Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland's manufacturing sector quietly excellent within its field

By Margaret Canning

The prowess of Northern Ireland's manufacturing sector is much evidenced in three recent transactions – the latest of which we are happy to report today.

Survitec, known in a local guise as RFD Beaufort, has been put on sale by its private equity owners Warburg Pincus.

There have been two other big transactions in manufacturing in recent times – the purchase of Whale Pumps by American company Brunswick and the sale of Schrader by its private equity owners to Sensata Technologies

Survitec makes some interesting equipment for a string of unexpected applications, from life rafts for natural disasters to uniforms for the Royal Air Force – and other air forces around the world.

It's been passed from pillar to post in the private equity world but has continued to excel in its field, and most recently.

No one at the Dunmurry plant wished to comment yesterday – and requests for more information were not met from London spokespeople for the wider Survitec Group.

But its Twitter feed reveals the company is busy and thriving, travelling to an aerospace and defence show in South Africa.

It is also celebrating 30 years of its Crewfit lifejacket at the Southampton Boat Show.

Yet we hear relatively little about the company's day-to-day doings, and it seems happy to get on with things without blowing its own trumpet – or inflating its own raft.

These unsung heroes of Northern Ireland manufacturing are deeply valued and appreciated – so could we perhaps hear a little more from them?

Belfast Telegraph

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