Cunningham Covers wraps up new orders in Africa and Middle East

Maghera-based Cunningham Covers has secured new business in Africa and the Middle East totalling over £500,000 following a range of support from Invest Northern Ireland.

Cunningham Covers is a market leader in advanced textile solutions and sells a range of covers, tarpaulins and canopies to customers all over the world. Last year it supplied natural canvas tarpaulins for use during The Coldest Journey, a six month expedition to cross the Antarctic led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and provided the covers for the beach volleyball courts at the London 2012 Olympics.

The family firm has undertaken a series of investments recently to develop its long-term strategic direction. Over £50,000 of assistance from Invest NI has accelerated the company’s export marketing activities, helped to establish a web presence and secure customers in new markets and product areas. Invest NI’s support was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.  

Kevin McCann, Invest NI’s Director of Advanced Engineering and Construction, said: “Cunningham Covers is an established family firm which has demonstrated a clear drive to remain innovative and successful in export markets. The business operates in a niche market and has diversified its product offering in recent years to accommodate the vast requirements of its customers.

“Cunningham Covers is continuing to be proactive in identifying new development opportunities and the firm’s focus on increasing export sales is now paying dividends as it lays firm foundations for further growth.”

David Cunningham, General Manager of Cunningham Covers, added: “Last year we focused heavily on developing our marketing and IT capabilities so that we could capitalise on new business opportunities across a range of markets including Africa and the Middle East.

“Implementing a greater strategic approach to our business development plans was essential to the future growth of our company and this process was made very straightforward with support from Invest NI. We are extremely encouraged by our export sales figures over last year and aim to broaden our customer and market profiles throughout the coming months.”