Northern Ireland Business Delegation in South East Asia

Fifteen local companies are taking part in the Invest Northern Ireland trade mission to Singapore and Malaysia, from 16-21 February, to explore trade, joint venture and technology transfer opportunities.

Included in the Invest NI trade delegation are companies which already have significant business in Singapore, Malaysia and other markets in South East Asia.

Invest NI has been organising regular missions to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region over many years. As well as developing business in Singapore and Malaysia, Northern Ireland companies will be visiting neighbouring markets such as Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.  

The delegation is broadly representative of the most successful business sectors in Northern Ireland, a region with a longstanding commitment to international sales and a tradition of excellence in sectors such as engineering, software development, food processing and information technology.

Three companies, for example, have won recognition in the shape of Queen’s Awards for Enterprise – APT, a market leader in the development of digital audio technology; Lowe Refrigeration, a specialist in display systems for exhibitions; and Ulster Carpets, now one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of Axminster and Wilton carpets for hotels, convention centres and casinos.

Lowe Refrigeration has also had a base in Singapore for many years and uses it to service markets throughout Asia Pacific.

FM Environmental, Newry, a manufacturer of waste water treatment systems, has been successful in this region and now has a joint venture manufacturing and technology transfer operation in Malaysia.

Alan Hingston, Invest NI’s Trade Director, commenting on the delegation, said: “This is a very experienced group of exporters who are visiting  Singapore and Malaysia to build on existing business relationships and also to explore other opportunities for their products and services in these important markets as well as in other neighbouring countries.

“Both markets are still developing and continuing to provide significant business opportunities for our companies at a time when other countries closer to home are contracting. Our companies are increasingly recognising that there are substantial opportunities in developing markets such as South Asia, India and the Middle East.

“Over the years, Northern Ireland companies have found Singapore and Malaysia to be a good place in which to do business and ideal centres from which to identify and supply customers in other neighbouring countries,” he added.

Northern Ireland companies visiting Singapore and Malaysia 16-21 February 2009

APT, Belfast - digital audio technology

Biznet, Belfast - information management software

Cooneen Watts and Stone, Fivemiletown – technical clothing design

Core Systems, Belfast – biometric technology systems

CWS Recycling, waste recycling

FM Environmental, Newry - waste water systems

Greenfields Ireland, Belfast - marketing of dairy products

Hawk Protection, Belfast - personnel protection garments

Lowe Refrigeration, Carryduff - chilled display cabinets;

NISoft, Belfast - document management systems for utilities

Noribic, Londonderry – business consultancy services

Reisswolf Northern Ireland, paper manufacturer;  

Ulster Carpets, Portadown - carpet manufacturer

Ulster Weavers, Belfast - domestic and kitchen textiles.

Woodlock Joinery, Omagh – window frames, staircases and conservatories