Wearside firm sows the seeds for export growth

A Wearside firm specialising in water storing polymer technology and applications for the environmental protection and horticulture industries has been sowing the seeds for export growth with the help of UKTI.

Agricultural Polymers International, in Bournmoor and nearby Chester-le-Street, pioneered the development and appropriate use of superabsorbent water storing polymers in horticulture and has been supplying customers for more than 25 years.

Keen to look at new markets for its Broadleaf P4 range of water storing granules and other polymer products in environmental protection, horticulture and other applications, the company sought the advice and support of UKTI.

In the past three years, with the support of UKTI’s Gateway to Global Growth (G3) initiative and the Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) it has secured a host of new business in overseas markets including Palestine, Indonesia, South Africa and Abu Dhabi. And the company has now set its sights on Mauritius and India.

Paul Griffin, Director at Agricultural Polymers International Ltd, explained:

“The support we’ve had from UKTI has really helped us to grow the business in additional overseas markets at a much faster rate than we could have hoped.

“We’re now looking at commissioning an OMIS report for India to help identify key contacts in both the private sector and local government.”

“Our recent environment award, presented at the Houses of Parliament, as a ‘Green Hero’ company with the international endorsement and recognition that brings should help with the OMIS and other UKTI action we have ongoing to enable further export growth.”

Chris Simpson, one of UK Trade & Investment’s International Trade Advisers, said:

“Agricultural Polymers International Ltd is a world leader in the development of water storing polymers which have many uses, not just horticulture. We’re delighted to have been able to support the company in its growth, helping identify and access a string of new markets.

“Its success has proved once again that the North East has what it takes to compete on the world stage and I hope it will inspire others to follow in its footsteps and take up the export for growth challenge.”


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Agricultural Polymers International

Gateway to Global Growth

Overseas Market Introduction Service

Sectors: Agriculture, Horticulture & Fisheries, Chemicals, Energy, Environment & Water, and Metals, Minerals & Materials
Countries: Indonesia, North East England, South Africa, and United Arab Emirates
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