Tyrone firm secures major contract in Kurdistan

Sean McBride, EMS Ltd pictured with Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster at the Invest Northern Ireland trade mission to Kurdistan. Tyrone firm, EMS Ltd secured a £7.5 million contract to supply recycling equipment during trade mission.

A Tyrone company has secured a £7.5million contract during a Northern Ireland Trade mission to Kurdistan.

Environmental Marketing Solutions (EMS) Ltd, based in Killyman, signed the contract for four state-of-the-art recycling systems known as, Material Recovery Facilities (MRF’s) for the region of Kurdistan.

Welcoming the contract, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, who led the Invest NI Trade Mission to Kudistan said: “I want to congratulate EMS Ltd on their success in winning this major contract. Their achievement shows the importance of local companies seizing the opportunities which are available in new and developing markets, particularly during this very difficult economic climate.

“With a rapidly growing economy, Kurdistan offers local firms a chance to showcase our range of high quality and innovative products and services.

“Throughout my visit to Kurdistan, I was overwhelmed by the warm welcome shown to me and all of the Northern Ireland firms who took part in the trade mission.

“During my meetings with senior government ministers, and the President, the strong message coming through was that Kurdistan is moving on from its troubled past and it wants to continue building and strengthening the business links which exist between our two regions. There are many areas for potential co-operation which we will develop moving forward and I am confident this work will result in tangible benefits for both our countries.”

EMS Ltd was one of 20 companies from Northern Ireland which attended the International Trade Fair in Erbil, as part of the Invest NI Trade Mission.

Sean McBride, Business Development Manager with EMS Ltd said: “This is a significant contract for our company. It is clear evidence of the opportunities which exist for local firms in Kurdistan.

“We are looking forward to bringing our high quality recycling products to the region and are hopeful that we will be able to secure further business there in the future.”

Chief Executive of Invest NI, Alastair Hamilton said that the reason more and more Northern Ireland companies were securing business in Kurdistan was due to their reputation for quality.

He said: “Since Invest NI’s earlier trade mission to Kurdistan in January of this year, the changes which have taken place in the region are incredible. Thousands of new houses and hotels are being constructed and essential infrastructure such as sewage and water, is being updated or rebuilt. This is just not about construction, the people of Kurdistan want shops and restaurants and quality merchandise to buy.

“The 20 firms which took part in Invest NI’s trade mission were impressed by the response they received from the people of Kurdistan. I am hopeful of many more contracts being signed over the weeks and months ahead.”

Source: www.investni.com/