Antrim-based Arbarr Electronics has been assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to form business partnerships in Denver that will result in new business worth around £2 million for its innovative portable airfield and emergency lighting systems
Antrim-based Arbarr Electronics has been assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to form business partnerships in Denver that will result in new business worth around £2 million for its innovative portable airfield and emergency lighting systems.
Arbarr chief executive James McCorley announced the company's successes at the start of a visit to Northern Ireland by a major business delegation from Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the World Trade Centre, Denver and organised by Invest NI.
Mr McCorley said the high level of interest in the company's range of products in the US had been assisted by the advice and guidance provided by Invest NI's Northern Ireland Technology and Development Centre (NITDC) in Denver. This support had encouraged him to establish a subsidiary operation, Arbarr Electronics Inc, in Denver.
He said the company had lined up partners in Denver to develop business in the Rocky Mountain region and in other parts of the US.
"This is a huge marketplace with enormous potential for our products, particularly our unique portable lighting system which has applications for airfields, helipads and for search and rescue operations.
"Our marketing efforts have benefited enormously from the practical advice and contact building support from Invest NI's Technology and Development Centre in Denver. The centre helped us in finding the right partner to work with in what is a new and potentially very exciting market for us.
"It also provides us with a US address which makes doing business there that much easier. Having a presence on the ground is important because it's a very competitive marketplace. The Denver centre is helping us to internationalise our business successfully," he added.
Tracy Meharg, Invest NI's managing director of Innovation and Capability Development, said: "The Technology and Development Centre in Denver is one of three that Invest NI has established to help smaller companies in particular to enhance international marketing capability and increase business in growth markets such as the US and the Middle East.
"Arbarr Electronics is a good example of the type of company that can benefit enormously from the assistance and guidance provided by the highly experienced business people who manage the centres for Invest NI.
"Overall, the centres provide an infrastructure of experienced support and first class facilities that companies can use for activities that will enhance their business in the market. The centres are already helping companies in areas such as market research, the identification of partners for distributorships and joint ventures and in business procedures in the US.”
Arbarr Electronics, which employs around 20 people in Antrim, gained a SMART award for its portable lighting system. The company also supplies marshalling wands to airports throughout the United Kingdom. The wands are used in positioning aircraft.
In addition, Arbarr manufactures and assembles sophisticated printed circuit boards (PCB) for leading electronics customers. Around 60 per cent of its PCBs are supplied to customers in the Republic of Ireland, including a manufacturer of test equipment for the aerospace industry.
Arbarr Electronics is part of a group of Northern Ireland companies being assisted by the Denver centre. The group also includes Fusion Antibodies and Orthodocs, both Belfast, and Causeway Data Communications, Coleraine. Together these companies have concluded deals worth around £4 million over the past year.
The other Invest NI Northern Ireland Technology and Development Centres are in Boston and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates