Kells Stainless Enters Strategic Alliance with Turkish Engineering firm UMDE
10th April 2013
Meath based Kells Stainless Limited and Turkish Engineering Company UMDE announced today (Wednesday 10 April 2013) that they have signed a strategic alliance agreement. The agreement covers the development of a Bio Mass system to convert bio degradable waste to high grade fertiliser, and nutrients for power generation. The announcement was made during an Enterprise Ireland trade mission of 25 companies to Turkey, led by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Eamon Gilmore T.D.
A pilot plant is now at the advanced planning stage, and will bring together technology developed by Kells and UMDE. The pilot plant will showcase the system and commercial benefits to the agricultural, dairy and bio degradable waste sectors initially in Turkey and Ireland. A number of people will be involved in the project in Ireland and in Turkey, with plans to increase employment significantly as the project is developed and gains momentum.
Welcoming the agreement the Tánaiste said: “Kells Stainless has built up an enviable reputation for excellence in engineering from its base in Ireland. This agreement allows Kells to increase its reach into a fast growing region with an excellent local partner, and is good for the growth of jobs both in Ireland and Turkey. It is hugely encouraging to see what companies like Kells Stainless have achieved in Turkey, confirming just how significant the opportunities are for ambitious Irish companies to do business in this growing and thriving market”.
Speaking after the signing, Kells Stainless MD, John McKeon said: “This is a great combination of both our companies’ talents and expertise in developing this process, and will have great benefits to both our countries”.
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Engineering contracting company involved in process technologies. The company has an electro-mechanical team of over 400 employees, of which 29 are BS – MS Engineers. UMDE has two manufacturing facilities in Adapazari, Turkey measuring over 11,000m2 in total. They export extensively to the Middle East and North Africa.
Kells Stainless is a leading fabricator of high quality stainless steel pressure vessels and associated equipment for the pharmaceutical, biotech, food and beverage industries. Celebrating 25 years in the industry this year, the company has continued to grow, and now employs over 70 people at its fabrication facility in Kells, Co. Meath.
With Turkey being strategically located to benefit from its long standing trading links with the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa, the Kells/UMDE alliance is well placed to benefit from the growing investment in Pharma projects, R&D, Bio degradable waste recycling and energy, together with the increasing demand in FMCG production capacity.