This Spring and Summer we had been planning to visit a number of high profile events and seminars around the world, including the Offshore Technology Conference in the US, where we were to present our technology to experts in the energy and petrochemical sector.
Lockdown put a stop to our travel plans but thankfully we have still been forging new global relationships, as we prepare to introduce our latest product innovations to the oil, gas and chemical industries.
We have been hosting video calls with global distributors after our busy schedule of worldwide meetings and exhibitions was put on hold by the coronavirus.
There is huge interest in our technology due to the significant cost and environmental benefits which means we have still been able to engage with potential partners and distributors around the world, albeit virtually.
This comes after being given the green light to test our newly designed products, thanks to a £173K funding deal from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.
These products have been designed to drastically reduce the time taken to perform critical loading operations without spillage, compared to traditional coupling methods. The reduced number of parts improves safety and efficiency by eliminating spills.
The new couplings will be tested over the coming months at two of the UK’s top testing facilities, the National Engineering Laboratory in Glasgow and National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, ready for launch early next year.
Over the coming months we will be strengthening the relationships we have been building through video conferencing, sharing live data from the testing labs with our prospective international distributors and preparing to push ahead with an ambitious export strategy in 2021.
We expect to announce a number of strategic global partnerships this year which will support our plans to increase turnover and create new engineering jobs in the North.
You can read some of the press coverage about our global growth plans here: https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/yorkshire/news/2055559-engineering-firm-poised-for-growth-despite-lockdown