Latin America is a hot bed of business

Maurice Patterson, Invest Northern Ireland, with Con Gallagher, Anaconda Equipment International's Sales Director''.'Photo by Simon Graham/Harrisons
Maurice Patterson, Invest Northern Ireland, with Con Gallagher, Anaconda Equipment International's Sales Director''.'Photo by Simon Graham/Harrisons

* A Northern Ireland company is digging deep into exports in Latin America. Adrienne McGill reports****

A Cookstown based company has won significant business in South America for its innovative machinery.

Anaconda Equipment International scooped the contract in Columbia to supply its mobile conveying equipment to a new client in Bogota for use in mining operations outside the nation’s capital city.

Details of the new business were released at the start of a recent Invest NI trade mission to the Columbia and Chile. Eleven Northern Ireland companies took part in the mission which was based in Lima and Bogota last week.

Established in 2005, Anaconda Equipment International, located near Ardboe, employs around 40 people in the design, manufacture and distribution worldwide of a range of mobile screening for the mining, quarry and recycling industries.

Its equipment can be found working in New Zealand, Australia, India, Africa, Middle East, Europe and North and South America including Bolivia and Panama.

Con Gallagher, Anaconda Equipment International’s Sales Director, said: “Columbia is proving to be an important market for us because of the Government’s commitment to upgrade its infrastructure to drive growth throughout the country. “We’d been researching several markets in Latin America and other parts of the world and saw significant opportunities in Columbia. Invest NI has been very supportive and has provided a range of advice and practical support for our marketing and business development activities, including trade missions to our target markets.

“As one of Latin America’s largest oil producers, Columbia has the resources to invest in infrastructure. This offers good business opportunities for our equipment which can be shipped easily because of its unique design that enables the machinery to fit into a conventional container.

“Our success in Columbia and other international markets is the outcome of careful research into potential business partners prepared to devote the time and other essential resources to the marketing of our equipment and our business interests,” he added.

This is the latest in a series of export success for the company. In June the firm won a £200,000 contract to supply materials handling machinery to one of Chile’s biggest copper mines. It followed the company’s participation in then ConExpo show for the quarrying, mining and materials handling industry in Las Vegas.

At the time, Maurice Patterson, Invest NI Trade Development Services said:

“Anaconda’s success in Chile is an excellent example of the quality of business that can result from participation in major international trade shows such as ConExpo. This is a market-driven company that has benefited from a range of Invest NI trade and other services and is continuing to grow strongly.”

Speaking about Anaconda’s achievements Invest Northern Ireland Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton said:

“This is an immensely encouraging development by this export-driven company which is using our trade development services very effectively to become a global player in materials handling.

“Anaconda International has been quick to spot the business potential developing in markets throughout Latin and South America, winning won contracts in Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Panama. Its commitment to faster growth through sales, especially outside the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the development of highly innovative machinery that’s easily transported to markets worldwide is delivering great results.

“Columbia is among a group of rapidly developing markets in South America. The area offers extensive business opportunities for local companies especially in industries such as construction, materials handling, engineering, life sciences and ICT. This trade mission will be an excellent opportunity for businesses to explore the opportunities available and hopefully achieve the same success as Anaconda.”

Columbia has a stable economy that has been consistently achieving GDP growth of around six per cent aided by strong oil revenues.

The Northern Ireland companies who took part in the Invest NI trade mission to Chile and Columbia included:

AJ Power, Craigavon – electricity generating sets

CDEnviro, Cookstown – recycling machinery

CEM Systems, Belfast – Security systems

Edge Innovate, Dungannon – recycling machinery

Greenfields Ireland, Belfast – dairy marketing

Hawthorne Proactive, Belfast – security and risk management consultancy

Mallaghan Engineering, Dungannon – airport ground support equipment

Maximus Crushing and Screening, Coalisland – crushing and screening machinery

Sepha, Dundonald – packaging machinery

Telestack, Omagh – materials handling machinery

Ulster Weavers, Belfast – textiles and apparel fabrics and products.