Belfast Telegraph

Printing firm aims to grow exports and create 21 jobs

By Yvette Shapiro

A Londonderry label printing firm is creating 21 jobs as part of a £1.4m investment aimed at growing its export market.

Nuprint Technologies, based in Springtown Industrial Estate, supplies more than 400m labels a year to a wide range of industries including food and drink, engineering and pharmaceutical packaging.

Its labels appear on well-known brands like McGees Butchers, Draynes Milk, Utterly Butterly dairy spread and Ruby Blue vodka. It also supplies specialist "clean room" labels for Seagate's plant in Malaysia.

Turnover this year is expected to hit £3.4m, with exports accounting for around 30% of sales. Nuprint's business in the Republic has grown by a third in the past year due to increased demand from the food and drink sector.

Managing director Gavin Killeen said: "We are focused on diversifying our product offering to make the most of opportunities in the flexible packaging and technology sectors. To do this we have introduced new manufacturing technologies and boosted our capability across a range of labelling activities."

The company currently employs 34 people and eight of the new jobs are already in place. They include managerial and production roles, as well as three higher level apprenticeships. The investment is supported by Invest NI, which has offered the company £279,000 to help with its expansion plans.

"Capital investment has a big impact on cashflows and assistance like this allows us to accelerate our growth," said Mr Killeen. "We work closely with the North West Regional College and we've done a number of technology collaborations with Ulster University.

"Nuprint has undergone a business transformation and it's all down to its people, thanks to upskilling, training and development. People from the shop floor are now as highly trained and qualified as any graduate."

Founded in 1984 by leading businessman Dr Alan McClure, Nuprint began as a specialist supplier of labels to the clothing industry for big names such as M&S, Fruit of the Loom, Burberry, Thomas Pink and Harrods. After the textile industry in Northern Ireland contracted in the late 1990s with the closure of Desmonds and other manufacturers, Nuprint was bought over in 2000 by a South African firm, International Trimming and Labels PLC (ITL).

The company diversified into the food and drink sector and in 2003, the current owners, Dr McClure and Gavin Killeen, were able to buy the company back.

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