Wales’ relations with the Middle East

Filed on November 10, 2019

Welsh businesses to attend ADIPEC 2019 during trade mission to the UAE

On November 9, 2019, a delegation of 21 businesses will arrive in the UAE as part of a week-long trade mission from Wales.

The companies, which are prime examples of the best Wales has to offer from across the energy and environment, technology and manufacturing sectors, will be attending the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) 2019.

12 of the trade mission businesses will be exhibiting on the Wales stand (8560) at the conference, which is part of the wider UK Pavilion in hall 8. ADIPEC is taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from November 11 to 14.  

Commenting on the mission, Welsh Government Minister for international relations, Eluned Morgan, said, “Wales has a rich history of innovation and a thriving culture of enterprise, which we look forward to showcasing throughout this trade mission to the UAE. The quality and number of businesses we’re supporting on the trade mission reflects the strength and depth of Wales’ energy and environment, technology and advanced manufacturing industries, and ADIPEC 2019 will provide an ideal platform to highlight what these twenty-one companies have to offer. With its dynamic, rapidly growing and open market, the UAE is an important trade partner for Wales and strengthening ties between our two nations is a priority for the Welsh government.”

“As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that Wales’ diverse industries continue to flourish and grow, we remain fully committed to selling Wales to the world. This trade mission is a valuable opportunity to highlight that Wales is very much open for business and keen to further develop its trading relationship with the UAE,” she concluded.

Strengthening bilateral ties

The Welsh government has had a presence in the UAE since 2004, when it opened a permanent office at the British Embassy in Dubai. Its remit is to promote Wales and represent the nation’s trade interests across the whole Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The importance of the MENA Office’s operation has been underlined by the high value of Welsh exports to the markets it oversees. Between 2013 and 2018, exports of goods from Wales to the region reached a cumulative total of £5.8 billion ($7.4 billion), while the UAE was Wales’ seventh-largest export destination in 2018 (a total of £498 million, or $638.8 million) and second only to the USA out of all non-EU markets.

The Welsh delegation

The Welsh businesses exhibiting at ADIPEC include:

  • C&P Engineering Services: Specialists in high quality HV and LV electrical, instrumentation, control and design engineering solutions
  • Cokebusters: Leading company in the mechanical decoking and associated inspection of fired heater process tubes
  • Elmac Technologies: Specialists in flame arresters and pressure relief valves
  • ESI Technology: Leading manufacturer of pressure transducers and pressure transmitters
  • Flamgard Calidair: Fire damper and blast damper specialists
  • Holyhead Towing Company: Fleet operator of modern, shallow draft and versatile vessels used in support of the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy
  • Huntingdon Fusion Techniques: World leaders in gas weld purging techniques
  • Reid Lifting: Leading designer and manufacturer of innovative lifting frames and systems
  • Tritech Group: Provider of fully-integrated manufacturing solutions
  • Wall Colmonoy: Advanced materials manufacturing company with world-class metallurgical technical capabilities
  • Wrexham Mineral Cables: Leading manufacturer of fire-resistant mineral insulated cables
  • Zulu Joint Integrity: Specialist joint integrity management services provider
  • Concrete Canvas: Manufacturer of GCCM (geosynthetic cementitious composite mat), the recently launched, revolutionary containment product
  • Control Systems Services: Supplier of control and monitoring systems to industrial end-users and OEMs
  • Imtex Controls: Specialists in the production and supply of advanced, high integrity valve actuation, communication and control systems
  • Insite Technical Services: Engineering company with expertise in design, project management, consultancy and operational services
  • Site Heat — Treatment Services: Specialist service provider in thermal engineering and heat treatment
  • The British Rototherm Company: Leading manufacturer of process instruments for the measurement of temperature, pressure, flow, density and level
  • Tomoe Valve: Global leader in the production of high quality and technically advanced butterfly valves, actuators and control systems
  • UK Steel Exports: Highly experienced exporters of engineering materials
  • Unit Birwelco: International engineering and construction contractor and thermal equipment manufacturer


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