Belfast Telegraph

Tile maker looking to exports for cash cow

By Margaret Canning

A tile maker is hoping to boost sales by £500,000 over the next two years as it lays out a major expansion programme.

Armatile, which sells tiles and marble products from showrooms in Armagh, Belfast, and Newry aims to secure growth in export markets.

The company plans to visit new markets and develop promotional literature and company websites.

Invest NI has offered over £39,600 towards the company's £99,000 investment in development.

Armatile's investment will create two new positions of sales and marketing manager, and head of design.

Armatile also plans to build a research and development facility next to its factory in Armagh.

Mark Bleakney, manager of Invest NI's southern regional office in Newry has high hopes for the local company.

He said: "This award-winning company is focused on exploiting potentially lucrative business opportunities in the Great Britain and Republic of Ireland markets, and Armatile's investment demonstrates its commitment towards future growth.

"With an enhanced marketing strategy and skills base, combined with the firm's unique design and manufacturing capabilities, Armatile can become more competitive as it seeks to secure this new business."

Paul Quinn, sales and marketing director at Armatile, said: "In order to achieve our targeted sales levels, we realised the need to enhance our business profile outside Northern Ireland. With Invest NI's support, we are implementing plans to enhance our marketing capability and increase Armatile's visibility, position, and sales in target markets."

Armatile won praise from industry body The Tile Association for its work on St Patrick's Church, Dungannon. It previously won awards for projects including St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh and Peter Marks Hair Salons in Dublin.