Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Arab conference visit brings £300k contract for Draperstown firm

Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI trade director, and Peter Gormley, managing director of Sperrin Metal
Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI trade director, and Peter Gormley, managing director of Sperrin Metal

A Draperstown company has signed a £300,000 contract with an Arab government ministry.

Sperrin Metal Storage Solutions won the lucrative deal to install its mobile shelving system to house archived documents with Qatar's Ministry of the Interior offices in the country's capital, Doha.

The deal was clinched during the firm's attendance at the recent Arab Health Congress in Dubai and comes as the company celebrates 50 years in business.

The new business in the Gulf arose from a direct deal with the Ministry, in contrast to the traditional use of an agent from within the region.

The company employs 100 at the Co Londonderry site and designs, manufactures and installs shelving, storage and mezzanine flooring systems.

Managing director Peter Gormley described the new business as "an extremely important deal".

"We were able to use our vast knowledge of storage technology to design a solution that met the specific requirements of their prestigious customer in Qatar.

"An important feature of the contract is that it is with a major customer and not with an agent, which is usual practice in the Middle East. This direct contact makes it easier to deliver a project involving bespoke design and engineering," he said.

Sperrin Metal attended the Middle Eastern trade exhibition as part of a contingent led by Invest NI which has shared its expertise with the firm.

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