Viper International, the Coalisland-based manufacturer of screening and recycling machinery, has won initial contracts worth £400,000 from Qatar following an Invest Northern Ireland trade mission to the Arabian Gulf region.

Four Viper Discovery & Dig-A-Screen machines have been ordered by a Qatar company currently developing a gas pipeline in Qatar and will be used to screen and recycle sand and other materials. The company visited Qatar, which has the world’s single biggest gas field, as part of the mission to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in October.

Tracy Meharg, Invest NI’s Managing Director of Innovation and Capability Development Services, said: “Viper International is an excellent example of how a company can add significant value to its business and increase its global competitiveness by investing in trade and R&D with support drawn from our portfolio of services.

“It is in line with our strategy of encouraging and assisting local companies to achieve greater success in world markets by focusing on innovation across the business,” she added.

“We used the mission to launch the Viper Discovery & Dig-A-Screen machines in the Middle East marketplace. It’s a unique machine that we developed with assistance from Invest NI’s Compete programme for R&D over a period of 18 months,” said Harry McCourt, Viper International’s Managing Director.

“Among its advantages for operators is flexibility and portability. It’s a track-mounted vehicle that features advanced electronics which enable operators to control the vehicle from a distance. It also means the machine can be moved easily to any number of locations and is therefore an extremely cost-effective solution for screening and recycling operations. This makes it ideal for projects such as pipelines and roads.

“The machine also attracted considerable interest in Dubai and contracts currently being negotiated could push the business from this region beyond the £2 million mark in the near future,” he added.

Viper International currently employs 65 people in the in-house design and manufacture of mobile and static machinery for the quarrying, recycling and land reclamation industries worldwide.

Formed in 1988, the company also exports equipment to customers in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.