Foster announces major export deal for Erne Extrusions


Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster announced, today that Erne Extrusions has secured a new contract in the Netherlands, potentially worth £2million.

Erne Extrusions, which employs 15 people in Lisnaskea, is a leading manufacturer of plasterbeads for the construction industry.

The contract, the biggest-ever export order to be won by the Fermanagh company, follows support from Invest Northern Ireland to develop business in the Dutch market.

The Minister announced the contract, which is with a plastic materials and components company in the Netherlands, during a visit to Erne Extrusions.

The Minister said: "This is a tremendously encouraging development for a locally owned firm which is committed to growing business outside Northern Ireland. Invest NI support has given Erne Extrusions, and many other companies, experience of business opportunities, practices and processes in an important global market. This is essential if local businesses are to compete and become confident in new markets.

“Last year, I had the opportunity to lead a group of local companies, from a broad range of sectors, on an Invest NI trade mission to the Netherlands. I was extremely impressed by the businesses’ professionalism and determination to succeed in a highly competitive marketplace.

“Such positive developments in the Netherlands have already encouraged many small and medium sized enterprises to explore opportunities in other international markets, and a number have taken part in several of Invest NI’s extensive list of trade missions and exhibitions over the past year.

“I hope that Erne Extrusions continues its export focus and builds upon this impressive and commendable contract success.”

Vincent McCoy, Managing Director of Erne Extrusions, commenting on the programme, said: "Our new Dutch partner, who has already visited us in Lisnaskea, has a well-established and successful business supplying metal profiles to builders in The Netherlands and Germany through an extensive network of builders merchants. We were able to offer access to our expertise and experience in the production of PVC extrusions.

"Invest NI’s support introduced us to this new business opportunity and an established partnership that will enable us to grow our sales in the Netherlands through this major contract, and potentially in Germany, two very dynamic markets.

"As well as gaining valuable knowledge about the Dutch marketplace and business procedures there from our engagement with NI Trade Consultants, we were introduced to a major manufacturer that resulted in substantial business for our PVC plasterbeads and the prospect of further contracts for another product in Germany. The timing of our visit to The Netherlands therefore, was perfect."