More Welsh firms are looking to overseas markets to fill their order books, driven by sluggish demand at home.
Over £13bn of goods are exported from Wales each year, with more than a quarter going to the United States.
Now the First Minister is heading to San Franscisco - the latest stop in a series of 16 trade missions this year designed to promote Wales as a place to invest and Welsh companies abroad.
Our Business Correspondent Carole Green has been to see several Welsh firms whose thirst for overseas business in paying off.
More top news
Mary Owen has been working at the school in Old Colwyn for 46 years and still loves her job as much now as she did at the very beginning.
The latest weather forecast for Wales.
Andrew Patrick Saunders killed his ex-girlfriend Zoe Morgan and her new boyfriend Lee Simmons outside Matalan in Cardiff last year.