Mission Statement; Aerospace Supplier Development Mission to China; October 26-November 4, 2008, 40846-40848 [E8-15838]

Download as PDF 40846 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 16, 2008 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Notice of Invitation for Nominations to the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), USDA. ACTION: Solicitation of Nominations for Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics Membership. AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, this notice announces an invitation from the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture for nominations to the Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics. On April 3, 2007, the Secretary of Agriculture re-established the Advisory Committee charter for another 2 years. 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All meetings are open to the public. Committee members are reimbursed for official travel expenses only. Send questions, comments, and requests for additional information to PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the e-mail address, fax number, or address listed above. Signed at Washington, DC, June 27, 2008. Joseph T. Reilly, Associate Administrator, National Agricultural Statistics Service. [FR Doc. E8–16190 Filed 7–15–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–20–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Mission Statement; Aerospace Supplier Development Mission to China; October 26–November 4, 2008 Department of Commerce. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Mission Description The Aerospace Supplier Development Mission to China was developed in response to requests from many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) supplying the aviation industry, and is intended to include representatives from a variety of U.S. aerospace industry manufacturers and service providers. The mission will introduce these suppliers to end-users and prospective partners whose needs and capabilities are targeted to each U.S. participant’s strengths. Participating in an official U.S. industry delegation will enhance the companies’ ability to secure meetings in China. The mission will include appointments and briefings in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Guangzhou, some of China’s major aerospace industry hubs, as well as participation in Airshow China in Zhuhai to conclude the mission. The mission participants will also have opportunities to interact extensively with CS China aviation specialists. Commercial Setting The Chinese aerospace sector ranks among the world’s most dynamic, going far beyond the country’s massive investment in aircraft (mainland carriers anticipate doubling the size of their fleets to 1,500 by 2010, reaching 4,000 by 2025). Chinese aerospace companies have rapidly developed into serious players in the industry’s global value chain. Chinese aerospace firms, including those linked to U.S. and European ‘‘primes,’’ now frequently make their own sourcing decisions, participate as ‘‘risk sharing partners’’ in new airframe and engine development programs, or take on the role of first-tier suppliers on Chinese programs. The evolution of China’s aerospace industry is part of a broader industry E:\FR\FM\16JYN1.SGM 16JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 16, 2008 / Notices trend toward supply chain consolidation and the embrace of lean manufacturing. Many traditional Tier 1 supplier responsibilities are being pushed down the supply chain to second- and third-tier suppliers. As the larger firms move into aerospace system integration, the lower-tier suppliers have little choice but to globalize themselves. This involves supplying China with products and services that might historically have been provided to U.S. and European suppliers that have since shifted production. In many cases, once established in China, the first-tier firms require their supply chain partners to begin dealing directly with Chinese members of the supply chain. While extremely challenging for SME suppliers, these new relationships bring an added benefit—the opportunity for additional sales with other aerospace companies doing business in China. China Aviation Industry Corporation I and II (AVIC I and II), conglomerates of hundreds of companies, control the country’s aerospace industry. Over the years, the main AVIC companies have formed joint-venture companies with key Western aerospace partners. The larger AVIC companies also have socalled ‘‘foreign divisions’’ engaged in manufacturing, design and engineering for Western customers on a semiautonomous basis. Mission Goals The goals of the Aerospace Supply Chain Development Mission to China are threefold: (1) To introduce U.S. companies to Chinese joint-venture groups and Western original equipment manufacturers (OEMs); (2) to explore supplier opportunities under other aerospace programs (including Chinese programs and Western programs with Chinese firms ‘‘risk sharing’’); and (3) to facilitate an effective U.S. presence at Airshow China. Mission Scenario The mission’s first stop is Beijing, home to AVIC’s headquarters and the China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC), AVIC’s trading and purchasing division. The second and third stops are Shanghai and nearby Suzhou, home to many AVIC companies (including the former MD–88 assembly site), AVIC joint-ventures, and autonomous Western OEMs. The fourth stop, Guangzhou, provides the opportunity to focus on Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO) as an example of a maintenance/repair/ overhaul operation and a meeting with China Southern Airlines. The mission will conclude in nearby Zhuhai, at the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition (known as Airshow China), the only Chinese aerospace exhibition endorsed by the Chinese central government. The last Airshow China, in 2006, showcased 52 aircraft and attracted some 550 exhibitors from more than 33 countries, as well as 90,000 trade visitors and 1,500 journalists. CS Guangzhou will provide entry to the trade show, manage a booth, and organize one half day of meetings with business and industry contacts for each of the mission participants. Matchmaking efforts will involve coordination with the American Chamber of Commerce in China’s U.S.China Aviation Cooperation Program 40847 (ACP), a public/private partnership promoting technical, policy and commercial cooperation between the two countries’ aviation sectors, and with other relevant groups, such as the Suzhou Economic Development Zone. Also, through an exclusive arrangement with Airshow China exhibition organizers, the mission participants will gain access to VIP receptions and additional assistance with matchmaking appointments at the show. U.S. participants will be counseled before, during, and after the mission by U.S. Export Assistance Center trade specialists, primarily by members of the Aerospace and Defense Technology Team. Participation in the Aerospace Supply Chain Development Mission to China will