Leading Industries Travel to Spain for Knowledge Exchange

The Trade Commission of Spain in Chicago, in partnership with the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) will host an Inverse Trade Mission to Spain on June 1-8, 2007.

The multi-industry event includes nearly 100 U.S. companies from 16 different sectors, ranging from different kinds of industrial machinery and equipment to food processing, infrastructures and environmental equipment. The objective of the Mission is to bring together U.S. and Spanish companies and institutions to share best practices and investigate new business endeavors.

The mission will kick off in Valencia where participants will have the opportunity to watch the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals regatta as part of the 32nd America’s Cup. The next day, ICEX will host an inaugural ceremony at the City of the Arts and Sciences Auditorium. The remainder of the trip will be custom-designed to pair Spanish and U.S. companies with shared interests for business discussions.


Auditorium of the City of the Arts and Sciences (Valencia), by Santiago Calatrava

Participating U.S. companies and organizations include Energy Alloys, BAE Industries, Massachussetts Technology Collaborative, Inbac (International Business Acceleration Center, from Silicon Valley), Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Illinois House of Representatives, among others. Spanish participants include Talgo (train manufacturer), Tecnalia Technology Corporation, the Spanish Network of Research and Technology Centers or Indra (Avionics and traffic control systems).

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