A Dundonald engineering company has won a £400,000 export contract to the US.
The deal for Sepha is with one of the US's leading food producers and was won via its Chicago-based distributor Service Industries and is the company's largest ever single order to the region.
The US buyers will be taking delivery of machines which carry out a two stage process on blister food packs; first, they detect any leaks in the packs and secondly they deblister the food for reuse.
Sepha's business has centred on supplying machines to the pharmaceutical world so the new contract provides a valuable move into a new sector in one of the biggest markets in the world.
"Our equipment is non-destructive thereby enabling product to be recovered for sale and faulty packaging material to be recycled," said Sepha head of sales and marketing Paul Kelly.
"The contract is significant in that it has enabled us to prove the benefits of our cost saving technology to the food industry, a new market segment for us."
The company said it was helped by Invest NI to break into international markets as well as with research and development support.
Ian Murphy, Invest NI's director of growth and scaling praised the firm's drive.
"This is an entrepreneurial company which is focused on sustained high growth through continuous investment in R&D and in the resources required for international sales," he said.
"Through a commitment to innovation the company has become a global industry leader in the development and marketing of leak detection and deblistering technology."