Former Quinn Glass seeks global markets
Co Fermanagh glass company Encirc - formerly part of the empire of Sean Quinn - is eyeing up opportunities in the Chinese market.
First Minister Arlene Foster, who is an MLA for the constituency of Fermanagh and South Tyrone, visited Encirc's premises in Derrylin with Madam Wang Shuying, the Chinese consul general.
Encirc manufactures glass containers for food and drink companies around the world and also fills, stores and distributes the final product. It has another facility in Chester in England.
During the visit the First Minister and Madam Wang discussed potential opportunities in the Chinese market.
The First Minister said that the Derrylin facility reflected Encirc's ambition to become a global player.
"Their ability to combine product design, glass manufacturing and beverage formulation, along with filling and logistics services, sets them apart from their competitors," she said.
"Not only is Encirc a major employer in the Fermanagh area, but the company is also operating on the world stage, driving the highest levels of operational excellence."
The First Minister added: "It has consistently invested in skills and wider capability development in order to capitalise on sales outside Northern Ireland."
Managing director Adrian Curry said the company was one of the industry's newest players, but "because of our skills, investment and agile approach we are setting standards and supporting the global glass industry".
Mr Curry added: "The success is a true reflection of the efforts, abilities and dedication of our team at Encirc and the investment made in their continued development."
Spanish company Vidrala bought Encirc - formerly known as Quinn Glass - for €408.6m in January last year.