Invest NI helps north west company create pipeline to export success

Invest Northern Ireland has helped north west company Allpipe Engineering to secure major contracts worth £3 million with global fuel giant Esso.

The contracts will see Allpipe Engineering supply, fabricate and install its high quality industrial piping at three of Esso’s main UK fuel terminals - London, Manchester and Birmingham.

Invest NI supported a £500,000 investment by Allpipe in specialised staff training programmes, as well as an IT system upgrade, which enabled Allpipe to meet stringent petrochemical industry standards and secure the Esso deals.

Liam Gallagher, Managing Director of Allpipe Engineering, said: “Since our establishment in 1994, we have steadily grown our reputation and customer base through high quality workmanship and competitive pricing. However, in order to build on this further and secure higher value contracts, we required accreditation against recognised industry standards.

“With Invest NI’s help, we achieved this through a programme of specialist in-house staff training, with team members achieving NVQ accreditation for their welding skills. Along with our improved IT systems, we can now meet the very high standards required by the petrochemical industry and respond to tenders more quickly and accurately.

“This increased capability enabled us to secure direct contracts with blue chip companies, such as Esso, and we are now well placed to compete for further contracts outside Northern Ireland as they arise. We also intend to continue to invest in our staff, with further training planned in areas including management, administration and Computer Aided Design.”

Victor Jordan, Invest NI’s Director of Business Improvement Services, said: “Local engineering companies can improve their export sales performance by ensuring they are equipped to bid for major contracts when they become available. With highly skilled staff and using the latest welding techniques, Allpipe Engineering is strengthening not only its own prominence in the market, but also the Northern Ireland economy as a whole.”