Belfast Telegraph

It's double delight for Ulster Weavers with £250,000 global export deal

Holywood firm Ulster Weavers has doubled export sales over the past three years.

The company, which specialises in the design, manufacture and marketing of kitchen textiles and PVC bags, has recently secured new business totalling almost £250,000 from major department stores in South Korea, Russia, Australia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand and the Arabian Gulf.

Among new retail customers recently secured by Ulster Weavers are ABC Group in Moscow, Shinsage, Seoul, Blue Salon in Doha, Qatar and Sovereign Hill, Brisbane.

The company, which holds a Royal Warrant for its products and supplies the Royal Palaces and the National Trust in Great Britain, also recently secured a contract to supply products to the London Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2012.

Invest Northern Ireland helped the business to access the global markets.

Mark Graham, Asia business manager at Ulster Weavers, said he had travelled with Invest NI on missions to Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

"I know I've learned a great deal about business procedures and practices in markets throughout Asia from fellow mission members with experience there," he said. "Every mission produced a list of potential customers which I've followed up and been successful in turning into firm business for the company. Invest NI missions work really well for us."