Belfast Telegraph

Manufacturing firm expands with creation of 30 new posts

By Ben Chu

A manufacturing company from Co Antrim has created 30 new jobs.

Creative Composites, which has just opened a new factory extension in Lisburn, currently employs 136 people and designs, manufactures and assembles components for a diverse range of industries, including the forklift truck, bus and coach, automotive, construction, vending and other manufacturing sectors.

Creative Composites counts several major blue chip companies among its clients, including the technical teams of global forklift truck manufacturers and world famous sports car brands.

Invest Northern Ireland offered £84,000 of support for 21 of the new jobs through its Jobs Fund, which aims to stimulate job creation amid the financial downturn.

Northern Ireland's Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster officially opened the new extension and said that Creative Composites had an important position in the sector of advanced manufacturing.

"Creative Composites is an important player in our advanced manufacturing sector, as it is developing innovative products for a range of applications in the forklift truck, bus and coach, automotive, construction, vending and other manufacturing sectors," she said.

"Like every other business, Creative Composites has been affected by the global recession. However, it responded to the downturn in a prompt and prudent manner, adjusting its business model, implementing operational efficiencies and investing in identifying new product opportunities and new customers."

Roy Kelly, Creative Composites managing director, added: "At Creative Composites, we have a record of investing in our facilities, in our staff and in our research and development capability, making us the most advanced manufacturer of composite components in the UK.

"This latest investment will allow us to continue to deliver technical innovation, world class manufacturing and outstanding customer service."