include the following: • Pre-travel briefings/webinar on subjects ranging from Chinese business practices to security; • Pre-scheduled meetings with potential partners, distributors, end users, or local industry contacts in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Guangzhou, and at Airshow China in Zhuhai; • Transportation to airports in Beijing and Shanghai; • Coach class airline ticket between Beijing and Shanghai; • Bus transportation between Shanghai and Suzhou; • Coach class airline ticket between Shanghai and Guangzhou; • One Airshow China entry pass per company representative; • Participation in industry receptions at Airshow China; • Meetings with CS China aviation industry specialists in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. PROPOSED TIMETABLE Sunday, October 26, 2008 ................................. Monday, October 27, Tuesday, October 28 ....... Wednesday, October 29 ..................................... Thursday, October 30 ......................................... mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Friday, October 31 .............................................. Saturday, November 1 ........................................ Sunday, November 2 .......................................... Monday, November 3 ......................................... Tuesday, November 4 ........................................ VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:00 Jul 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 Participants arrive in Beijing on their own schedule. Afternoon briefing at Kerry Centre Hotel. Pre-scheduled matchmaking appointments, focusing on contacts at AVIC 1 and CATIC. Briefing on Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) standards and regulations. Roundtable with the ACP. Networking reception. Flight to Shanghai. Single Company Promotion/U.S. Aerospace Suppliers’ Technical Sales Forum. Half day of one-on-one meetings. One-on-one appointments, visits to major Shanghai Aerospace firms (e.g., SAIC). Afternoon bus travel to nearby Suzhou. Appointments, coordinated with the Suzhou Economic Development Zone. Appointments continue. Follow-up appointments, as needed, and optional sightseeing. Flight to Guangzhou. Networking breakfast with the American Chamber of Commerce. Meeting with GAMECO’s Procurement Department and China Southern Airlines’ Procurement Department, with technical tour of the facilities. Afternoon bus trip to Zhuhai (approximately 1 hour). Attend Airshow China’s official opening (early evening). Pre-scheduled appointments at Airshow China. VIP reception (by special invitation). Mission concludes in evening. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\16JYN1.SGM 16JYN1 40848 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 16, 2008 / Notices PROPOSED TIMETABLE—Continued Participants free to depart Zhuhai via the ferry to Hong Kong. Participation Requirements All parties interested in participating in the Aerospace Supplier Development Mission to China must complete and submit an application for consideration by the Department of Commerce. All applicants will be evaluated on their ability to meet certain conditions and best satisfy the selection criteria as outlined below. The mission will open on a first come first served basis to 10 qualified U.S. companies. Fees and Expenses After a company has been selected to participate on the mission, a payment to the Department of Commerce in the form of a participation fee is required. The participation fee will be $5,000 for large firms and $4,150 for a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), which includes one principal representative.* The fee for each additional firm representative (large firm or SME) is $600. Expenses for lodging, some meals, incidentals, and travel (except for incountry arrangements previously noted) will be the responsibility of each mission participant. Conditions for Participation • An applicant must submit a completed and signed mission application and supplemental application materials, including adequate information on the company’s products and/or services, primary market objectives, and goals for participation. • Each applicant must also certify that the products and services it seeks to export through the mission are either produced in the United States, or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least fifty-one percent U.S. content. Selection Criteria for Participation mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Selection will be based on the following criteria: • Suitability of a company’s products or services to the mission’s goals * An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations (see https:// www.sba.gov/services/contracting opportunities/ sizestandardstopics/). Parent companies, affiliates, and subsidiaries will be considered when determining business size. The dual pricing schedule reflects the Commercial Service’s user fee schedule that became effective May 1, 2008 (for additional information see https://www.export.gov/ newsletter/march2008/initiatives.html). VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:00 Jul 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 • Consistency of the company’s goals and objectives with the stated scope of the trade mission • Timeliness of company’s signed application and participation agreement • Timely and adequate provision of information on company’s products/ services and market objectives, in order to facilitate appropriate matching with potential business partners Any partisan political activities (including political contributions) of an applicant are entirely irrelevant to the selection process. Timeframe for Recruitment and Applications Mission recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner, including publication in the Federal Register, posting on the Commerce Department trade mission calendar (https://www.ita.doc.gov/ doctm/tmcal.html) and other Internet Web sites, press releases to general and trade media, direct mail, broadcast fax, notices by industry trade associations and other multiplier groups, and publicity at industry meetings, symposia, conferences, and trade shows. Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than August 29, 2008. Applications received after that date will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit. Contacts Mr. Eric Nielsen, ITA Aerospace and Defense Technology Team, Arizona U.S. Export Assistance Center, Tel: (520) 670–5808, E-mail: eric.nielsen@mail.doc.gov; Mr. William Lawton, ITA Aerospace and Defense Technology Team, Miami U.S. Export Assistance Center, Tel: (305) 526–7425, ext. 26, E-mail: William.lawton@mail.doc.gov. Eric Nielsen, Director, Arizona U.S. Export Assistance Center. [FR Doc. E8–15838 Filed 7–15–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–821–817] Silicon Metal from the Russian Federation: Continuation of Antidumping Duty Order Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Mission Statement; Aerospace Supplier Development Mission to 
China; October 26-November 4, 2008

