Abbey Group’s stand stand at the festival, which is organised by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and which runs at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre until the end of the month, “caught the eye of a Chinese delegation from Dalian Jinpu New Area, the province that Liverpool recently signed a memorandum of understanding with,” according to a report in the Liverpool Echo.
“This has led to a deal with one of China’s largest private banks, which will involve it purchasing Securablinds products and having them produced under licence,” said the report.
Abbey Group currently produces the hi-tech protective blinds at its Knowsley factory. Aside from providing security against forced entry for windows and doors, the blinds can also provide protection against the blast of a 500kg bomb.
Brian Wilkins, Securablinds inventor, said, “It’s a great feeling to be able to be in your home city, the city where your product is manufactured, and be able to show it off to a global audience.
“After signing the memorandum of understanding with Liverpool, the Chinese delegation passed our stand and had an immediate interest in our products.
“They said they had never seen anything like it, which I would say is an absolute testament to British engineering innovation. From that moment we were in conversation with senior figures at one of the largest private banks in China.