Pakflatt (UK) Ltd, the Londonderry-based specialist in election solutions, has signed a multi million dollar agreement to supply voting booths to Diebold Election Systems Inc., of Allen, Texas, a US industry leader in the supply of election systems and technology.
The agreement was signed today by Patrick McGonagle, Pakflatt’s Managing Director, and Brian Brucker, Diebold’s New Business Development Manager, at the Invest Northern Ireland headquarters in Timber Quay, Derry.
The deal, which was welcomed by Ian Murphy, Invest NI’s Managing Director of Clients and Entrepreneurship, follows an extensive marketing campaign by Pakflatt in the US, a key international market for the company.
Mr McGonagle, commenting on the agreement with Diebold, said: “Signing this agreement, our biggest-ever single deal, and with such an important corporation as Diebold is an immensely important endorsement of the quality and innovation of the products that we design and provide from Derry.
“We look forward to building on this important relationship over the next five years. I am confident that this strategic partnership will be of enormous benefit to us as we seek to grow our business in the US and other global markets through a strong focus on design, innovation and customer-led services.
“The company has just completed a product and process improvement exercise to increase productivity and also to improve the functionality of the booth. Considerations were given to health and safety, better access for voters with disabilities and improved storage and transportation logistics. We were assisted in this important re-design project by Invest NI and the benefits will be far reaching.”
Welcoming the agreement between Pakflatt and Diebold, Invest NI’s Ian Murphy said: “Pakflatt is an extremely enterprising company which has invested extensively in new product development and marketing, with assistance from Invest NI, over many years. It is, therefore, an excellent role model to other locally-owned companies of the success that can result from continuous investment in innovation and on developing sales outside Northern Ireland.”
Mayor, Alderman Drew Thompson said that this was further good news for the city. He added: "This news comes on the back of last week’s major jobs announcement for the city and region.
“It provides yet another boost, not only to our economy, but also to indigenous businesses which can learn from Pakflatt's experience in developing a product to compete in the international market place.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Pakflatt on securing this significant contract, and welcome any employment opportunities that may be created."