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CHARLOTTE - Europe and Asia are increasingly important for Charlotte-based Scent Air.

"We've got about 50,000 systems deployed in over 109 countries," David Amaral, the company's vice president of international business.

The company makes custom fragrances used in upscale hotels, shops and casinos.

“They're global companies, they require global service providers," Amaral said.

Global sales make up about 35 percent of Scent Air's business. The products are exported from the company's facility in Charlotte.

"It's growing extremely rapidly," said Amaral.

North Carolina's exports are up 5 percent in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2011, according to U.S. government numbers.

Between January and June, $14 billion in goods left North Carolina bound for other countries. Exports to Saudi Arabia increased 60 percent, while Brazil, Mexico, Canada and Belgium all received more Tar Heel goods this year.

"International exports are an important segment of North Carolina's overall economy and this growth will aid our recovery from the economic recession," said Gov. Bev Perdue, in a statement.

The folks at Scent Air agree.

"North Carolina has very good diversity of high quality suppliers of those type of components," said Amaral.

The state's leading export categories include chemicals, machinery, transportation equipment, electronics and textiles.

Scent Air tries to work with other North Carolina companies -- like a plastics manufacturer in Asheboro -- to keep the economic impact here.

Nationally, U.S. exports hit a record $2.1 trillion last year. The commerce department said the country is on track to beat that number in 2012.

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