Composites manufacturer targets export sales of  £1 million

Feb 10, 2011

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Pictured right is Seamus Carmichael, Managing Director of Silotank (DST) with Kevin McCann of Invest Northern Ireland. The Dunmurry based business is targeting new export sales worth £1 million with support from Invest NI.

Dunmurry based Purepipe a division of Silotank is targeting new export sales worth £1 million with support from Invest Northern Ireland

Purepipe is using a highly advanced form of filament winding technology to manufacture a pure glass reinforced plastic (GRP) pipe. The development of this product range forms part of a £300,000 investment in research and development and marketing.

Invest NI offered Silotank (DST) over £85,000, which includes part funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The company’s investment aims to capitalise on the development and marketing of its innovative product range and includes the recruitment of a business development manager.

Silotank also produces thermoplastics and glass reinforced plastic tanks, silos and chemical and odour control scrubbers to the water and waste water, chemical, pharmaceutical and utilities sectors.

Kevin McCann, Invest NI’s Director of Transport, Construction and Tourism said: “Silotank’s recent investment is the latest element in a continuous programme of improvement and new product development which the company is implementing to generate sales, in export markets.

“By capitalising on the new product offering and increasing brand awareness through an extensive marketing campaign, Silotank is determined to ensure the long term success of the business and achieve its £1 million sales target.”

Seamus Carmichael, Managing Director of Silotank (DST) said: “Invest NI’s support and advice has been instrumental in helping us to develop and launch our new product range. With market research showing a demand exists for this innovative product, we are confident we can achieve our £1 million sales target over the next three years.”

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