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Event Date: 13 December 2010

Awards recognise export success

Pennine Lancashire exporters are succeeding despite difficult conditions. And a number are celebrating after winning awards for their export successes.

Three companies took the honours at East Lancashire’s International Trade Club Awards, which recognise the work of exporters.

Ed Murphy, International Trade Director at Chamber of Commerce East Lancashire said:
“We’re relying on exporters. If it wasn’t for these people flying everywhere winning new business, we’d all be poorer.”

Whitney Woods, which produces marketing materials, won the New Exporter award for its world wide exporting. From its base in Rawtenstall, Whitney Woods has worked with companies across Europe and its largest customer is currently in Texas.

Helen Mihill, Marketing Manager at Whitney Woods said: “We’re absolutely ecstatic. We’ve put so much effort in, it’s just fantastic to get the award for it.”

ACDC Lighting won its second consecutive award for Outstanding Export Achievement. The Barrowford company designs, manufactures and installs architectural lighting systems, and has maintained its strong export performance with contracts around the world.

Mark Wolstenholme, ACDC’s marketing manager, said: “I didn’t bother writing any sort of a speech this year because I thought we had no chance of winning for a second year in a row! We’re over the moon!”

Metflex, a manufacturer of precision rubber components for the gas industry, also received an Outstanding Export Achievement award. The company has a strong export presence in North America, as well as a presence in China. Most of its growth in the last twelve months has come from expanding exports.

Chris Greenwood, Sales Manager for Metflex, said: “It’s good news for Metflex. We’ve moved into a new purpose-built manufacturing facility in Great Harwood this year. We shut down and moved all the presses for two or three weeks, but still increased turnover and exported all this product, so it has been a very busy year. And we’re looking forward to a very busy 2011.”

Six other companies were highly commended:

- Acorn Digital International Inks, Accrington, which manufactures ink for product marking and coding, added a commendation to last year’s New Exporter award.
- Kirk Environmental, Nelson, which provides equipment for the biogas injury, also picked up a second consecutive commendation.
- Langtec, Accrington, which makes tubing for electrical and thermal insulation.
- Metals UK, Blackburn, which distributes speciality steel.
- PI Water Quality Analysers, Burnley, which provides measuring equipment to the water industry, was highly commended for the second year running.
- Whatmore, Padiham, which manufactures plastic products for homes and gardens.

Ed Murphy added: “In East Lancashire, the general trend with exporters is that they are responding to the challenge. Overall, our exporters are doing well.”

 

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