Contracts worth around £1 million for modular buildings have been secured by the McAvoy Group, a recent winner of the Queen's Award for Enterprise in the International Trade section, from clients in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
The new business, part of a major drive by the Dungannon-based group to accelerate its sales outside Northern Ireland, was announced by Tracy Meharg, Invest Northern Ireland’s managing director of Innovation and Capability Development, and Orla Corr, McAvoy Group managing director, at the group’s new £5 million factory in Lisburn.
The new factory is being developed using the latest digital manufacturing techniques for the production of modular buildings for clients outside Northern Ireland. The group, a past winner of the First Time Exporter of the Year Award in the Northern Ireland Exporter of the Year Award, has also supplied buildings to customers in Romania, Nigeria, Norway and the Caribbean.
The latest orders are for the design and manufacture of a new health clinic in Coventry; a wards and administration building at St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinston, Co Wicklow; and a psychiatric care unit at Kilcock, Co Kildare.
Welcoming the contracts, Tracy Meharg said: “McAvoy Group is a good example of a locally-owned group that is achieving significant growth in markets outside Northern Ireland on the back of an extensive investment in innovation in terms of new product development and in the application of new manufacturing technology.
“The group has a clearly defined strategy that seeks to establish the business as the leading and most innovative provider of fast-track building solutions in Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. It is already looking beyond these markets to opportunities in other parts of Europe.”
She said the group had been assisted by Invest NI in the development of the new factory and an expansion of its existing manufacturing base in Dungannon .
“The group’s developing R&D programme, which includes a partnership with the Northern Ireland Technology Centre at Queen’s University, is being encouraged through support from Invest NI’s COMPETE programme that promotes the commercialisation of R&D projects.
Mrs Corr said: “The new contracts are extremely important because they enhance our already strong market position in the Republic of Ireland and provide a solid platform for faster growth in Great Britain.
“The new factory complex is a key feature of our growth strategy, which seeks to accelerate exports while maintaining our market leading position in Northern Ireland, where we are the preferred supplier of modular buildings to public bodies such as hospital trusts and education boards.
“Invest NI continues to be extremely supportive and responsive in terms of practical assistance and advice for the faster development of our business.”
The McAvoy Group employs around 190 people.