Flanders Investment and Trade kicks off US roadshow with focus on defence and aerospace

Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT) will focus on the defence and aerospace sectors on its inaugural visit to the US this month. In an effort to expand one of its newest branches abroad, FIT announced a seven-day programme in several US cities on Monday morning in a press release.

From 11 to 15 March, FIT will enable Flemish companies to explore the international commercial aspects of the defence and aerospace sector and foster knowledge exchange within the industry. The tour provides a chance for companies to visit key players in the American market.

In Dallas, Seattle and San Diego, members will attend conferences such as the Aerospace and Defence Supplier Summit in Seattle, as well as company visits to Lockheed Martin, General Atomics and Northrop Grumman. FIT says these visits are designed to inspire Flemish entrepreneurs and expand their professional networks.

First of its kind

"By launching this roadshow in the US, FIT is making an enormous leap forward in our new ambition to focus on defence and security," said FIT CEO Joy Donné. "This initiative, the first of its kind, demonstrates Flanders’ ambition to become a world leader in technological innovation within this crucial industry.”

“By focusing specifically on defence, FIT offers Flemish companies the opportunity to build international success," said Michel Hofman, global industry lead at FIT. "This is done by directing all its energy to sectors such as aerospace, where innovative power and technological expertise flow together with defence needs.”

Sector federation Agoria will participate in the trip with FIT and 10 Flemish companies active in the sector. The group includes major organisations such as Asco and Sabca and smaller yet highly technological players like Circuits and Intersoft Electronics.

FIT will also be part of the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK in July. Subsequent events will involve B2B activities between American and Flemish companies to further solidify international collaboration in the defence and aerospace sector.


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