14/06/2002

Andor Technology selected as NI's top exporter

Andor Technology, a locally owned company based in West Belfast which manufactures scientific cameras, has been chosen as Northern Ireland’s top exporter in an event organised by Invest NI.

Prof. Fabian Monds, Invest NI Chairman, announced the choice of Andor Technology at the 10th annual Northern Ireland Exporter of the Year Awards 2001 gala dinner in the City Hall, Belfast last night.

The judges viewed Andor Technology was successful because it had achieved annual growth in exports of over 50% to high profile industrial and academic clients in markets from North America to Japan.

More than 250 business people from local companies, business bodies and councils attended the event, which is co-sponsored by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry and British European.

Other awards announced last night were:
  • Strategic Business Alliance Award 2001: Audio Processing Technology, Belfast
  • First Time Exporter of the Year 2001: The McAvoy Group Ltd, Dungannon
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year 2001: Fivemiletown Creamery, Fivemiletown
  • E-Business Exporter of the Year 2001: gem – the Global E-Mail Company Ltd, Belfast.
  • Tradeable Services Exporter of the Year 2001: Northern Ireland Public Sector Enterprises (NI-CO), Belfast
Praising the export achievements of Andor Technology, Prof Monds said:“This knowledge-led company, a university spin-out, is an excellent example of the entrepreneurship and commitment to innovation which is at the core of Invest NI’s strategy to accelerate Northern Ireland’s economic growth."

Leslie Morrison, Invest NI Chief Executive, said supporting the growth of export-led companies to increase overseas sales was a strategic priority for the organisation.

In addition to top awards a number of other companies received ‘Highly Commended’ certificates. These were:
  • Northern Ireland Exporter of the Year Award 2001: Fisher Engineering Ltd, Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh
  • Gem, the Global E-Mail Company, Belfast and Londonderry
  • Humax Electronics Company Ltd, Newtownards, Co Down
  • Strategic Business Alliance Award 2001: Infineer Ltd, Bangor
  • First Time Exporter of the Year Award 2001: Fusion Antibodies, Belfast
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year Award 2001: Meridian Medical Technologies Ltd, Belfast
  • E-Business Exporter of the Year Award 2001: Northbrook Technologies of Northern Ireland Ltd, Belfast
  • Tradeable Services Exporter of the Year Award 2001: Edge Innovative Learning International, Belfast
The awards were based on performance in exports over the three years to end of March 2001.

(SP)

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