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From February 5th – 9th, 2024, Trade Horizons Limited, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, is organizing a Trade Mission for German SME in the aviation sector to Seattle. A special focus lies on technologies and products in the Net-Zero-Aviation sector, as sustainability is of primary concern of the Ministry.

The delegation will visit the PNAA conference in Seattle and is open for B2B meetings and networking with American companies. Please contact our team if you wish to get to know one or more of the participants:

Airial Robotics: GT20/ GT25 Gyrotrak is Airial Robotics super versatile, super workhorse. A disruptive gyro/helicopter hybrid UAV solution advancing flight time, payload, range and speed over other systems. GT20/ GT25 is built for BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) with manned aviation in mind. Its unique system’s inherent safety, night flight and all-weather capability allow for a wide range of applications and ensure a high level of operational readiness. GT20 and GT25 are 24/7 all-weather UAVs and defiy wind up to BFT8 as well as hot or wet weather (IPX5 water resistant electronics). Even on a stormy and rainy night, the Gyrotraks reach their destination.

CHESCO GmbH: The Center for Hybrid Electric Systems Cottbus (chesco) is a unique center for research into hybrid-electric and electric systems for the mobility sector, i.e. aviation applications. The research factory is equipped with 150 machines and systems covering various areas of innovative manufacturing and inspection methods. Download profile here.

EVIA AERO GmbH: With new aircraft and technology that reactivates lost markets and expands the boundaries of air travel in a scalable, sustainable and economically viable way, EVIA AERO will likely be the first airline in Europe to operate zero emission aircraft on a fixed, commercial schedule. Operations are scheduled to start in late 2026/early 2027 with a 9-seat hydrogen-electric aircraft (Britten-Norman Islander) followed by a 9-seat battery electric aircraft (Eviation Alice) in 2029. The company covers the entire value chain of sustainable aviation from decentralized energy generation with photovoltaic systems, generation of hydrogen with electrolyzers to energy storage as well as flight operations. Download profile here.

FEV Group GmbH: FEV is shaping the future of the mobility sector for carbon-neutral and efficient, connected, safe transportation. FEV is currently developing an aerospace offer alongside its traditional propulsion and power train business for the automotive, rail and heavy industry sectors. Led by Dr. Christian Eschmann, FEV is developing a host of business lines in aerospace and aviation, such as its participation in the Germany-based  E-VTOL air taxi project SkyCam. Download profile here.

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM: The Fraunhofer IFAM is one of Europe’s most important independent research institutions in the areas of adhesive bonding technology, surfaces, shaping and functional materials. IFAM has been a long-standing, strategic research and development partner for the aviation industry in these areas. The following topics in particular are currently in focus:

  •      Climate-neutral flying
  •      Decarbonization of the aviation industrial system
  •      Digital transformation and automation in the aviation industry
  •      Electric flying
  •      Drone technology
  •      Urban Air Mobility

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ISOLITE GmbH: Isolite is a medium-sized company with over 40 years of experience in the field of high-temperature insulation in the aerospace, industrial and automotive sectors.  In particular, Isolite develops and produces specialized, tailor-made, high temperature insulation products, especially with thin foil blankets in all geometries. Their aerospace business includes customers such as Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce and Collins Aerospace, MTU Aero, Honeywell, EADS (Airbus defence and space), GKN, BAE Systems. Isolite GmbH has subsidiaries in the automotive sector in USA, Mexico, South Africa, Serbia and Czech Republic. Download profile here.

Metalux Metallveredelung GmbH: Metalux is a well-established medium-sized company with a rich history spanning over four decades in the field of surface treatment technology. Metalux has earned a reputation for delivering high-performance solutions that cater to a wide array of industries, both domestically and on a global scale. The company now possesses its own laboratory and offers full service regarding surface refinement topics, making it one of the world’s best in the industry. As a strategic partner to clients, Metalux offers support from the initial design phase, pinpointing opportunities for cost savings and recommending the most suitable finishing solutions for each component, ensuring the utmost efficiency and performance of their products. Download profile here.

SensXpert: Enabling future-readiness for the plastics manufacturing industry, sensXPERT combines the power of data, the latest material knowledge and advanced AI to revolutionize manufacturing processes like never before, allowing aerospace manufacturers to realize a genuine uplift in productivity and cost efficiency, while hitting important sustainability targets, and beyond. Polymer and composite material behavior plays a vital role in SensXpert’s integrated product solutions. The sensXpert Digital Mold sensor technology was developed to reliably predict in-mold material behavior and help manufacturers implement dynamic process adaptation in their production cycles. Download profile here.

Steinbach & Vollmann GmbH: STUV is one of the most traditional manufacturers of locks, hinges and latches worldwide. Our core competences are the development and production of mechanical and electronic locks, latches and hinges with high quality and security requirements.

A full program for the Trade Mission will be available soon. For further information please contact:

Ms Melinda Goforth

Phone: +1 (202) 230-2821


Mr. Tom Bainbridge

Phone: +1 (614) 316-7339


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