Angus Business Man to Deliver Whisky Distillery to China

A Forfar-based businessman is delivering a new whisky distillery from Moray to China.

More than 35 tonnes of equipment is being shipped out from Buckie to the Chinese port of Tianjin before arriving at Ordos.

Inner Mongolia’s first whisky distillery in Ordos is around 350 miles west of the capital Beijing.

David Valentine, managing director of Valentine International Business Connections, has a lucrative “design and build” contract for the distillery constructed for Chinese firm MengTai.

The original plan was to have the new distillery producing its first batch of malt whisky by the end of 2020.

The Covid-19 pandemic created logistical problems but the project is back on track for completion at the end of 2021.

MengTai has already begun construction of the distillery buildings.

The firm is preparing to assemble the equipment on on site with supervision from a team of five engineers from Forsyths.

Mr Valentine said: “We contacted Forsyths of Rothes in Morayshire for the design and build of the distillery production equipment.  It has built over 300 projects around the world and is unrivalled in the manufacture of complete distillery systems.

“In addition to the £3 million export of distillery equipment and related services, we have signed off a strategic agreement with a long established whisky distiller for the supply of bulk whiskies.

“We are also making steady progress and are `now at the stage of deciding flavouring and branding prior to production and maturation.”

Forsyths has nine fabrication facilities located on three sites in the north-east of Scotland.

The firm also has a team in Hong Kong to provide sales back-up and services.

Richard E. Forsyth, managing director of Forsyths, said the firm is looking forward to delivering the prestigious new distillery.

He says: “It is the first project that our company has won in this province.

“We look forward to repaying that faith with a first class distillery capable of high quality premium malt whisky.”

MengTai’s core businesses are coal production, electricity generation, aluminium fabrication and the distribution of urban heating systems, but it has also been diversifying.  The group employs over 4,000 people with total assets in excess of £3 billion.

The Scottish Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to supporting the development of the business relationship between China and Scotland.

Chief Executive Liz Cameron said: “It is tremendous to see this exciting opportunity come to fruition and showcase the value of forging business relationships with partners across the globe.”

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