Albion Valves, a leading UK valve supplier to the building services industry, is investing in its export business with a specific focus on the Middle East.
The company is creating a dedicated export team and has forged new partnerships with representatives in the region to support growth.
Albion has had some representation in the Middle East for several years, but with the emergence of several new major infrastructure projects in the region, such as facilities to accommodate the 2022 World Cup, there has been increasing demand for building services.
Albion's strong heritage in building services, along with their increasingly global outlook in business, puts them in an excellent position to trade overseas and they have recently agreed deals with leading agents in UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Les Littlewood, sales and marketing director at Albion, commented: 'We have identified a significant trade opportunity for export in the Middle East. The building services industry in the region is booming, similar to where the UK was about 7 years ago, so we need to build awareness in the region.
British brands and British manufacturing are very highly regarded in the region and, indeed, worldwide. With the onset of Brexit it makes total commercial sense for us to maximise these opportunities. We have already had some very encouraging project quotes which is a fantastic place to start!'
Albion will consider opening a Middle Eastern base for business. However, in the short-term export will be supported by a growing UK-based team, which will be managed by new export sales coordinator, Ryan Moore.
Mr Moore, who started with the business this month, has held several senior export roles developing new international markets for both manufacturing and retail businesses in the UK. He commented: 'This is a really exciting time to join Albion; it is a very forward thinking business and is willing to seize this new opportunity opening up to UK suppliers in the global marketplace.
Albion's reputation for quality and reliability, as well as its strong heritage of British engineering, will stand it in good stead internationally, and the business is already attracting much interest in the Middle East.
We also see huge opportunities for the company in Eastern Europe as it continues to develop and improve its infrastructure inline with its growing economy.'