Fast response services developed by Mayfair Manufacturing in Portadown are helping other textiles companies in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland win export business.

Formed in 2001 by Trevor Crowe, John Haycock and Kay Williams and based at Armagh Road, Mayfair Manufacturing is a contract manufacturing business specialising in ‘short run’ and quick response services for manufacturers of interior textiles and workwear. Mr Crowe held senior management positions with Courtaulds before starting the business with Mr Haycock, a management consultant.

The company, an Invest NI client, has already formed partnerships with local manufacturers which have resulted in a broad range of products, including napkins, handkerchiefs and in-flight linens, being made for export.

Jen Guiney, Regional Executive at Invest NI’s Southern Local Office in Newry, said: “This is an enterprising company in a traditional sector which has identified and is now developing a market opportunity for service-driven business that offers customers quick turnaround contract manufacturing.

“The niche products it is supplying quickly to other manufacturers, mostly for export, means the company is less likely to be adversely affected by imports from lower cost regions,” she said.

Mr Crowe, Production Director of Mayfair Manufacturing, outlining the company’s business approach, said: “Our focus is on providing a responsive and cost-efficient cut, make and trim service to other manufacturers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

“We’ve already developed a good relationship with a number of companies which have been quick to see the benefits of having additional manufacturing capacity on hand when they require products fast.

“This enables them to respond quickly to opportunities within their market sector without having to worry about the costs of gearing up for new products or longer runs of existing lines.

“Our business has also benefited from the pool of skilled machinists in the Portadown area. This has enabled us to provide customers with a high quality and flexible service,” he added.