Intersec 2013 took place Jan. 15-17 at the Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Center in the United Arab Emirates. This event is a premier security exhibition in the world as it showcases the latest equipment and advanced technological solutions in the global security sector. Companies from around the world wishing to expand their business in the Middle East attend this event. This year, Intersec attracted 990 exhibitors and some 19,500 visitors from 54 countries.
The N.C. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Division had a booth in the U.S. pavilion. Several North Carolina companies exhibited at the show, including Matthews Specialty Vehicles of Greensboro, Appealing Products of Raleigh, ABT Inc. of Troutman, Advanced Detection Technology of Mooresville, and SAS Public Security of Cary. Commerce Technology Business Development Director Kuldip Wasson helped facilitate North Carolina exports and assisted companies in seeking out new markets and new opportunities for trade.
Despite continuing uncertainty in the global economy, homeland safety and security is a thriving industry. Growth in the Middle East is projected to accelerate due to the large building and infrastructure projects such as border protection, security of oil and gas installations, sensitive sites, etc. The Middle East is a large export market for North Carolina companies. In 2011, North Carolina exported more than $1.2 billion worth of products and services to the Middle Eastern countries.