Belfast Telegraph

Plastics supplier earns the royal seal of approval

By Margaret Canning

A Belfast supplier of plastics to the global healthcare market has won a Queen's Award for Enterprise for its exporting success.

Colorite Europe's compounds are used in disposal devices like haemodialysis tubing, blood bags and oxygen masks.

The award marks continuous achievement in international trade over six years.

Ian Kenny, global managing director of Colorite, said: "The fact that this award is measured against our performance over six years is particularly pleasing and shows that we have been able to push into new markets and continually meet the demands and expectations of customers.

"An award of this type would not have been possible but for the dedication, commitment and skill of all the staff here. It's a fitting tribute to the hard work of staff over the years."

Over 90% of Colorite's sales are derived from export and it now supplies to customers in 33 countries.

It has operated in Belfast since 1997. In 2009 the company spent £3m on its Springbank Industrial Estate factory in a bid to open new markets in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

The Queen's Awards were announced on April 21 - the Queen's birthday - and will be officially presented by the Lord Lieutenant.

Colorite Europe is a subsidiary of Tekni-Plex Europe, a division of the US group of companies Tekni-Plex.

Newry-based veterinary pharmaceutical company Norbrook also won its fifth Queen's Award for its prowess in the export market. Chairman and chief executive Lord Ballyedmond said: "Norbrook's success is a combination of a number of factors including our continued investment in research and development, a focus on global markets and our innovative business techniques."