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Equipment firm wins Saudi deal

An equipment company in Co Armagh has won a contract to supply one of the biggest oil refinery projects in Saudi Arabia.

Rapid International in Tandragee, which employs 50 people, will supply a concrete production plant to the refinery in Jubail, in the eastern province of the country.

The deal follows Invest NI trade missions to the region, which featured Rapid. It is the most recent in a series of contracts which the company has secured in the market over the last few months.

Sales and marketing director Jarlath Gilmore said: "Saudi Arabia has become a terrific market for us over the past few months and is now repaying our investment of time and finance there over many years. It has taken time, perseverance and commitment.

"We are now benefiting from the time invested in finding a good distributor, Al-Kifah Contracting Company in Dammam, and in building a strong relationship with this business.

"This has included extensive staff training and technical and promotional support that focused on the special features of our machinery."

He said the company was also looking at other high growth markets like Brazil and Russia.

Invest NI trade director Dr Vicky Kell said: "Rapid International continues to experience impressive growth in Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East because of the strength of its commitment to this hugely important and growing marketplace.

"The company has made extensive use of our trade mission programme to gain experience in the market, to create a network of high quality contacts, including a first rate distributor, and to develop the operating flexibility to enable it to respond quickly and effectively to the specifications of individual customers."