Cookstown-based Turkington Engineering Ltd has secured £500,000 worth of orders in Great Britain for its wood pellet boilers following support from Invest Northern Ireland.
Trading as Turco Boilers, the company designs and manufactures biomass fuelled boilers for the UK marketplace. It recently diversified into this area in order to take advantage of substantial commercial opportunities across Great Britain and Europe.
Turco is the first company in Northern Ireland to manufacture biomass boilers and does so under license to its market distributors. Two 150kW boilers manufactured by Turco have been installed in the 2012 Olympic sailing village as well as in numerous homes and commercial organisations throughout Great Britain.
Invest NI offered the company £50,000, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), to support its market development activities, including the appointment of a General Manager and a Product Engineer.
Kevin McCann, Invest NI’s Director of Advanced Engineering and Construction, said: “Turco has taken a structured approach to product diversification and process improvement in a bid to establish a competitive market position for its biomass boilers. The company’s export drive and focus on innovation has already produced impressive results and will continue to propel Turco on towards achieving its target of £2 million additional sales by 2014.”
The wood pellet boiler range has efficiency levels of above 90 per cent and is fully MCS approved which enables users to avail of the UK Government Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme.
Ryan Turkington, Managing Director of Turco, said: “Invest NI’s support has enabled us to capitalise on market demand for an efficient biomass heating system. This project has helped us to set a solid foundation on which we can build further product development. As our customer base in GB increases, we will extend our focus towards potential growth opportunities in Europe.”