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Disability firm James Leckey Design's £3m hub helps output soar

A NEW multi-million pound factory which makes products for adults and children with disabilities has been officially opened in Lisburn.

Established in 1983, James Leckey Design has become a global leader in the development of rehabilitation equipment and exports 98% of its products outside Northern Ireland.

The £3m factory, located on a 80,000 sq ft site, brings all of Leckey's research, design, production and marketing capabilities under one roof for the first time.

The firm employs 112 staff at its Ballinderry Road site with a further 18 staff located throughout the UK, Ireland and USA.

Since moving to the new single location, output has increased by 30% with new jobs expected to be announced over the next year.

Founder and CEO James Leckey said that the company aims to help improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities.

"Over the past 30 years, we have focused on innovation through collaboration with therapists, parents, carers, universities and experts the world over to create postural support products which will be therapeutic, comfortable and life enhancing," he said.

Products include the Comfee Seat for children and adults of all ages and abilities, designed specifically for leisure time in the home, school or in respite care.

Even before its official launch in September, the Comfee Seat won two major accolades at the Irish Design Institute's Awards.

Belfast Telegraph