Belfast Telegraph

Exports strategy is a real breath of fresh air for Brookvent

By Clare Weir

A CO Antrim manufacturing firm has grown turnover by 50% by expanding exports to the Baltic States, the Netherlands, Poland and China.

Brookvent, a Dunmurry-based manufacturer of energy-saving ventilation systems, makes products which give homeowners an energy-efficient way to ventilate their houses while greatly reducing heat loss.

Since 2009, the firm has also added 25 jobs locally and internationally with the business now employing seven members of staff in its Polish office.

Brookvent has also invested heavily in its research and development capacity with a further £285,000 ploughed into the development of new products.

Declan Gormley, managing director of Brookvent, said that branching out into the mechanical ventilation market and exports was a natural progression for the company

"The challenging economic conditions around 2009 altered the company's perspective on the way that we approach our target markets," he said.

"We had to look again at our products and processes: without question, our new export strategy has rejuvenated the company.

"We've grown by actively seeking new markets for our existing products, as well as investing carefully in new technologies to ensure growth in the long term.

Mr Gormley added that the NI Programme for Government calls for local companies to look at innovation, research and development, and export as ways of creating growth and jobs.

"Our Polish office is an excellent example of this – from only beginning to research the market in 2009 through an Invest Northern Ireland trade mission, we have developed a Polish sales and distribution hub which services mainland Europe.

"With a well-defined strategy, we're confident of further developing our offering overseas, particularly in China where we recently secured an initial contract worth £50,000."

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