Major Northern Ireland Business Delegation in Asia

Apr 14, 2005

Directors and senior managers from six companies are visiting South East Asia for the first time on an Invest Northern Ireland trade mission from 10-21 April. They are among 24 companies taking part in the mission to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand that is being led by Mervyn McCall, a director of Antrim-based Mivan.

The companies are also being assisted with market research, advice about business procedures and lead generation by Invest NI’s Singapore-based trade adviser for South East Asia.

Visiting the region for the first time on a trade mission are: Clinivet Nutrition, Antrim, a specialist in organic pet food; CWS, Armagh, a recycler of waste paper products; Glentronics, Newtownabbey, a manufacturer of an assistive hearing device;  Harco Technology, Belfast, a financial software developer; Mallaghan, Dungannon,  a manufacturer of airport ground handling equipment; Seinex Electronics, Belfast, a manufacturer of blood pressure monitoring devices; and Superseal International, Portadown, a developer of a product which eliminates vehicle tyre punctures.

Alan Hingston, Invest NI’s director of trade, said: “Missions are an integral part of the ‘Being International’ focus in our new corporate strategy. Our aim is to encourage and assist companies to explore business opportunities outside Northern Ireland.

“It’s encouraging to see six companies taking part for the first time in a mission to South East Asia. Over the past three years, we’ve helped around 300 companies to enter export markets for the first time and 700 established exporters have been assisted to enter new markets.

Mervyn McCall added: “Invest NI missions to South East Asia continue to be extremely popular with our companies because of the region’s buoyant and open economies and a growing demand for a wide range of products and services.

“Singapore, in particular, is an ideal springboard for companies wishing to explore neighbouring markets, especially Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.”

Mivan has extensive business in South East Asia including a substantial contract for the supply of formwork to construct residential accommodation in Thailand that was secured during a mission last year to the region. Mivan, which has an office in Kuala Lumpur, has gained two Queen’s Awards for Export Achievement.

The Northern Ireland delegation is as follows:


Avalon Guitars, Newtownards - acoustic guitars

Bridgedale Outdoor, Newtownards - socks for outdoor pursuits

Clinivet Nutrition, Antrim - premium, organic pet food

CP Productions, Lisburn - mirrors and framed prints

Fast Engineering, Antrim - Fastank portable water storage systems

FM Environmental, Newry - waste water treatment equipment

Glentronics, Newtownabbey - assistive hearing devices

Liddell, Lurgan - table linen, bedding and head rest linens

Mallaghan, Dungannon - stairways and ground equipment for airports

Powershield Doors, Lisburn - steel doors and glazing systems

Randox Laboratories, Crumlin - diagnostic devices

Seinex Electronics, Belfast - blood pressure monitoring devices

Superseal International, Portadown - puncture elimination system

Ulster Weavers, Belfast - household textiles.


Clinical Trial Services, Craigavon - testing services to the pharmaceuticals industry

CWS, Armagh - recycling of waste paper

Edge Innovative Learning International, Belfast - learning and training programme specialists

Edutrain, Armagh - training and educational consultancy

Fayrefield Foods, Belfast - dairy products

Fern Computer, Belfast - micro-finance software

Harco Technology, Belfast - software for financial institutions

Lowe Refrigeration, Carryduff - refrigerated display equipment

Mivan, Antrim - fast-track construction techniques

Synergy Learning, Belfast - multimedia and games technology and learning materials

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