Comber based medical device maker Tg Eakin has revealed it is investing £1.5m into developing a new product.
The company, which won Best Small/Medium Company at this year's Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, said it is undertaking two research and development projects - one to create a new healthcare product that aims to enhance the comfort of patients and another to improve its processes. Invest Northern Ireland has contributed £317,000 to the manufacturer's overall investment.
"Using our knowledge base in the industry, we are confident this innovation has the potential to increase our global sales," said TG Eakin managing director Jeremy Eakin. He said Invest NI had helped to identify and implement technological advances needed to manufacture its new product.
The company, which makes skin protection products for use in stoma and wound care, was established in 1974, by pharmacist Tom Eakin and is now led by his two sons, Jeremy Eakin and Paul Eakin.
Visiting the firm, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: "TG Eakin has grown from a small local company to become a global supplier in the industry. This major investment by a family run company highlights its longstanding commitment to developing new highly advanced products for global markets.
"With over 80% of sales to export markets, the development of this latest medical device will support further growth, demonstrating the value of investing in innovation and R&D in driving business success."