local and regional companies for distribution and sales partnerships. We’ll have access to military, government and commerce officials and all of these together increase our visibility and capabilities in a way we could not achieve on our own.”
HALO Maritime Defense Systems’ CEO Paul Jensen said that even though his company designs defense barriers for use at sea, the government and military officials with whom he needs to connect will be at the air show. Being part of the New Hampshire booth will also be a benefit.
“For American companies, this lends credibility – people trust you and recognize that you are not a ‘suitcase salesman,’” he said.
For Transupport, being visible at an international venue is important.
“It’s a global economy and as a small New Hampshire business, this gives us an opportunity to branch out in an ever changing market,” said company vice president Ken Foote.
With more than 300 companies and manufacturers in the state involved in the aerospace and defense industries, New Hampshire will be one of six states exhibiting at the Dubai Air Show. The Office of International Commerce will promote the industries, highlighting its advanced composites manufacturing capabilities and other innovative technologies.
For more information about the Office of International Commerce and upcoming programs, contact Kasim at 603-271-8444.
Nathaniel Nelson, our international trade officer, reports on the Combating Terrorism & High Tech Networking Summit held earlier this week. – Ed.
When it comes to combating terrorism, you may not think New Hampshire can contribute much to the arsenal of prevention.
When it comes to the security of our nation and defense of the global community, scores of New Hampshire businesses are at the forefront of the fight, with innovative equipment, software, components and technology that help keep us safe.
Our companies and manufacturers present an array of sea, air and land capabilities – like antennae, sensors, unmanned vehicles, software and security systems. Innovation is in our nature and time and again, these businesses have been global leaders in innovative technologies and products that are a vital to the U.S. defense industry.
US Sen. Kelly Ayotte with members of the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium
Earlier this week, about 75 people, representing some of these companies came out to the Combating Terrorism & High Tech Networking Summit at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. Sponsored by U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the New Hampshire High-Tech Council and the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Consortium, the summit provided Granite State businesses the opportunity to introduce their capabilities to representatives from the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the independent, not-for-profit organization In-Q-Tel.
For a few short hours, it was a showcase of aerospace and defense capabilities and why New Hampshire is earning a reputation as a hub of innovation.
By the end of the summit, our businesses established partnerships that will help build and strengthen the local economy. More than that, these relationships
Nathaniel Nelson International Trade Officer Office of International Commerce
will contribute to making the world a safer place. Ayotte noted that the mission of combating terrorism and protecting the U.S. is not just a job of the government; it’s a call New Hampshire businesses have answered.
What is the value of these summits? This interest and enthusiasm catches, and holds, the eye of federal agencies who may not otherwise know about the capabilities industry can provide.
Additionally, local businesses learn about the current and emerging requirements needed to keep communities and countries safe.
Ken Foote of Transupport in Merrimack and Don Tyler of Corfin Industries in Salem are Paris-bound, along with three other New Hampshire aerospace and defense related companies, as well as six Vermont companies and one from Maine. Together, they’ll be in the Best of New England booth at the US Pavilion.
The International Paris Air Show is held every other year; the Farnborough International Air Show is held in the other years.