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Sat 7 Oct 2006 12:00 AM

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Welsh exports fuel the dragon

International Business Wales is coming back for more as construction success in the region creates opportunities

The Welsh Assembly overseas trade and investment arm, International Business Wales, will be hosting a stand at the Big 5 for the second year running.

Even more Welsh companies are taking part in the event this year, after last year’s show generated over US $1.8 million (AED6.6 million) in new business for them in the Dubai market alone.

In 2005, Welsh exports to the UAE totalled $384 million, an increase of $118 million from the previous year.

And the rapid development of the UAE region continues, Welsh firms are well-equipped to provide the kind of advanced technologies that the construction sector now requires, says Lee Jennings, vice president (Middle East) of International Business Wales.

“The local market has a high regard for Welsh products and services, and this year we have a diverse range of products on show.”

Among the companies attending the show are equipment supplier ESS Bridgend-based technology innovators IEA.

“At last year’s Big 5 show we secured an order from a large landscaping contractor in the UAE for one model from our range of Bandit Beast horizontal waste recyclers, the first time the 2680 model has ever appeared in the Middle East,” said Sean Reilly, managing director, ESS.

“Since then we have secured deals with a wide range of customers from small landscapers to major construction firms and we are hoping for similar success this year.”

ESS will be showcasing new products at the show incorporating equipment for the removal and recycling of indigenous materials, while IEA will be launching two new products for the water industry – TraKKa, the tracking and monitoring management solution for heavy duty machinery and mobile assets, and AquatraK, the water-based transport monitoring system.

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