Belfast Telegraph

Quarry tools firm digs deep for exports

By Nigel Tilson

Tyrone company CDE Ireland has won this year's Northern Ireland Award for Export Achievement.

The annual award, organised by the Northern Ireland Institute of Export, recognises the achievements of Ulster organisations in export markets.

And Cookstown-based CDE, which specialises in the design and manufacture of equipment for the quarrying industry, has been rewarded for its rapid expansion and outstanding export success.

At the presentation of the Northern Ireland Award for Export Achievement to CDE Ireland (above) were: (from left) Enda Ivanoff, CDE sales director; Brendan McGurgan, CDE managing director; Darren Richardson, Institute of Export, and Robert Hamilton, Institute of Export

Darren Richardson from the Institute of Export said the Tyrone engineering company exemplified the strategic, sustainable approach to business development in export markets "that is essential to the future development of Northern Ireland's private sector".

He said CDE was a worthy recipient of the export achievement award. Last year exports accounted for 97% of the company's total orders.

Previous winners of the accolade include leading Northern Ireland companies such as Mivan, Grafton Recruitment, The Wright Group and Ulster Carpets. The awards scheme has been running for 22 years.

CDE has seen rapid growth and expansion this year with a 50% increase in staff in its Cookstown head office to more than 60.

With offices now established in Northern Ireland, the Republic, England, Europe, the Middle East and India, the company has seen vast growth in export sales in recent months.

Last year the company grew by 120%.

CDE's founder and chairman, Tony Convery, said: "We are delighted to be recognised with this award, especially amongst the high calibre of previous winners.

"We've invested heavily in research and development and established a series of cutting-edge products. From this product range we develop solutions that are designed and tailored specifically for the customer.

"By expanding our production facilities at our head office, we will be able to further increase both the level and the quality of our production and ensure we continue to offer some of the most innovative products available in international markets."

He pointed out that there are major business opportunities worldwide for CDE and its new factory will help it to continue to grow its business.

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