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International Buyer Program  

The U.S. Department of Commerce has selected the following U.S. trade show for its International Buyer Program through 2012.    The U.S. Commercial Service recruits foreign buyer delegations for these trade shows and arranges one to one business meetings and site visits for the delegations.  Some of the IBP trade shows offer discounts on exhibition space and airfares.  For complete information on the International Buyer Program and the selected trade showsfor 2012 and 2013, visit

  • WINDPOWER 2012 Conference & Exhibition

June 3–6, 2012 • Atlanta, GA •

The world’s largest annual wind energy event. It is produced by the American Wind Energy Association, and is the premier wind energy event in North America. WINDPOWER 2011 hosted more than 15,000 attendees and 1,100 exhibitors; more than 2,800 international attendees represented 60 countries, led by Canada, Germany, China, Denmark, and Spain.

  • InfoComm International® 2012

June 9–15, 2012 (Conference) • June 13–15, 2012 (Exhibits) • Orlando, FL •

An annual exposition and conference for the professional audiovisual information communications industry. InfoComm hosts exhibitors who are direct manufacturers and distributors of professional 3D, audio, video, display, multimedia, presentation, conferencing, telepresence, digital signage, streaming media, security, IT services, intelligent building technologies, sustainable technologies, and other high technology products and services for non-broadcast applications in corporate, government, military, education, healthcare, and other vertical markets. Products are used in professional rental and staging presentation systems, boardrooms, conference centers, transportation terminals, auditoriums, training facilities, command and control centers, stadiums, retail centers, theaters, classrooms, etc.

  • HBA Global Expo (Health & Beauty Association)

June 26–28, 2012 • New York, NY •

HBA Global Expo is the major show for the cosmetics and personal care industry in the United States focused on the packaging, raw materials, and ingredients side of the product development cycle. Unlike most other beauty industry events, it does not focus on finished products available to the public.

  • Annual Meeting and Clinical Laboratory Expo of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

July 15–19, 2012 • Los Angeles, CA •

The Annual Meeting of the AACC is the world’s largest meeting devoted to diagnostic products for diagnosing diseases and measuring health status. Although the focus is on laboratory testing, the event increasingly emphasizes near-patient testing, patient self-testing, and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products, which are of interest to developers and manufacturers of diagnostic products. A unique feature of the AACC Exposition is the OEM section which is, in effect, a trade show for companies which sell their products to IVD manufacturers. The OEM Section includes exhibitors who sell electrical, mechanical, and other components and biological products such as antibodies and DNA research materials.

  • MAGIC Marketplace (Summer)

August 20–23, 2012 • Las Vegas, NV •

MAGIC International is the world’s largest and most widely recognized producer of trade shows for the apparel industry. The MAGIC Marketplace consists of four concurrent events at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Mandalay Bay Convention Center, providing the most comprehensive apparel and accessory offerings found anywhere in the world. MAGIC connects a global audience of serious buyers and sellers of men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel and accessories.

  • International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair—USA® (IWF)

August 22–25, 2012 • Atlanta, GA •

The International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair—USA® (IWF) is a biennial tradeshow, serving buyers from large production companies to small professional shops for the furniture manufacturing and general specialty woodworking industries. Some client categories include wood residential and contract furniture, cabinetry, upholstery, architectural woodwork, stock millwork, store fixtures, solid surfaces, plastics fabricating, flooring, components, material handling, machine tooling, forest products/harvesting metalworking applications for furniture manufacturing, and general specialty woodworking industries. Exhibiting companies introduce advanced technology to all these categories with new machinery, raw materials, supplies, tooling, hardware, and specialized computer software and services. IWF is the world’s second largest show serving the industry and provides buyers the unique opportunity to see the most comprehensive and innovative new technology for woodworking machinery, supplies, and services.

  • MINExpo International® 2012

September 24–26, 2012 • Las Vegas, NV •

MINExpo® is the only comprehensive mining-related exhibition in the world. It features products and services used in all types of mining, and it is the largest mining industry event in the United States. MINExpo occurs once every four years and promotes U.S. mining machinery and equipment manufacturing, products, and related services to the global mining community.

  • GridWeek 2012

October 2–4, 2012 • Washington, DC •

GridWeek is the only event with a proven history of attracting the complete diversity of Smart Grid stakeholders from around the world to explore Smart Grid’s impact on the economy and global business, utility infrastructure, consumers, and the environment. Planned by a representative committee of industry stakeholders, GridWeek offers an agenda packed with 40+ sessions that cover the most relevant industry topics, gathers 200+ industry-leading speakers, and provides unique networking opportunities with stakeholders leading the Smart Grid movement. The show offers attendees opportunities to understand the key trends affecting the industry and their business; meet and network with leading technology vendors and thought leaders; discover new opportunities for strategic partnerships and global business relationships; and participate in game-changing dialogue that will set the agenda for Smart Grid advancement.

  • GRAPH EXPO 2012

October 7–10, 2012 • Chicago, IL •

GRAPH EXPO is one of the largest, most comprehensive graphic communications and converting events in the Americas in 2012. Attendees will join tens of thousands of graphic communications and converting professionals as they view, use, and evaluate the latest technologies and services from more than 550 exhibitors representing all sectors of the industry from all over the world.

