Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Fuel polishing firm cleans up with new contracts worth £250k

A Lisburn firm which specialises in eco-friendly fuel cleaning systems, has won new business worth more than £250,000 and is becoming established in key markets such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland and Finland.

Robert Craig and Sons also secured orders for two more fuel polishing units within two weeks of first meeting the Pronix firm in Prague through a recent Invest Northern Ireland trade mission to the Czech Republic. Craigs is based at Knockmore Industrial Estate and has developed a new fuel polishing system in partnership with Separ UK, a company based in Hertfordshire which supplies the filters used in the system. Craigs provides the pumps and assembles the systems in Lisburn.

David Craig, managing director of Robert Craig and Sons, said that since focusing on the Netherlands, sales there have doubled every year and will exceed the £150,000 mark this year.

"The Dutch success also led to our first business in nearby Belgium, and we've also invested time and other resources to develop sales in Finland and Poland, again using Invest NI trade missions," he said.

"As a result of this strategic focus, we expect exports to these markets to hit £500,000, very significant growth for a smaller business.

"European regulations on potential sources of environmental pollution are increasing demand for our fuel polishing equipment because they offer an effective solution for stored fuel from generators."

Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI trade director, welcomed the deals.

"Craigs is an example of how a smaller company can be helped to enhance its business by using our services to grow business outside Northern Ireland," she said.

"This progressive company has been keen to work with our experts and to commit the necessary resources to develop a strategic approach to business development that is now producing sales in key European markets."

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