A Black Country manufacturer has landed a £2 million contract in a massive project to upgrade the Abu Dhabi sewage network infrastructure.
Netherton-based Industrial Penstocks will export 27 large valves, measuring up to 7ft wide, for a new sewage pipe network that will connect all the islands of Abu Dhabi.
The firm, which employs nine workers, specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of penstocks and valves for fluid control.
It also have clients in the USA, Africa, the Far East, other parts of the Middle East and across Europe.
Director Paul Higginson said from very humble beginnings as a novice exporter the company has prosperered after signing up to the UK Trade & Investment’s Passport to Export scheme in 2002
He said: “We have exported in excess of £1.8 million, valuing the need to sell to new markets, which has culminated in the recent £2 million awarded contract. The support from UK Trade & Investment was a great springboard for us to start exporting, and now this new order will almost double our annual turnover.”
Industrial Penstocks was one of the first West Midlands businesses to join UK Trade & Investment’s flagship Passport to Export scheme, which gives new exporters the training, planning and ongoing support they need to succeed overseas, and the company’s export business has gone from strength to strength as a result.
Over the past seven years, UK Trade & Investment has helped 1,500 West Midlands companies develop their export business through the Passport to Export scheme.