TEESPORT bosses have flown out to Asia to help identify potential customers and partners to take advantage of rapidly growing economies.
PD Ports chief executive David Robinson and business development director Geoff Lippitt will tour the continent for eight days, spending three days in Japan and five days in Hong Kong.
This marks the first in a series of planned visits to Asia to discuss the evolution of port-centric logistics.
The visits will also highlight infrastructure investments PD Ports has made over the last two years.
This includes the £16.7m invested to upgrade the container handling facilities at Teesport to service the growing volume of containerised goods coming through the port.
Robinson said: “Asia is the start of PD Ports’ supply chain for many imports and understanding trends is very important, as is awareness of any associated export opportunities.
“Teesport is well placed to make a material difference to supply-chain markets and we are looking to build on our existing platform to position the North East, and in particular the Tees Valley, as a leading centre for UK logistics.
“This is the first in a series of visits to Asia, to meet with our customers and their partners to promote inward investment and further support economic growth in the region.”
The visit has been organised with the support of UK Trade & Investment and Jonathan Gamblin, international trade adviser for medium-sized businesses.
He said: “UKTI hopes the success of companies such as PD Ports will help inspire others to take up the export for growth challenge and this week we’re hosting a series of events across the region as part of national Export Week to help companies find out how they can export and access the wide range of support that is available.”