AGENCY: Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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Mission Description

    The Aerospace Supplier Development Mission to China was developed 
in response to requests from many small and medium-sized enterprises 
(SMEs) supplying the aviation industry, and is intended to include 
representatives from a variety of U.S. aerospace industry manufacturers 
and service providers. The mission will introduce these suppliers to 
end-users and prospective partners whose needs and capabilities are 
targeted to each U.S. participant's strengths. Participating in an 
official U.S. industry delegation will enhance the companies' ability 
to secure meetings in China. The mission will include appointments and 
briefings in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Guangzhou, some of China's 
major aerospace industry hubs, as well as participation in Airshow 
China in Zhuhai to conclude the mission. The mission participants will 
also have opportunities to interact extensively with CS China aviation 
specialists.

Commercial Setting

    The Chinese aerospace sector ranks among the world's most dynamic, 
going far beyond the country's massive investment in aircraft (mainland 
carriers anticipate doubling the size of their fleets to 1,500 by 2010, 
reaching 4,000 by 2025). Chinese aerospace companies have rapidly 
developed into serious players in the industry's global value chain. 
Chinese aerospace firms, including those linked to U.S. and European 
``primes,'' now frequently make their own sourcing decisions, 
participate as ``risk sharing partners'' in new airframe and engine 
development programs, or take on the role of first-tier suppliers on 
Chinese programs.
    The evolution of China's aerospace industry is part of a broader 
industry

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trend toward supply chain consolidation and the embrace of lean 
manufacturing. Many traditional Tier 1 supplier responsibilities are 
being pushed down the supply chain to second- and third-tier suppliers. 
As the larger firms move into aerospace system integration, the lower-
tier suppliers have little choice but to globalize themselves. This 
involves supplying China with products and services that might 
historically have been provided to U.S. and European suppliers that 
have since shifted production. In many cases, once established in 
China, the first-tier firms require their supply chain partners to 
begin dealing directly with Chinese members of the supply chain. While 
extremely challenging for SME suppliers, these new relationships bring 
an added benefit--the opportunity for additional sales with other 
aerospace companies doing business in China.
    China Aviation Industry Corporation I and II (AVIC I and II), 
conglomerates of hundreds of companies, control the country's aerospace 
industry. Over the years, the main AVIC companies have formed joint-
venture companies with key Western aerospace partners. The larger AVIC 
companies also have so-called ``foreign divisions'' engaged in 
manufacturing, design and engineering for Western customers on a semi-
autonomous basis.

