Queensland exporter Wagners CFT will have the honour of making the flagpoles that mark the VIP entrance to the Australian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The Toowoomba company will fabricate 3 composite-fibre flagpoles that will fly Australia’s official flags: the Australian national flag, the Australian Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag.

The collaboration evolved from TIQ Middle East introducing the Wagners CFT (Composite Fibre Technology) team to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, who are managing the Australian Pavilion.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Middle East Donna Massie said making the flagpoles was a special honour for the well-known Toowoomba company.

‘Several months ago we became aware that flagpoles were required for the Australian Pavilion, so we approached Wagners CFT for a discussion,’ Ms Massie said.

‘The company already produces composite-fibre bridges, jetties and light poles so we were keen to know if they could also manufacture flagpoles.

‘They said they could, so we made the necessary introductions and now Wagners CFT will be a part of World Expo history.

‘Their participation will assist them in making further construction contacts in the Middle East and raise their profile here, so it’s a great outcome all round.’

Under the contract, Wagners will supply the flagpoles on a ‘value in kind’ basis, with the Australian Pavilion reciprocating by supplying contacts, introductions and media coverage to the value of the flag poles.

Executive General Manager for Wagners CFT Michael Kemp welcomed the announcement and said the company was excited to contribute to another landmark project in the Middle East.

‘Around 6 months ago we completed our first major Middle East project, supplying and installing the Jubail Island Mangrove Boardwalk in Abu Dhabi,’ he said.

‘We’re very pleased to now have another memorable project to work on, and we’re very grateful to the TIQ team in Abu Dhabi for making the right introductions at the right time to make it happen.’

Expo 2020 Dubai has been rescheduled due to COVID-19 and is now due to run from October 2021 to March 2022.

TIQ is continuing to work with Wagners CFT to explore further opportunities in the Middle East.

If you have an export product you think could succeed in the Middle East, connect with TIQ today.

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