Major Northern Ireland business group in China

A 29 strong delegation of businesses and university representatives from Northern Ireland will be in China from 22 November to 02 December. The Invest Northern Ireland organised business mission is the biggest this year from a United Kingdom region to China.

The companies will be exploring business opportunities in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. The mission is being assisted by Invest NI’s office in Shanghai and by commercial staff at British Diplomatic Posts.

The group includes senior representatives of Northern Ireland’s two universities – Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster – both of which have long-established links with Chinese institutions in terms of research and staff/student exchanges.

The mission is part of a longstanding commitment by Invest NI to promote trade and other links between Northern Ireland and China and is the second visit to China this year. The delegation is broadly representative of Northern Ireland’s longstanding industrial traditions and includes representatives from engineering, to sophisticated software development.

Among companies established in China are Andor Technology, a Belfast manufacturer of sophisticated scientific cameras which has an office in Beijing; Delta Print, a manufacturer of printed cartons with a joint venture partner, Inpac Group in Huabei; and Randox Laboratories, Crumlin, which has a network of distributors across China for its diagnostic products.

Participants also include McCloskey International, Coalisland, a manufacturer of mobile screening and recycling machinery, Mallaghan, Dungannon, a leading manufacturer of materials handling equipment for airports, software specialists such as Omiino, a Belfast developer of solutions for telecommunications, and Wellington IT, also from Belfast, who are a market leader in financial software for credit unions.

Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI Trade Director, said: “Our business delegations tend to be the most successful and biggest of any organised by UK regions. Indeed, they are also the most popular missions organised by Invest NI every year. This popularity is a measure of the success our companies experience in China.

“Several companies are visiting these centres for the first time on one of our trade missions including ABP, Newry, a leading beef processor, H Ireland, Ballyclare, a supplier of conveyor belting, Northern Ireland Space Office, Newtownabbey, a specialist in learning systems, and Paradox Omega Oils, a Belfast company producing omega enriched oils.