Belfast Telegraph

Ulster Carpets signs £2m contract to supply Saudi hotels

By Margaret Canning

Ulster Carpets has announced orders worth $3m (£2m) at four new hotels in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The Portadown company said the deals, plus orders with several casinos in Las Vegas, would keep it working at full capacity well into this year.

While Mecca is best-known as a place of pilgrimage in the Islamic faith, it has seen increasing construction and development in recent years.

Around half of Ulster Carpets' business is from abroad, and clients include many major hotel chains and cruise operators.

Managing director Nick Coburn said: "Our market is a global one and we face severe competition from low-cost labour countries in Asia.

"The ability of Ulster Carpets to effectively compete on a worldwide scale as the premium supplier is a result of our constant endeavour to exceed customer expectations, push the boundaries of design and embrace innovative technology, in addition to our continual drive to improve productivity and quality."

Its foray into the Gulf region was given a helping hand by Invest NI, including using the agency's office space in Dubai.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: "Once again, Ulster Carpets has secured a significant contract in a key export market.

"This success can only further cement its position as a global leader in the development of high-quality carpets for the competitive hospitality and cruise industries."