Dewsbury based firm and Chamber member, Caldervale Technology Limited, have expanded into Australasia, opening a distribution company in Perth, Western Australia.
Formed in 1992 by Paul Myers and Gordon Lilley, the company designs, manufactures and supplies a range of electro-fusion control units and tools for the joining together of plastic based distribution systems for both water and gas.
As well as supplying tooling into the UK gas and water industry, Caldervale exports to all corners of the globe. Their biggest markets are in Russia and in Australia.
The new company is called Caldertech Aust. Pty Ltd and the first batch of stock arrived at the end of October. Gordon Lilley, Managing Director, will relocate to Australia to oversee all operations until early November and Paul Myers be based there until the New Year. During this time, a further recruitment process will take place to increase the workforce.
Gordon Lilley said, "When we were reviewing our objectives for the next five years and the key areas of growth, we identified the Australasian market. Our sales into the region are already £ 500k per year, but we are greatly hampered by the six weeks it takes for the goods to get to their destination by sea freight. The only way to improve on this was either to use airfreight which is incredibly expensive given the weight of some of our products, or to set up a distribution centre in the region. As we supply tooling not only all around Australia, but into South East Asia and New Zealand, we identified Perth as the perfect place to set up our operation. "
Gordan further added "Our accountants Armstrong Watson are members of the MSI Global Alliance of accountants and law firms. Our partner at AW, Simon Palmer initiated contact with Perth based accountant Alec Blacklaw of McKinley Plowman. Alec is the MSI area representative for Australia and New Zealand. To have this link between our accountants in the UK and in Australian is invaluable. Alec has been great for us. He knows some good people there and it is reassuring having someone there who we know we can rely on.
Armstrong Watson Leeds Partner Simon Palmer said, "Caldervale have made a bold move in what could have been seen as a "risky" venture into Australia. We actively encourage our clients looking to grow their business to look at the global market and Armstrong Watson’s association with MSI Global enabled us to put a trusted expert in front of Caldervale to provide the high level of service they expect from us resulting in an exciting expansion."
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