Posted on Wednesday 18 February 2015 by Ulster Business

Downpatrick company bags business in Iraq

Pictured (L – R) are Ciaran McMenamin, Lignum Interiors, Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI, and Simon McAllister, Lignum Interiors. Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

 

A Downpatrick joinery company has bagged a ‘six figure contract’ to supply its bespoke furniture to a firm in Northern Iraq.

Lignum Interiors from the town is currently fitting out a luxury apartment complex in the region for a team of architects in what is the company’s first deal in the Middle East.

“The contract at the complex is exceptionally important for us at this stage in our development as an internationally focused supplier of bespoke joinery services,” said Ciaran McMenamin, who founded the business along with Simon McAllister.

“We secured the business on the back of the successful completion of contracts, particularly in the US, for a leading architectural practice. Their office in the Middle East approached us to work with them on the design, manufacture and installation of furnishings for the luxury apartment complex.

He said the development is high end.

“It’s an immensely prestigious complex that along with bespoke items of furniture and joinery work has involved extensive glass and marble features. There will be benefits for another local company, Lamont Stone, which will supply the marble.”

Invest NI helped the company secure the deal with advice and networking assistance.

“This is a very significant and substantial contract which will help to strengthen Lignum Interior’s position in this particular region of Iraq and, of course, the wider Middle East marketplace,” Invest NI’s trade director said. “Our marketing teams in Belfast and Dubai assisted the company with advice and very practical support on doing business especially in this area.”

“We identified market opportunities in this region of the Middle East around five years ago and have been supported by the Ministers in fostering trade and other exchanges with the local regional authority. Leaders from Northern Iraq have also visited Northern Ireland for discussions on areas of mutual benefit.”

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