Belfast Telegraph

Local firm's delight after 'home wins' with top Northern Ireland contracts

By Margaret Canning

An audio visual specialist in Belfast is celebrating two 'home wins' with important contracts in the arts and tourism sector.

Niavac will install audio-visual technology at arts complex the MAC in Beflast and the Giant Causeway Visitor Centre.

The company said it fought off competition from elsewhere in the UK to deliver a "home win" for the Northern Ireland economy.

Managing director James Conlon said the contract wins showed that the company could compete at the highest level.

"These are two very prestigious jobs which in the past would have been won by London-based firms who would fly in and out of Northern Ireland to deliver the project," he said.

"Through winning and successfully delivering these contracts, we have proved that the expertise, engineering resource, design and customer service is all available in Northern Ireland.

"This is a clear endorsement of our ability to compete with firms in Great Britain and it's a 'home win' for the Northern Ireland economy."

Niavac's deal with the MAC is worth over £30,000 and will see it install interactive features such as high definition projector systems, video conferencing and digital signage.

The £200,000 contract with the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre involved working on digital signage, touch-screen technology and 'power of the landscape' showcase, a 10m by 4m image.

Mr Conlon said: "It was a very exciting project and it opens a new market for us. We haven't had a lot of penetration in the interpretative/museum space before but we've already seen three or four projects potentially coming off the back of this and we'd like to do more in this sector."

Niavac was founded in 1958 as a reprographic house before developing audio visual technology.

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