Trade mission success

Abergower expansion plan after Barbados deal

Scottish trade mission in Barbados
Mission accomplished

Digital scanning specialist Abergower is looking to expand throughout the Caribbean following a successful Scottish trade mission to Barbados.

Supported by Invest Barbados, the Glasgow-based firm has partnered with an oral health care provider on the island to supply dental 3D printers, scanners and software.

Robin Prior, managing director of Abergower, said: “The partnership agreement we have signed builds on last year’s mission, where we were able to see that Barbados could take full advantage of considerable expertise we have in converting paper-based documents to searchable digital content. 

“We are supporting digital dentistry in Barbados through providing 3D printers and scanners, and promote the idea of dental tourism and also exploring the potential to use this as a base to expand further into the rest of the Caribbean.” 

The mission was established to set up a direct exporting route to the Caribbean island from Scotland and is already bearing fruit with manufacturing, training and education among the areas to benefit.

Abergower, which also has offices in Edinburgh, is one of three companies which has been incorporated and working towards commencing operations in Barbados, while others are nearing the final stages of the incorporation process.

The City of Glasgow College is currently in talks regarding setting up maritime training courses on the island, while Glasgow-based Isocon Engineering has delivered a commitment from the CEO of Export Barbados to produce butanol, used as a solvent and a component of hydraulic and brake fluids, from waste produced in the rum industry. 

Renfrewshire firm A1 Training International, which delivers health and safety training, is in the process of arranging courses with Barbados Community College and the National Transformation Initiative.

The mission was organised by the island’s investment promotion agency, Invest Barbados, the agency supporting the nation’s exporters, and included involvement by the British High Commission, the Renfrewshire Business Network of Scotland, the Department for International Trade (DIT), and Export Barbados.

Jo Smith of the Renfrewshire Business Network said: “Scotland boasts many links with Barbados, and I am pleased to see these being strengthened between our two nations through this mission, with deals being struck and agreements made to progress discussions further.”

Kaye-Anne Greenidge, CEO of Invest Barbados, added: “It is fantastic to see so many deals being struck, including in niche manufacturing and dental tourism, highlighting the many opportunities that exist on the island.”

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