Belfast Telegraph

Australia mission nets new business for Irish firms

New business worth 15 million euro has been won by Irish companies during a major trade mission to Australia.

The delegation was made up of 44 firms from a range of sectors including software, financial services, telecoms, life sciences and environmental services.

Trade and Commerce Minister Billy Kelleher said the new contracts and agreements endorsed Ireland's global reputation as a source of high quality products and services.

"Exporting successes such as that achieved by these innovative and quality Irish companies are hard won but are critical to Ireland's economic prosperity and securing employment back home in Ireland," Mr Kelleher said.

The announcements from the Australia mission over the last week include a 3.5 million euro deal between Folamh, a Dublin-based recycling company, Sony Australia to reduce the number of mobile handsets that end up in landfill.

Irish financial software companies Norkom and Trintech also each secured a significant contract with two of Australia's leading banks, National Australia Bank and ANZ Bank respectively.

Alan Dixon, Asia Pacific Director of Enterprise Ireland, said Australia was the ninth largest export market in the world for Irish companies, with 200 million euro in exports a year.

He said: "We see significant future potential across many of Ireland's key exporting sectors in Australia and will continue to focus our efforts on ensuring Irish exports continue to grow in this exciting market."