  • Automotive Service and Repair Week (ASRW)

October 10–13, 2012 • New Orleans, LA •

Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW), home to NACE (International Autobody Congress & Expo) and CARS (Congress of Automotive Service & Repair), is the premier event for automotive service, collision, and repair professionals. ASRW was created to provide buyers and sellers within the automotive repair, collision, and service community a place to network, an educational resource for learning about technological advancements, and a unique marketplace to see all the products, services, equipment, and technology available to industry professionals. ASRW is a showcase of top manufacturers and suppliers displaying the latest products and equipment needed to run mechanical and collision repair shops effectively and efficiently. ASRW is the forum for new techniques, products, efficiencies, services, skills, technology, knowledge, networking, and equipment.

  • RETECH (Renewable Energy Technology Conference & Exhibition)

October 17–19, 2012 • Washington, DC •

RETECH is the largest U.S. business-to-business gathering of the all-renewable energy industry. Packed with a six-track session agenda, side events, and multiple press and product launch events, RETECH will move the renewable energy industry into the mainstream. The technologies will include wind, solar, hydro, ocean, geothermal, biomass, biofuels, and waste energy—all from a global perspective.

  • PACK EXPO International 2012

October 28–31, 2012 • Chicago, IL •

PACK EXPO International 2012 will focus on the latest developments in packaging and processing technology and will showcase exhibitors’ state-of-the-art advances in packaging machinery, processing machinery, converting machinery, materials, packages and containers, and components. PACK EXPO International draws decision makers from 125 countries—more than 45,000 people looking for packaging and processing solutions. PACK EXPO International features industry-specific exhibit areas such as The Pharmaceutical, Reusable Packaging, and Confectionery Pavilions, The Processing Zone, and The Brand Zone.

  • American Film Market®

October 31–November 7, 2012 • Santa Monica, CA •

The annual American Film Market® (AFM), organized by the Independent Film & Television Alliance, is the largest gathering of film industry professionals in the Western Hemisphere. The AFM will have over 400 exhibitors and 4,000+ buyers and industry attendees, with almost 60 percent from outside the United States. The AFM is a global marketplace for films from big budget blockbusters to art films to genre films. Over 400 films are screened in more than 30 languages and over 2,000 projects are showcased in various stages of development and production. In addition, the AFM partners with several industry associations that program conferences during the event. The AFM is not your typical trade show. Instead of exhibiting in booths inside a large convention center, exhibitors use hotels rooms that are converted into offices. Each room in the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and nearly 50 rooms in the adjacent Le Merigot Hotel become exhibit space—totaling over 170,000 net square feet of exhibition space.

  • Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) IFAI Expo Americas 2012

November 7–9, 2012 • Boston, MA •

IFAI Expo Americas 2012 is the largest event in the Americas for the specialty fabrics industry. The event encompasses all levels of the technical textile industry value chain, from fiber producers to fabric producers to textile equipment and finally to fabricators of products using these materials and equipment. IFAI will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary during IFAI Expo Americas 2012. The show will be co-located with JEC Show Americas 2012. This is a new North American event for JEC, which is dedicated to promoting composites internationally by fostering knowledge transfer and exchanges between suppliers and users. The JEC network connects more than 250,000 professionals worldwide from 96 different countries.

  • Greenbuild® International Conference & Expo

November 14–16, 2012 • San Francisco, CA •

The annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo was launched in 2002 as the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Greenbuild is a great opportunity to build new relationships and connect with colleagues throughout the industry and from around the world. Join thousands of other people who agree that green building is a good idea and good for business. Greenbuild features three days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops, and tours of the host city’s green buildings. This event sells out every year.

  • Greater New York Dental Meeting

November 23–28, 2012 • New York, NY •

The Greater New York Dental Meeting showcases the latest technological advances in the art and science of dentistry. This 88th annual gathering is one of the premier Dental Meetings featuring an array of educational programs, unmatched for breadth and scope of subjects as well as technical exhibits, exhibiting and demonstrating all the innovations in dental technology as well as services. It is the only dental event in the United States with no pre-registration fee to attend. It is also the largest dental convention/exhibition/ congress in the United States with 2010 registration surpassing 58,000 attendees from 132 countries.

  • POWER-GEN® International

December 11–13, 2012 • Orlando, FL •

Power-Gen® International (PGI) is the electric power generation industry’s largest event in the world, attracting more than 19,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors from over 75 countries. Focused on providing the latest updates and information on key generation issues, PGI features a multi-track conference program plus curriculum of pre-conference courses. The world’s largest power exhibition is held concurrently with the conference, showcasing thousands of products, technologies and services.

Trade Shows in Morocco

For a comprehensive list of trade shows in Morocco, visit the Office des Foires et Expositions de Casablanca website at:

Because they coincide with best opportunity sectors, the U.S. Commercial Service has selected the following two Moroccan trade shows for its recruitment efforts.

  • POLLUTEC 2012

October 3-6, 2012 • Casablanca •

The fourth annual Pollutec trade show will showcase more than 420 exhibitors of water, waste, recycling, risk prevention and sustainable development sector products/services from 15 countries.  

  •  Marrakesh Air Show 2014

This bi-annual show, certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Approved by the U.S. Department of Defense, is strongly supported by the Kingdom of Morocco in its effort to become an aviation sales/service/training hub for the region.  Air chiefs from more than 40 countries African and Middle Eastern countries attended the latest edition of this show in April 2012.  The U.S. Commercial Service recruited a U.S. Pavilion in 2012, and intends to grow the number of U.S. exhibitors significantly in 2014, including civilian and defense aircraft, parts and service vendors.