Belfast Telegraph

£1.2m investment creates 12 jobs at UPU in Co Down

By Rachel Martin

Co Down manufacturing company UPU Industries will create 12 new jobs as part of a £1.2m investment in its production facilities.

The Dromore company exports to more than 25 countries, including South Africa, Australia and Israel, through its brands and plans to launch four new products this year.

The business has seen growing demand for its specialist product range in key export markets.

UPU Industries manufactures binding and protection products for the agricultural sector, including baler twine and plastic net and film for wrapping bales of silage, straw and hay.

The company has also developed its product offering to include ‘Reflectornet’ pallet netting; a breathable alternative to standard plastic wrapping used to package and transport fresh or perishable goods.

The 12 new staff members will be based across both sales and manufacturing, and will also include the appointment of an international sales director.

The company, which was founded 20 years ago, also operates a large-scale manufacturing plant in Kansas in the US, where it employs 60 people and is the leading domestic producer of agriculture bale netting.

Chief executive Phillip Orr said: “This investment is part of our strategic plan to grow our  market share with our well-established range of agricultural products, and open new markets through our innovative new pallet net products, which are proving to have a wide range of applications.

“To support this drive and build our momentum, we are strengthening our production team at Dromore, while focusing attention on the export market through the appointment of an international sales director.

“This is an exciting time for everyone at UPU and we are confident that this investment will enable us to take the business to the next level and consolidate our position in the global market.”

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