The Maritime Alliance (TMA) has announced the 12 small-medium sized BlueTech companies from the United States that have been selected to exhibit in the TMA BlueTech Pavilion at Oceanology International - the world's leading forum for marine science and ocean technology - in London March 13-15, 2018. The companies are now formally part of the U.S. Maritime Technology Export Initiative, a collaboration between The Maritime Alliance and the International Trade Administration (ITA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to grow BlueTech trade and support good paying jobs in the Blue Economy.
Selected companies benefit from reduced costs to exhibit and participate in key trade shows and trade missions, as well work with a global network of officials. The companies selected by The Maritime Alliance through a competitive process to exhibit at Oceanology International include:
These SMEs manufacture, develop or sell a variety of ocean technologies or services in ocean observation, marine environmental protection, oil and chemical spill management, renewable energy, maritime security and more. They will be seeking to create partnerships with buyers and distributors in European markets and find ways to collaborate on projects in the U.S. The effort is supported by ITA's U.S. Commercial Service, which has regional offices around the world to help U.S. businesses and a specialize group focus on Marine Technology.
The TMA BlueTech Pavilion will be situated in a prime location on the trade show floor (M400 and M500) and benefit from access to key commercial service officers, coordinated B2B meetings, possible demonstration opportunities, presentations and other opportunities for increased exposure.
Immediately after Oceanology International, ten companies will be joining TMA for a follow-on BlueTech Trade Mission in Europe with stops in France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, coordinated by The Maritime Alliance in collaboration with the ITA and cluster partners in each region. The U.S. delegation will visit key regions for B2B meetings, site visits and network with senior officials. Companies participating in the BlueTech Trade Mission include:
The Maritime Alliance was selected by the ITA to launch the first-ever U.S. Maritime Technology Export Initiative in late 2016. Of the 17 companies that participated in 2017 calendar year, the initiative helped generate over $650,000 in direct sales to export markets and 19 agreements with foreign partners and anticipated 2018 export sales of $4.7 million.
The Maritime Alliance (TMA) is a non-profit industry association and organizer of the largest BlueTech cluster in the United States located in San Diego, California. Its mission is promoting sustainable, science-based ocean and water industries and it focuses on business ecosystem development, economic development and workforce development. It is active nationally and internationally to Promote BlueTech and Blue Jobs®.
The International Trade Administration (ITA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of trade laws and agreements. ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad. ITA supports the National Export Initiative to sustain economic growth and support American jobs.