January 6, 2020 @ 16:41 by Richard Dawson
A Durham-based lighting manufacturer is playing its part to deliver cultural change in none other than Saudi Arabia.
The Kingdom’s Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, recently lifted a 35-year ban, which restricted cinemas from operating in the country.
This has led to a flurry of overseas investment with over £2 billion expected to be poured into the Saudi entertainment industry over the next 12 months.
Artech Lighting has landed an export deal to supply lighting solutions to a global leisure operator, tasked with constructing dozens of state-of-the-art cinemas across the country.
The company is just one of a host of overseas developers and suppliers trying to gain a foothold in the recently liberalised sector.
Artech will fit out the initial developments with its linear LED illuminated Steplight solution as well as a number of bespoke products designed specifically for the client.
Stuart Hylton, managing director of Artech Lighting, said: “This is yet another great export win for Artech and we’re delighted to have been named as a preferred lighting supplier for the group’s Saudi developments.
“Over the last two years, we’ve worked hard to establish a reputation for ourselves as a trusted, UK supplier with sustainability at our core and this latest contract win is testament to the hard work that each and every one of our employees has put in to achieving that.
“As a true UK manufacturer, everything we produce is designed, developed and assembled at our plant in Durham and this has played a huge role in our success, especially in terms of increasing our export activity.
“British manufacturing is revered worldwide for its skilled workforce, commitment to innovation and excellent quality and we’re proud that each of our products are stamped with the ‘Made in Britain’ marque.”