Queen’s Award joy for region’s firms

Chris Rea, managing director of AESSEAL gets to keep the  Queen's Award flag flying over the firm's Rotherham plant
Chris Rea, managing director of AESSEAL gets to keep the Queen's Award flag flying over the firm's Rotherham plant
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Three South Yorkshire firms have today been named winners of Queen’s Awards for International Trade.

Rotherham-based AESSEAL and Speciality Paperboard Containers and Sheffield-based EDS Group Holdings are joined by a fourth company with local connections – Northumberland-based Advanced Electronics, which has its engineering centre of excellence in Barnsley.

AESSEAL has added a 12th Queen’s Award to its tally.It confirms the company’s place as the holder of the most Queen’s Awards in Yorkshire.

The company designs and manufactures mechanical seals and sealing systems which are used in rotating equipment, such as pumps, to prevent liquids and gasses escaping into the environment and is now the fourth largest mechanical seal manufacturer in the world.

When the company won its first Queen’s Award in 1988, sales were £2.09 million.

Last year they had risen to £104 million, with three quarters of the firm’s output being exported to more than 100 countries.

Speciality Paperboard Containers was set up five years ago and produces a wide variety of containers for the food processing and packaging industry, supplying ice cream, confectionery and pet food manufacturers and horticultural suppliers, among others.

The Aldwarke Business Park Company’s overseas sales have grown by 261 per cent over three years to £3 million, with the company developing markets in France, Belgium, Scandinavia and, most recently, Tunisia.

International plant dismantling and decommissioning expert EDS Group Holdings was established in 1994 and offers a full range of industrial demolition services including dismantling, asset recovery, asbestos removal, decontamination and land remediation.

The company, which is based at Loxley, has quadrupled its overseas income over three years to £76 million to win a Queen’s Award for the first time.

Advanced Electronics manufactures “intelligent” electronic fire detection and life safety equipment. Since it was established in 1999‚ the company has invested heavily in research and development at its centre in Barnsley to enable it to produce a range of technically advanced products that meet stringent regulatory standards and customer needs around the world.

As a result, the company has grown into an £11 million business that employs over 110 people worldwide, increasing its overseas earnings sevenfold to £3.6 million a year over six years and securing customers in 50 countries.