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AES Global wins the Excellence in Exporting Award at Belfast Telegraph Business Awards

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Jenni Barkley, Communications Manager, Belfast Harbour, presents the Excellence in Exporting Award to Paul Creighton and Dean Lyttle from AES Global Ltd at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards

Jenni Barkley, Communications Manager, Belfast Harbour, presents the Excellence in Exporting Award to Paul Creighton and Dean Lyttle from AES Global Ltd at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards

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Jenni Barkley, Communications Manager, Belfast Harbour, presents the Excellence in Exporting Award to Paul Creighton and Dean Lyttle from AES Global Ltd at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards

AES Global has grown from a one-man garden shed project to a 50-person international operation that manufactures wireless gate and door intercoms.

Today its product range of technologies has increased to include DECT (radio wave controlled), fully hardwired, and IP/Wi-Fi Video products.

Not only does it manufacture the products, but it provides aftersales technical support to its clients globally.

Over 90% of the company’s revenue is generated by exporting.

It exports to 50 markets and has offices based in Toulouse, France, England, Florida and here in Northern Ireland in Cookstown.

More destinations join the firm’s exporting list every year, contributing to making it one of the largest providers of wireless intercoms in the world.

The company has faced many challenges recently, with Brexit pushing prices upwards, it says.

Speaking at the awards event after winning Excellence in Exporting, chief executive Paul Creighton said: “We’ve just come through a pandemic and then a supply chain crisis which affected the electronics industry. We had a lot of chip shortages and then the war and inflation so this award is great for the staff morale and keeping the team at it.

“We didn’t expect to win there were some big names up there so we are really humbled.”

Dean Lyttle, head of engineering and technical, commented, adding: “We’ve grown our exports, especially in the states. America has been very busy, the UK was always our chief market but it’s been overtaken by the US. We plan more growth in our existing markets and we’re looking at South Africa and the Far East next.”


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