Mission Goals

    The goals of the Aerospace Supply Chain Development Mission to 
China are threefold: (1) To introduce U.S. companies to Chinese joint-
venture groups and Western original equipment manufacturers (OEMs); (2) 
to explore supplier opportunities under other aerospace programs 
(including Chinese programs and Western programs with Chinese firms 
``risk sharing''); and (3) to facilitate an effective U.S. presence at 
Airshow China.

Mission Scenario

    The mission's first stop is Beijing, home to AVIC's headquarters 
and the China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation 
(CATIC), AVIC's trading and purchasing division. The second and third 
stops are Shanghai and nearby Suzhou, home to many AVIC companies 
(including the former MD-88 assembly site), AVIC joint-ventures, and 
autonomous Western OEMs. The fourth stop, Guangzhou, provides the 
opportunity to focus on Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering 
Company Limited (GAMECO) as an example of a maintenance/repair/overhaul 
operation and a meeting with China Southern Airlines. The mission will 
conclude in nearby Zhuhai, at the China International Aviation and 
Aerospace Exhibition (known as Airshow China), the only Chinese 
aerospace exhibition endorsed by the Chinese central government. The 
last Airshow China, in 2006, showcased 52 aircraft and attracted some 
550 exhibitors from more than 33 countries, as well as 90,000 trade 
visitors and 1,500 journalists. CS Guangzhou will provide entry to the 
trade show, manage a booth, and organize one half day of meetings with 
business and industry contacts for each of the mission participants.
    Matchmaking efforts will involve coordination with the American 
Chamber of Commerce in China's U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program 
(ACP), a public/private partnership promoting technical, policy and 
commercial cooperation between the two countries' aviation sectors, and 
with other relevant groups, such as the Suzhou Economic Development 
Zone. Also, through an exclusive arrangement with Airshow China 
exhibition organizers, the mission participants will gain access to VIP 
receptions and additional assistance with matchmaking appointments at 
the show. U.S. participants will be counseled before, during, and after 
the mission by U.S. Export Assistance Center trade specialists, 
primarily by members of the Aerospace and Defense Technology Team.
    Participation in the Aerospace Supply Chain Development Mission to 
China will include the following:
     Pre-travel briefings/webinar on subjects ranging from 
Chinese business practices to security;
     Pre-scheduled meetings with potential partners, 
distributors, end users, or local industry contacts in Beijing, 
Shanghai, Suzhou, Guangzhou, and at Airshow China in Zhuhai;
     Transportation to airports in Beijing and Shanghai;
     Coach class airline ticket between Beijing and Shanghai;
     Bus transportation between Shanghai and Suzhou;
     Coach class airline ticket between Shanghai and Guangzhou;
     One Airshow China entry pass per company representative;
     Participation in industry receptions at Airshow China;
     Meetings with CS China aviation industry specialists in 
Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

