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Delta Print founder to get honorary doctorate

By Margaret Canning

Published 20/06/2016

Delta Print founder Terry Cross
Delta Print founder Terry Cross

Delta Print founder Terry Cross — who recently sold his company in a multi-million pound deal — is set to receive an honorary doctorate.

The west Belfast man will be given a Doctorate of Science for distinguished service to business as part of graduation ceremonies at Ulster University next week.

It follows Mr Cross’s OBE, bestowed on him for services to the economy and voluntary sector in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List.

Delta Print was started by Mr Cross above a small shop on the Cliftonville Road in 1984. It’s grown into a major business employing over 330 people in premises in west Belfast and Poland. 

It makes cartons and packaging for food giants including McDonald’s — a deal valued at around £20m a year — KFC and Kellogg’s. 

In May the company was acquired by Finnish rival Huhtamaki — which already has a large operation in Lurgan — in an £80m deal. The acquisition includes Delta’s production plant in Poland.

Mr Cross will remain in the role of senior advisor.

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