Co Tyrone equipment firms set out their stalls for industry event
Heavy equipment manufacturers from Co Tyrone - known as the Silicon Valley for the sector - are hoping for fresh orders as they take part in a major industry event in England.
Powerscreen, Sandvik and McCloskey Engineering will be among 40 companies attending Hillhead to unveil new machines and make new contacts.
In total, Northern Ireland equipment manufacturers, which are mainly clustered in Co Tyrone, enjoyed international sales of around £500m last year, according to Invest NI.
Powerscreen global product line director Colin Clements said his firm would have eight machines at the show, which takes place in Buxton, Derbyshire, from Tuesday to Thursday next week.
The Dungannon company is part of US machinery giant Terex. Its success since it was established 50 years ago has spawned dozens of other machinery firms around Co Tyrone - most of which will also be taking part.
Mr Clements said: "While Hillhead is a UK-based exhibition, it is important for our global business and attracts dealers and customers from across the world. We expect to finalise several contracts during the show, and Hillhead has historically been a good launchpad for our sales performance into the send half of the year."
Crushing Screening Parts in Maghera, Co Londonderry - a spin-out from Powerscreen, set up by former employee Michael McGrath - will also participate in the event.
Mr McGrath's company supplies after-market care and parts to the Terex group of companies and other firms.
He said he had recently shipped parts to markets as far-flung as Russia, Ukraine, Kenya, Dominica, Venezuela, Guatemala and the US.
"We are young as a global but established provider with significant growth achieved and expected," Mr McGrath added.
"We plan to introduce ourselves to the many attendees, both fellow exhibitors and attendees alike to put names to faces and get a chance to build increasing relationships.
"I am a strong believer that when you get past all the systems and resources available, people still want to buy from people."