20th May 2016
Australia and Northern Ireland – A Growing Business Relationship
In the lead up to Invest NI's trade mission to Australia, Kate Gilmore, Mission Manager, Invest NI provides background to the growing business relationship between Australia and Northern Ireland.
"As the economic development agency for Northern Ireland, Invest NI assists the region’s companies to develop global sales and helps businesses in overseas markets to access quality products and services from Northern Ireland suppliers.
I am delighted to be leading Invest NI’s trade mission to Australia and I am confident that Northern Ireland is represented here by a group of exciting and innovative companies, who have much to offer the Australian market.
Many participants on this trade mission are already conducting business in Australia, whilst others are making their first visit to the market. Regardless of their size or sector, they all possess a wealth of experience and expertise which will bring value to their business relationships with Australian partners.
Asia Pacific is rapidly developing as an important strategic market for Invest NI. We have had a presence for some time in China, with trade and investment offices in Shanghai and Beijing. Recently we expanded our team, supplementing it with the appointment of trade consultants in Australia and South East Asia, demonstrating our commitment to the region.
Several Northern Ireland companies have established bases in Australia, including Norbrook Laboratories, a global leader in veterinary medicines, with an office in Melbourne and Randox, a pioneer in diagnostic systems, with an office in Paramatta NSW.
First Derivatives, which specialises in software and services for banking and financial firms, has established an office in Sydney and O’Neills Irish International Sports has recently opened a sales office in Adelaide.
Other Northern Ireland companies, both large and small,have achieved significant business success in Australia.They include Texthelp, a leading provider of literacy software solutions for individuals, educational institutions, government departments and publishers. Andor Technology, a global leader in sophisticated scientific cameras, has been active in the market for a considerable period, as has HeartSine,the technology leader in the global automated external defibrillator industry. BA Components, a manufacturer of trade kitchen and bedroom doors, has experienced considerable success in recent years, whilst MJM Marine has delivered specialist joinery and fit-out projects in Australia.
Northern Ireland has a worldwide reputation in the materials handling and aerospace sectors. Forty percent of the world’s mobile crushing and screening equipment is made in Northern Ireland, while one in three of the world’s aircraft seats are also made in Northern Ireland. Companies such as Terex Powerscreen, Terex Finlay, McCloskey International, CDE Global,Hill Engineering and Portafill all consider Australia a key exportmarket and have experienced very strong sales in recent years".
Interested in learning more?
View the Trade Mission Website for details of the companies visting Australia (June 20-24, 2016). To enquire about scheduling a meeting with visiting companies, please contact Foley & Associates, Invest NI's Authorised Trade Representative for Australia & New Zealand.