Irish firms secure €25m contracts in Gulf region during trade mission

8 Jan 2014

Irish firms on a trade mission to the Gulf region have secured €25m worth of contracts in areas ranging from ICT to energy, construction and education in the first three days of a five-day schedule.

The Enterprise Ireland-led mission was attended by Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton.

The contracts were secured on the Saudi Arabian and Qatar legs of the five-day mission, which now moves on to the United Arab Emirates for the final two days.

“The activity and success across a wide range of sectors demonstrates the opportunities that exist in the Gulf for Irish companies with high quality and innovative solutions,” Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon explained.

“Enterprise-Ireland will continue to work with our companies to ensure they have all the supports they need to compete and win in these important markets,” Sinnamon said.

Deals done

Escher Group signed a new contract with Saudi Post to extend their licence agreement from 150 – 800 operational workstations.

Instant Upright signed a $1m deal with the Saudi Electric Company for boiler systems in the Ghazian power plant.

Jones Engineering signed a deal worth in excess of €15m with a major multinational fast-moving consumer goods brand.

Ezetop inked a deal with the largest retail bank in the Middle East, Al Rajhi Bank to provide software that enables the bank’s customers to buy international top ups in over 500 branches, 3,300 ATMs and 27,000 points of sale.

Rehab Group signed an agreement worth an expected €2.3million over the first 12 months with the Human Resources Development Fund to support it in the development of its inclusive employment and pre employment programmes for people with disabilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

KCC Architectural, an international architectural specialist announced multiple contract wins with customers in Doha including the Kempinski Hotels, Qatar Airways and Aspeter Hospital.

Kentz Corporation, a global engineering solutions provider, opened an office in Doha to offer specialised Oil and Gas, infrastructure and transportation sectors.

Byrne Looby, the international engineering services provider, has entered a joint venture partnership with ASCO Consulting Engineers in Qatar.

Díona Technologies, who provide innovative mobility solutions for the global health and human services market, announced a partnership with MDS in Qatar to accelerate the sale, distribution, localisation and implementation of Díona’s Government Enterprise Mobility solutions in the Middle East and Gulf Region.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years