Online Webinar

How European Aerospace Companies writing Success Stories in the American Market

Aerospace experts talk about their personal experience in the USA. Experiences about building a business, but also how to win American customers in the Aerospace and Defense industry. 

With a welcome speech from
Greg Canfield, Secretary of Commerce

Alabama Department of Commerce

Date        25.03.2021 4pm (MEZ)

Details Webinar 


03/25/2021 |  4:00pm (MEZ) / 10am (CST)
                           1 hour

Aerospace in Alabama

Over 300 aerospace companies from more than 30 different countries have chosen Alabama, including industry giants such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, GE Aviation, Raytheon, Collins Aerospace and GKN Aerospace. Another of these giants is Airbus, which produces A320 Family passenger jets at its only U.S. manufacturing facility in Mobile, where it is also adding a second production line for A220 aircraft.

Interviews with our Aerospave Experts:

Premium Aerotec - Dr. Ulrich Weber, COO

From 2012 till 2016 Airbus Americans head of Final Assembly Line and responsible for set-up the plant in Mobile, Alabama. 

His personal experience with Alabama and the start of aircraft assembly plant to USA. 

Winkelmann Technology - Sebastian Thöle, CEO

Starting 2017 a company in Alabama. He talks about how to win customers in the American defense and pace industry.

His experience on how to win customers in the American Space and Defense industry. 


Greetings by John M. McCaslin
Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs & Regional
Senior Commercial Officer U.S. Embassy – Berlin, Germany

Greeting by Greg Canfield – Secretary of Commerce
Alabama Department of Commerce

Overview industries in Alabama and how the success story in Alabama came about.
Introduktion European Office - Alabama Department of Commerce.

Aerospace in Alabama - regions, companies and the opportunities.

Interview with Dr. Ulrich Weber – COO Premium Aerotec
His personal experience with Alabama and the start of an aircraft assembly plant in the USA
          2012 – 2016 Airbus Americas Inc.
          Head of Final Assembly Line and 
          responsible for set-up of the plant in Mobile Alabama

Interview with Sebastian Thöle -  Managing Director, Winkelmann MSR Technology GmbH & Co. KG   
His experience on how to win customers in the American Space and Defense Industry.
since 2017 Subsidiary in Alabama
        Winkelmann Flowform Technology, LP
        Auburn, AL 36832, USA

Questions and Discussion

Quick Facts Aerospace in Alabama

  • 100+ years of aerospace and aviation history
  • 61,000+ employed in aerospace and defense
  • 4,080 aerospace engineers (Top 5 in US)
  • Home to businesses from 30 countries
  • 2nd largest research and technology park in the U.S. 
    (Cummings Research Park)
  • More than 300 aerospace companies
  • Aerospace manufacturing employed 13,300
  • Nearly $2.5 billion in aerospace equipment and parts exported in 2019

2021 Huntsville is chosen as the  "new headquarters of the U.S. Space Command". 

Your Contact in Europe

Christoph Doerr
European Office Director 

Alabama Department of Commerce 


Oststrasse 25 

70806 Kornwestheim / Stuttgart 

Tel.       +49 7154 965 71 0