Georgia aerospace companies will seek business this summer in the United Kingdom at the Farnborough International Airshow, one of the world’s largest aviation events.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development is leading a mission to the biennial show July 19-25 in Farnborough, England.

The department is offering event packages targeting small- to medium-sized companies looking to expand their worldwide customer base, according to a department news release.

“In addition to Germany and the U.K., the FIA also attracts potential customers and partners from markets all over the world, including all of Europe, North Africa, Asia and the Middle East, allowing for companies to make connections with new customers,” said Mike Harling, who runs Georgia’s U.K./Ireland trade office.

Orders worth $88.7 billion were announced at the 2008 Farnborough show.

Georgia is focusing heavily on boosting aerospace business, especially exports. The sector sustains more than 80,000 jobs statewide. Aviation exports topped $3.4 billion in 2009. Germany and the U.K., the primary export markets, accounted for a combined $740 million, up 22 percent from the previous year.

A 37-person Georgia delegation including Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue visited the Dubai International Airshow last November.

For more details or to register for the mission, call Kathy Oxford, senior trade manager, at (678) 640-4351 or email her at

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