Northern Ireland companies in South East Asia

Senior executives from nine Northern Ireland companies will be visiting markets in South East Asia from 14-24 April to strengthen trade links and to explore other business opportunities such as joint ventures and technology agreements with local firms. The companies will be visiting Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

The mission is the latest in a series of Invest Northern Ireland trade development initiatives to markets in the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) region. As well as promoting Singapore as an important market in its own right, Invest NI is encouraging companies to explore opportunities throughout the region, also including Vietnam and the Philippines.

Most of the participating companies already have business in Singapore and the wider South East Asia region.

One of the companies in the delegation, Lowe Refrigeration, a global market leader in the supply of refrigerated equipment for food exhibitions, has had an office in Singapore for many years. FM Environmental, a specialist in waste water treatment systems, has a successful joint venture with a manufacturer in Malaysia.  Mallaghan Engineering also has significant business in the region, including Vietnam, for its range of airport ground handling machinery.

Claire Gadd, the Invest NI mission manager, says: “This is a small but highly focused group that comprises companies with considerable experience of business in the ASEAN region.  

“All the companies are here to do business and are confident that the products and services they have to offer will attract attention in this dynamic marketplace. As experienced exporters, they have the processes and commitment to meet the requirements in terms of quality, value for money and delivery of existing and potential customers.

“Our focus on ASEAN, which usually involves at least one trade mission every year, has encouraged and assisted many Northern Ireland companies to develop successful business relationships here.”

Northern Ireland companies visiting South East Asian markets from 14-24 April 2007:

EDS Ireland, Newry - electronic design services

Fayrefield Foods (Ireland), Belfast - marketing of dairy products

FM Environmental, Newry - environmental equipment

Higgins Insurance and Investments, Belfast – insurance and investment brokerage

IBC, Newtownards - design and marketing of musical instruments

Lowe Refrigeration, Carryduff - supply of refrigerated display equipment

Mallaghan Engineering, Dungannon - airport ground handling equipment

Rubber and Plastics, Belfast – hoses

Rutledge Joblink, Coleraine – staff recruitment and training.