Sterling Oil set for ‘breakthrough’ export boost to Iraqi market

12 June 2017


A Yorkshire company is set to export blended oils to one of the world’s biggest oil producing countries after seeking help from overseas trade specialist, Chamber International.

Sterling Oil Ltd, Huddersfield, is to start selling its wide range of commercial oils to Iraq, after Chamber International completed its verification and registration to trade with the Iraqi government.

Director Martin Adams (pictured below) said: “The registration is a major breakthrough which has the potential to drive significant growth within the business for years ahead. Being able to trade in Iraq, a major oil-producing nation, crucially opens the door for other companies within our group to trade there.

Sterling Oil set to sell oil to Iraq thanks  to help from Chamber International

“It is difficult to say what this means to Sterling Oil in terms of revenue as it depends how much we sell. However, given that our oils are blended to meet the needs of a wide range of commercial sectors, from automotive to heavy and light industry, we could easily achieve £5m in additional sales in the next few years.

“To enable us to trade in Iraq we had to compile detailed information for both the UK and Iraq governments about Sterling Oil Ltd.  It is highly complex and the fact that Lydia Moi at Chamber International did this successfully in less than two weeks is virtually unbelievable. She did a fantastic job which will have real and lasting impact on this business.”

Sterling Oil Ltd, which was founded in 2015, has four staff, a turnover of £500,000 and already exports to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  The company is part of Huddersfield-based Universal Group of companies, run by Yorkshire businessman, Martin Adams, which has 90 staff and a total turnover of £7 million.

The Universal Group encompasses eight companies: Sterling Global Group, HR Blowers Ltd, Turbo Precision Components Ltd, Universal Engineering Workholding Ltd, Exactobore International Limited, Friction Welding Systems, Mastercraft Machine Tools Ltd and Sterile Food Pharma Valve Company Ltd.

Chamber International director, Tim Bailey, says: “Being able to sell blended oil back to the Middle East is no mean feat and demonstrates the excellence of some UK businesses and the opportunities which exist overseas. It is also good to see more and more Yorkshire small businesses looking beyond the EU as we seek to become a true global trading nation.”

Chamber International helps hundreds of new and experienced exporters with a wide range of specialist services to make exporting easier and more cost effective each year and is exclusively partnered with London headquartered global testing organisation, Intertek, to assist with a wide range of issues including product conformity.


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