A COMPANY is celebrating this week after securing a £1.5 million contract with China which will create 30 new jobs.
The deal will provide work for the factory at Marston Agricultural Services well into 2013.
The contract was signed after a MAS delegation visited the Henan province in China to meet a farming co-operative who agreed - after two days of intense negotiations - to purchase tri-axle diesel fuel tankers and 14-tonne agricultural dump trailers for the transportation of soya beans.
Chris Owen, MAS UK and Export Sales Manager, said: “We went out to China to meet them face-to-face and shook their hand. With this size of contract it was certainly worth the visit.”
MAS is a family owned business headed by Managing Director Dennis Green and his son Adrian Green.
Dennis said: “It is certainly the biggest export deal we have struck by far.
“It’s fantastic news and with a second company coming in there is big potential for the future.”
A second organisation in China has also shown strong interest in working with MAS, with initial discussions having taken place for a contract worth £500,000 - potentially taking the company’s China dealings beyond the £2 million mark.
The company puts its success down to a new targeted approach to exports and the success of the company website in giving MAS a worldwide profile.
The company now sees almost a third of its total sales via exports, including contracts in Belgium and New Zealand.
Chris said: “The export market is considerably growing, giving us a market beyond the exhausted UK market.”
The extra work will see MAS increase its workforce by 25 per cent. The company is looking forward to a busy summer with Chinese delegates set to visit in July and trailers due to be sent out to New Zealand in June.
Mr Green added: “The way the economy is it’s good to look elsewhere and creating extra jobs is great for the Grantham area.”
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