Belfast Telegraph

More to Smiley about after win in West Indies

Lisburn firm Smiley Monroe has won export business in the West Indies that could be worth around £500,000 this year, following participation in a quarrying exhibition with Invest Northern Ireland.

The company, which manufactures conveyor belts and specialised rubber products for the crushing, screening and recycling sectors, has secured the contract to supply conveyor belting and screening media to a leading distributor in Trinidad and Tobago.

In June, the company participated in the Hillhead quarrying equipment exhibition in Derbyshire on the Invest NI stand.

Vaughan Monroe, Smiley Monroe’s managing director, said: “Although a small market of just 1.3 million people, large reserves of oil and natural gas make Trinidad and Tobago among the wealthiest in the Caribbean. Extensive investment is under way to strengthen its transport infrastructure to help increase tourism revenue.

“In addition, the nation is an ideal springboard to the much larger markets of south and central America, markets in which our new distributor has an established network. We see opportunities, therefore, to extend our business to these important markets.”

Smiley Monroe, which employs 80 people at its state-of-the-art manufacturing base in Knockmore Hill Industrial

Estate, is also among 11 local businesses that will be part of an Invest NI stand at the forthcoming Conexpo Exhibition in Las Vegas. A further 20 local companies will either be visiting the show or will have their own stands at the event.

Belfast Telegraph