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Dungannon manufacturer wins million pound export deal in UAE
Dungannon based manufacturer, BlueMAC Manufacturing has secured a deal estimated to be worth over £1.3 million with Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Waste Management Agency in the United Arab Emirates.
BlueMAC specialises in the design and manufacture of cutting edge recycling systems, material recovery facilities and bespoke machinery.
Speaking from the Waste Management Agency’s premises in UAE whilst on a visit programme to the Middle East, Alastair Hamilton, Chief Executive of Invest Northern Ireland said: “This deal with the Waste Management Agency in RAK will see BlueMAC’s range of separators and conveyors shipped to UAE in an initial contract valued at £1.3million. It follows a visit by the RAK buyers to BlueMAC’s facilities in Dungannon during an Invest NI inward buyer visit last year.
He added: “Growing exports is central to our strategy. Exporting ensures businesses are able to grow, which in turn supports and strengthens our economy. Through our extensive trade programme and inward buyer visits we are proactively helping local companies to access new markets and reach new customers.
“The Middle East is a very important market for ambitious Northern Ireland exporters. This visit programme is enabling me to meet with local influencers and potential new investors to sell Northern Ireland as a great place to work and do business.”
During his trip, Mr Hamilton is visiting Saudi Arabia and UAE for a series of business meetings with potential investors and supporting export trade development.
RAK Waste Management Agency is the government body responsible for waste collection, recycling and treatment for the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.
Chris Brooke from BlueMAC said: “We are delighted to secure this contract in the UAE which is our first in this market.
“Invest NI’s advice and support has been invaluable in helping us to win this deal. During the inward buyer visit we were able to showcase our state of the art recycling facility to RAK Waste Management Agency and meet with key contacts in the company face to face. This has allowed us to begin a very worthwhile relationship which has led to securing this business.
“We are very much looking forward to continuing to develop relationships in the Middle East which will be vital to our future exporting successes in this market.”
Invest NI has also offered BlueMAC support of £140,000 towards R&D and marketing activities. The R&D support will assist the company to develop waste separation equipment which it hopes to sell in international markets.
Invest NI’s R&D support is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020.