Senior staff from German cleaning products manufacturer, Calvatis GmbH, Ladenburg, flew to West Yorkshire on 27 June after the UK’s EU Referendum exit decision was announced, to start exploratory talks about setting up a joint enterprise with Normanton-based Proton Group.
The possible deal could see Calvatis GmbH, which manufactures cleaning and disinfection products, and industrial hygiene management systems, establish a trading base in Yorkshire in return for the Proton Group gaining a trading platform in Germany.
Proton Group managing director, Murray Angus, a Chamber International export ambassador, says: “Calvatis has a network of trading partners in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and South Africa and, as they do not have a UK presence, approached us with a view to forming a trade partnership, so they may establish a market in the UK for their products and offer a trading platform for us in Germany.
“We are already active in Europe in but recognise there is a lot more potential for us there. As we have a reputation for the production and supply of high-quality products, Calvatis’ approach was not a surprise, even though we knew them before this.
“This is evidence that, in spite of the Brexit vote, UK-EU trade, can continue, hopefully as close to before as possible. The attitude of our two businesses is that it is ‘business as usual’.”
Speaking from Germany, Calvatis GmbH export sales director, Hans Graumans, said: “The UK is an important country where our key customers have their production plants and, when we want to supply these key customers, we need to have also access to the UK market.
“The UK Brexit vote was a surprise, and will give some extra hurdles, but we still believe in trade possibilities with the UK as we have partners in other countries with difficult circumstances for trading.”
Tim Bailey, director of Chamber International, added: "Exporters are, by nature, pretty resilient and ingenious people, used to overcoming obstacles. News of the talks between Proton Group and Calvitis GmbH epitomises this and demonstrates that EU countries remain keen to trade with the UK."
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