Please provide a company background including when it was established, where it is located, how many staff you employ etc.
NAAS Corporation Ltd was established in 1998, initially specialising in automotive air-conditioning services. Over the years we have expanded, now also providing training and export services, as well as our ProAir product range. Our specialist team of 6 staff is based in Leicester.
Please provide an overview of the products and services offered and areas of specialisation.
NAAS is a well-resourced and full-service oil & gas sector supply company serving the regional Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Projects and Industry. Our clients include major Oil and Gas companies, projects, refineries and contractors in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa; supplying line pipes, valves, pumps and parts, tools and equipment.
We are specialists in the supply and support of innovative test and service products for vehicle air conditioning maintenance and repair; alongside providing full training and advice. Here at NAAS we are a City & Guilds training centre, offering 'Safe Handling Refrigerant certificate' and courses for beginners and advanced training on Mobile air conditioning.
How did you find out about emita and what benefits do you find the most valuable?
We first found out about EMITA through UKTI, and since joining have benefited from networking with the other members. It has provided a platform for sharing experiences and useful tips concerning international trade. The invaluable knowledge provided by guest speakers at events is always informative and relevant to helping our business grow and develop.
How long has your company been active in the export / import market and which countries do you currently trade with?
We have been a part of the international trading market for 4 years now, having explored and targeted the UK market, we were looking for new opportunities and areas to expand; trading overseas provided the perfect answer. We trade with countries in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, however the main focus of our trade is with Libya, but have also traded extensively with other North African countries.
What has been your biggest exporting / importing challenge?
Some of the biggest challenges arise when a customer decides to change the purchasing order after placing it, as it requires time and effort to rectify, which can prove costly to the business. Another challenge we face is the ability to raise sufficient finances to meet our ever growing export sales.
What’s the most helpful piece of international trade advice you have received?
Working closely with one of the UKTI’s trading advisors has continually provided us with valuable knowledge and advice to help our business flourish.
What does the future hold? Any particular markets you are looking to target next?
Having gained experience over the last 4 years, it has given us the confidence to do bigger and better things. In the future we are especially keen to trade with other oil producing countries in Africa.