A Co. Cavan company, Gem Oils, has been awarded a major contract by Translink, operator of Northern Ireland’s bus and rail network. The business, to supply the majority of the lubricants for the organisation’s buses and trains, is worth €730,000 per annum to Gem Oils.
The award is great news for family-owned Gem Oils and its 16-strong team, based in Regaskin, with the Translink tender accounting for a sizeable percentage of the company’s turnover. Gem Oils has been contracted for three years with the possibility of extension for a further two years.
Before it won this tender, the organisation had worked with another company to provide Translink with products but Gem Oils is now the sole major provider of lubricants. Gem Oils, which has been operational since 1962, has a reputation for excellent customer service and the company’s dedicated team will service all of Translink’s buses and trains.
Translink have a stringent and cohesive tendering process
Neil Bowers from Translink commented: “We have a very stringent and cohesive tendering process and welcome applications from any company which can meet our demanding criteria. We work with hundreds of companies of all sizes which provide a variety of goods and services to Translink.
“Gem will now be providing the majority of lubricants for the Translink fleet of buses and trains, including the cross-border Enterprise train & Goldline bus services.”
Gem Oils has the largest storage capacity for lubricating oils in Ireland
Helen from Gem Oils added: “It is a great boost for our company to be chosen in the competitive Translink tender process. Gem Oils owns and operates its own fleet and the company’s central location on the island allows us to supply customers the length and breadth of Ireland and Northern Ireland and we are keen to grow our business further in both jurisdictions. Our Co Cavan facility has the largest storage capacity for lubricating oils in Ireland which enables us to service clients of all sizes, from smaller companies to major operators, like Translink, quickly and efficiently.”