21st Feb 2012 - Gael get business boost in the Middle East
East Kilbride based software and technology experts, Gael, has expanded the company’s representation in the Middle East by signing a new partnership agreement with US supply chain solutions giants, Inventory Locator Service (ILS).
The new deal, which is understood to be worth £500,000 annually, will see Gael represent and promote the ILS operation with clients across the Middle East region and will create new jobs in both the Middle East and in Scotland.
The partnership will give ILS an expanded reach in the rapidly developing market, with Gael extending its role as an already established local expert to assist with aviation, defence and marine supply chain management, safety and compliance solutions.
Gael has an already established operation in Dubai servicing the aviation marketplace in the region and has a wide range of customers utilising the company’s Q-Pulse software application to manage Aviation Safety and Quality Management.
Gael CEO, Ashley Marron, said the company was likely to increase staff numbers by five as a result of the new agreement and felt the move was right for both companies involved.
“We are delighted to have been selected by ILS to represent them in the GCC region. It is an exciting opportunity for all involved as the ILS product offerings are complementary to ours and of significant interest within the marketplace in which we currently operate.”
ILS has provided information via its global electronic marketplace to enable customers in the aerospace, defence and marine industries to buy and sell parts, equipment and services since 1979. There are more than 5 billion parts listed, 60,000 customer accesses and 22,000 subscribers everyday on the ILS electronic marketplace.
Don Wilson, vice president at ILS said the new partnership was the latest step in their move to build on the company’s successful client relationships in the Gulf region.
“For more than 25 years, the Gulf has been an area of growth for ILS,” he said. “Our new relationship with Gael will allow more continued direct contact and timely support for our clients in the region, including Etihad, Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies, Qatar Airways and Kuwait Airways.”
Gael was established by Donald Maciver in East Kilbride in 1992 and has grown turnover since that time to more than £8 million. The company recently announced a new Q-Pulse/iPad deal with the General Civil Aviation Authority in the United Arab Emirates at the Dubai Air Show.