UK powers ahead as world’s biggest exporter of generators

Posted on 16 May 2013 by Tim Brown

The UK is the world’s number one exporter of power generators, outperforming the US and China, according to the Association of Manufacturers of Power Generating Systems (AMPS).

Diesel gensets are often used as backup or emergency power when the mains system fails, or to provide energy in remote areas off-grid. The UK has 19% of the electric generator export market – more than China, the nearest rival – and made £1.29bn worth of power generator sales to overseas markets in 2012.

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Chairman of AMPS, Robert Beebee, said that “Britain’s reputation for quality gensets – going all the way back to days of the empire – is second to none. We retain a firm grip on the market, and people, where possible, still like to buy British.”

The Middle East and North Africa imports the largest number of power generators globally (29.1%), with countries such as the Saudi Arabia (£m108.7), UAE (£m104.1) and Nigeria(£m88.2) all providing lucrative markets. The association says offshore and petrochemical installations are likely to contribute to the further growth in the sector.

Major UK manufacturers and exporters of the generators include the world’s biggest temporary power provider Aggreko, FG Wilson, Cummins, Allam Marine and Broadcrown.

According to The Telegraph, APR Energy, the temporary power supplier floated in London in 2011 by Punch Taverns to rival Aggreko, announced yesterday that it has won contracts in Indonesia and Oman. Together the two contracts would require 72MW of power to be supplied by diesel generators, APR reported.