                           Proposed Timetable
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Sunday, October 26, 2008.....  Participants arrive in Beijing on their
                                own schedule.
                               Afternoon briefing at Kerry Centre Hotel.
Monday, October 27, Tuesday,   Pre-scheduled matchmaking appointments,
 October 28.                    focusing on contacts at AVIC 1 and
                                CATIC.
                               Briefing on Civil Aviation Administration
                                of China (CAAC) standards and
                                regulations.
                               Roundtable with the ACP.
                               Networking reception.
Wednesday, October 29........  Flight to Shanghai.
                               Single Company Promotion/U.S. Aerospace
                                Suppliers' Technical Sales Forum.
                               Half day of one-on-one meetings.
Thursday, October 30.........  One-on-one appointments, visits to major
                                Shanghai Aerospace firms (e.g., SAIC).
                               Afternoon bus travel to nearby Suzhou.
                               Appointments, coordinated with the Suzhou
                                Economic Development Zone.
Friday, October 31...........  Appointments continue.
Saturday, November 1.........  Follow-up appointments, as needed, and
                                optional sightseeing.
Sunday, November 2...........  Flight to Guangzhou.
Monday, November 3...........  Networking breakfast with the American
                                Chamber of Commerce.
                               Meeting with GAMECO's Procurement
                                Department and China Southern Airlines'
                                Procurement Department, with technical
                                tour of the facilities.
                               Afternoon bus trip to Zhuhai
                                (approximately 1 hour).
                               Attend Airshow China's official opening
                                (early evening).
Tuesday, November 4..........  Pre-scheduled appointments at Airshow
                                China.
                               VIP reception (by special invitation).
                               Mission concludes in evening.

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                               Participants free to depart Zhuhai via
                                the ferry to Hong Kong.
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Participation Requirements

    All parties interested in participating in the Aerospace Supplier 
Development Mission to China must complete and submit an application 
for consideration by the Department of Commerce. All applicants will be 
evaluated on their ability to meet certain conditions and best satisfy 
the selection criteria as outlined below. The mission will open on a 
first come first served basis to 10 qualified U.S. companies.

Fees and Expenses

    After a company has been selected to participate on the mission, a 
payment to the Department of Commerce in the form of a participation 
fee is required. The participation fee will be $5,000 for large firms 
and $4,150 for a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), which includes 
one principal representative.\*\ The fee for each additional firm 
representative (large firm or SME) is $600. Expenses for lodging, some 
meals, incidentals, and travel (except for in-country arrangements 
previously noted) will be the responsibility of each mission 
participant.
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    * An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or 
that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations 
(see https://www.sba.gov/services/contracting opportunities/
sizestandardstopics/). Parent companies, affiliates, and 
subsidiaries will be considered when determining business size. The 
dual pricing schedule reflects the Commercial Service's user fee 
schedule that became effective May 1, 2008 (for additional 
information see https://www.export.gov/newsletter/march2008/
initiatives.html).
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Conditions for Participation

     An applicant must submit a completed and signed mission 
application and supplemental application materials, including adequate 
information on the company's products and/or services, primary market 
objectives, and goals for participation.
     Each applicant must also certify that the products and 
services it seeks to export through the mission are either produced in 
the United States, or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm 
and have at least fifty-one percent U.S. content.

Selection Criteria for Participation

    Selection will be based on the following criteria:
     Suitability of a company's products or services to the 
mission's goals
     Consistency of the company's goals and objectives with the 
stated scope of the trade mission
     Timeliness of company's signed application and 
participation agreement
     Timely and adequate provision of information on company's 
products/services and market objectives, in order to facilitate 
appropriate matching with potential business partners
    Any partisan political activities (including political 
contributions) of an applicant are entirely irrelevant to the selection 
process.

Timeframe for Recruitment and Applications

    Mission recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner, 
including publication in the Federal Register, posting on the Commerce 
Department trade mission calendar (https://www.ita.doc.gov/doctm/
tmcal.html) and other Internet Web sites, press releases to general and 
trade media, direct mail, broadcast fax, notices by industry trade 
associations and other multiplier groups, and publicity at industry 
meetings, symposia, conferences, and trade shows. Recruitment for the 
mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than August 29, 
2008. Applications received after that date will be considered only if 
space and scheduling constraints permit.

Contacts

    Mr. Eric Nielsen, ITA Aerospace and Defense Technology Team, 
Arizona U.S. Export Assistance Center, Tel: (520) 670-5808, E-mail: 
eric.nielsen@mail.doc.gov;
    Mr. William Lawton, ITA Aerospace and Defense Technology Team, 
Miami U.S. Export Assistance Center, Tel: (305) 526-7425, ext. 26, E-
mail: William.lawton@mail.doc.gov.

Eric Nielsen,
Director, Arizona U.S. Export Assistance Center.
[FR Doc. E8-15838 Filed 7-15-08; 8:45 am]
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