Sheffield City Region Singapore trade visit hailed a ‘huge success’

Published 20th March 2013 at 3:32pm

A trade delegation and fact finding mission of 8 Sheffield City Region (SCR) businesses has recently returned from Singapore. The visit has been hailed a ‘huge success’ and uncovered excellent opportunities for export growth in the aerospace, oil and gas sector.

The delegation, led by William Beckett, Managing Director of William Beckett Plastics and Chairman of the South Yorkshire International Trade Forum (SYITF) on behalf of SCR Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said:

“I investigated the oil & gas and aerospace industries in Singapore and was left in no doubt of the significant potential for companies in the SCR to increase their exports to Singapore and to the South East Asian region as a whole.

“Singapore is the world’s 3rd most important centre for these sectors hosting two of the most important exhibitions for this market in Asia, the Singapore Air Show and OSEA Oil and Gas Exhibition.

“These events present an excellent platform for companies in the SCR to grow their exports.

“Sheffield and England are highly regarded and trusted brands, leading steel companies from SCR are already well-established out there.

“Now is the time to maximise SCR’s presence and take advantage of our reputation.

“It is the intention of the LEP sector group, the Manufacturing Forum, to conduct detailed market research of the manufacturing companies in Singapore in order to entice SCR companies to pursue business out there.

“Further trade missions to Singapore will almost certainly result from this initiative to introduce companies to this very exciting market.”

The trip included a visit to the High Commission which David Pinder, of Sheffield based Pinder Bros, described as “excellent”.

Peter Kersh of Doncaster based New Era Acquaculture, commented:

“The evening reception at the Deputy High Commissioner’s residence was a great event and our customers from Resort World Sentosa really enjoyed it.

“We had excellent meetings with the technical and buying teams and started the long process of discussing the next contract.

“The timing of the mission was perfect for us, we were able to cement relationships, assess performance of our (fish food) diets so far and make recommendations for the future.”

Anne Wilson of Sheffield based Numill Ltd added:

“Overall the trip for Numill can be claimed a huge success.”

The trade delegation was organised in collaboration with and supported by UK Trade and Industry (UKTI), and SYITF. Other Sheffield City Region businesses who travelled to Singapore included Sheffield based Macalloy, Durham Duplex and Lightwork Design and Bradwell based Arkitectonix.