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AJ Power and Devenish boosted by international trade prizes in Queen's Awards


Export growth: Ashley Piggot, managing director of AJ Power

Export growth: Ashley Piggot, managing director of AJ Power

Owen Brennan

Owen Brennan

Export growth: Ashley Piggot, managing director of AJ Power

Two top Northern Ireland manufacturers have won major Queen's Awards for enterprise in international trade.

Co Antrim generator maker AJ Power and animal nutrition specialist Devenish Nutrition were honoured for their business achievements in today's announcement from the UK Business Secretary, Sajid Javid.

Belfast-based Devenish was praised for its "outstanding growth in its overseas sales of 300% over the last three years".

AJ Power - a spin-off from FG Wilson in Larne - has seen its overseas sales grow by 66% over the last three years, as it exports to 67 countries worldwide.

The firms were the only two from Northern Ireland out of 243 businesses across the UK to receive an award this year.

They join previous winners from Northern Ireland such as Norbrook in Newry; Allstate, which has offices in Belfast, Londonderry and Strabane, and Antrim-based fake tan brand Vita Liberata.

Devenish's turnover is now over £15m, having started international trading in 2012.

It makes nutritional products for the agricultural, livestock and equine sectors and sells in eight countries, including the US.

Executive chairman Owen Brennan praised the firm's international team and the whole group for "the phenomenal growth of our export business".

"We spend over £30m each year on innovation and this has proved to be a solid foundation for business growth, both locally and internationally," he said.

"We have also invested heavily in developing new markets and expect to see this translated into further significant growth in the coming years."

Craigavon-based AJ Power designs, manufactures and supplies diesel generating sets and associated equipment to customers across five continents.

Since 2003, it has supplied generators to villages in the Andes, airports in Scandinavia and mines in Myanmar, (formerly Burma).

AJ Power's managing director, Ashley Pigott, said: "Winning a prestigious Queen's Award offers all at AJ Power the opportunity to reflect on the significant export growth and overall business success we have achieved during the last three years.

"We strongly believe that winning the award will help us to gain recognition and raise our profile throughout the world."

Belfast Telegraph