Airedale establishes new ‘gateway’ in Middle East

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A YORKSHIRE business which fought back after suffering a devastating fire has established a base in the Middle East.

Air conditioning manufacturer Airedale International has opened an office at Dubai Airport’s Freezone, as part of its global expansion plans.

The launch event, which follows the opening of Airedale’s base in Moscow last year, was attended by more than 40 customers and international business partners from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and further afield.

The guests were joined by Karen Williams, deputy director of the UKTI (UK Trade & Investment), at the British Embassy in Dubai, who has provided advice to Airedale.

An Airedale spokesman said: “With the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar, and Dubai named as the venue for the 2020 World Expo, the third largest global event, anticipated spending on infrastructure of around 150bn U

S dollars over the coming years is expected to kick start an era of significant economic growth in the Middle East.”

Airedale’s managing director, Clive Parkman, said: “We were delighted to be able to welcome so many of our partners from the region, and to pool our ideas about the considerable business opportunities that exist in the area. The significant investment that the region will see over the next few years will have a very positive impact on Airedale’s business, as we are called on to design and supply cooling systems to support data centre, communications and other infrastructure needs as the region scales up to meet increasing demand.

The timing is perfect and will play a major role in helping us achieve our significant growth plans and cement our position within the global marketplace.” Fire tore through Airedale’s factory in Rawdon, near Leeds, in September last year.

Staff at the firm have rolled their sleeves up and continued working at a temporary site, and bosses expect to return to their old home within the next 18 months.

Airedale, which was founded in 1974, employs more than 425 staff globally, and is part of the Modine Manufacturing Company, which specialises in thermal management technology.

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