Kiveton Park Steel’s success in boosting exports was acknowledged by the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody, when he presented the company with its first Queen’s Award for Industry.
The bar and wire producer has boosted overseas sales to such an extent in recent years that they have doubled from 30 per cent to 60 per cent of total sales and increased by 50 per cent last year alone.
Growth was initially in European markets, but the 144 employee firm, which has also exported to the US and Mexico for a number of years, has opened up new markets in Brazil, India, Taiwan and Turkey in recent years and also exports to Romania and Hungary.
The company, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, puts its success in low cost areas of the world down to quality and customer service, which is vital for companies in emerging markets seeking to export to Europe and the US.
Most of the company’s output goes to top tier automotive components manufacturers and their immediate suppliers, although the company also supplies some defence and aerospace manufacturers.
Kiveton Park’s products are used to make diesel injection, steering, engine and suspension parts, fasteners, drills and components for the rail industry, amongst other things.
Managing director Bill Collington said: “The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious corporate awards that any UK business can win and we are extremely proud to be honoured with the award for International Trade.
“We share this award with all employees, agents and distributors working together to promote our export trade.”
Entries are now open for the 2013 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and will close on Friday, September 28. Visit www.queensawards.org.uk for more information.