Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (the BMWi) is lending its support to Aircraft Interiors Expo for the first time this year. The BMWi has now included the exhibition within its prestigious list of international trade fairs and has opened up its exhibition attendance scheme to innovative, young German companies to help them participate in the 2011 show.
With the help of German Trade Fair Association, AUMA, which represents the interests of Germany’s exhibition industry, the idea is to support small German companies looking to market innovative products for the cabin interior by subsidising 80 per cent of their cost of exhibiting.
To be eligible the companies need to meet a number of criteria, as well as funding the remainder of the exhibiting costs themselves. This initiative offers a really tangible boost to German businesses that have been operating for less than a decade and have no more than 50 employees, as well as an annual turnover below €10 million.
Aircraft Interiors Expo is creating a dedicated German Pavilion for companies exhibiting via this scheme. The pavilion will be located in Hall B4 and will include a catering area as well as a place for companies to hold meetings with visitors.
Companies interested in taking up this offer need to apply by initially completing the form at www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com/germanpavilion. From there applications will be forwarded to the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) for consideration.
Aircraft Interiors Expo Exhibition Director, Katie Murphy, said: “We are delighted that AUMA has recognised the importance of Aircraft Interiors Expo as the international marketplace for innovation in the cabin interior. The event obviously attracts both exhibitors and airline buyers from around the globe so the financial incentive that AUMA offers could make a significant difference to a young German company looking to access or grow within the aircraft interiors market.”
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