ESCS has sent its self-designed ES300 TL system for demonstrations with a major oil and gas company based in the Chinese city of Qingdao.
The Chinese firm are now in talks about ordering 10 of the innovative machines in a deal worth £250,000.
Manufacturers of specialist corrosion control and spray application equipment, ESCS already counts major oil and gas operators in Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and Azerbaijan among its customers but managing director Shaun McDonald believes the unique ES300 TL could revolutionise the fire protection industry.
From its new premises on South Tees Freight Park, ESCS already manufactures and exports the ES430, a larger applicator of passive fire protection, but produced the smaller, faster version on request from its Chinese customer.
Devised by McDonald, ESCS invested £27,000 into the research, design and planning of the machine, with manufacturing support from Middlesbrough firms, Teesside Precision Engineering and Donoghue Engineering.
He said: "I knew it would do a job, as it will reduce the set-up time and application process on smaller jobs by at least two thirds, but it far surpassed even my own high expectations during the testing.
"This is a real innovation because it will save so much time. There is nothing like this on the market so I think these machines will fly off the shelf once people out there know about it.
"We’re now talking about a potential export order for 10 machines worth £250,000 with a single customer, but China is a big potential growth area for us.
Having added two full-time staff to its increase its team to seven over the past 18 months, ESCS is now looking to recruit an apprentice, but it remains committed to a future on Teesside. McDonald said: "This is my area – I love creating jobs here and passing work on locally wherever I can.
"I believe in investing here on Teesside. There is a higher standard of engineering and skills here and the service is second to none."