Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and Ken Stewart, head of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, will attend the Dubai Air Show later this month, hoping to drum up business for the state’s aviation industry.
The show, Nov. 15-19, is expected to attract 900 exhibitors from 50 countries and 50,000 visitors.
The Georgia economic development department will have a booth inside the exhibition hall and a “chalet” outside for meeting with prospects, said agency spokeswoman Alison Tyrer.
Aerospace companies that are either based in Georgia or have operations here, such as Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Aventure International Aviation Services will attend the show, said Ms. Tyrer.
Peachtree City-based Aventure started regularly attending the biennial show in 2003 and helped convince the state of Georgia to send a delegation as well, said Melissa Grina, the company’s sales director.
“It’s a way to let the people in the Middle East know that we are interested in doing business there,” said Ms. Grina. “It establishes long-term relationships.”
Aventure, named 2009 Exporter of the Year for the Southeast U.S. by the U.S. Small Business Administration, sells parts for Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Raytheon aircraft. Exports account for 90 percent of Aventure’s sales.
Its clients in the Middle East include Etihad Airways based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Qatar Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines.
The sheikh of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, traditionally walks through the exhibit hall on the opening day of the event, greeting visitors, said Ms. Grina.
Each day between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. the exhibit hall is closed so that attendees can watch an air show featuring planes from all over the world, Ms. Grina added.
A wide array of Georgia companies and even one museum are scheduled to send representatives to the Dubai show. The National Museum of Commercial Aviation, located near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, will be represented as will the Houston County Development Authority, said Ms. Tyrer. Houston County, near Macon, is the home of Robins Air Force Base and companies that supply the base.
Ecolink Inc. a Tucker company that sells cleaning products for airplanes is also scheduled to attend as is Magnolia Plastics Inc., a Chamblee company that makes adhesives used in the aerospace industry.
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