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Project Qatar sets NSW companies for success

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A number of New South Wales companies are set for success after participating in a major trade exhibition in the Middle East. Supported by the NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services, the companies showcased their products and services at Project Qatar in Doha, with total sales for these companies expected to be worth more than $4 million over the next 12 months. Executive director of International Markets, Kylie Hargreaves highlighted the importance of the trade exhibition in developing export opportunities in the growing Middle East market. "Qatar itself is a growing market with the government planning to invest almost US$100 billion over the next 12 years in infrastructure expansion projects including rail, air and road links," she explained. "Project Qatar is the ideal opportunity for the companies to promote themselves in the Middle East-it is one of the region’s leading annual exhibitions covering all construction sectors, from architecture and engineering to manufacturing and interior designing," she said. The NSW Department of Trade and Investment assisted the companies to exhibit, network and take part in business matching. "Our support for the NSW companies at Project Qatar is part of our program to help companies win business in international markets, earn export dollars and employ more people back home," Hargreaves said. The 12 NSW companies involved in Project Qatar were ADIS Automatic Doors, Austral Bricks, Hycast, Irrigation & Water Technologies, Jayline, LAF Group, Nupress, Oldfields Advance Scaffolding, Sekisui Foam International, Starena Australia, Stormtech and Worley Parsons. Chief technical officer of Irrigation & Water Technologies at Rouse Hill David Hinton says the exhibition fostered opportunities to reach new potential clients. As a result of participating in Project Qatar, we have appointed an agent for the Middle East and our system has been approved in Abu Dhabi by the municipal government," he said. "We also have a lot of inquiries to follow up-from small to very sizeable projects."

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