A Lynn company’s success in developing overseas markets was marked with the presentation on Tuesday of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk, Mr Richard Jewson, presented the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade to Mark Butler, managing director of PCL Ceramics.
PCL, part of the KL Technologies Group, won the award after increasing overseas earnings by 180 per cent in three years.
The company, based on Estuary Road is the market leader in supplying casting systems for the global ceramics industry, and sells machinery and moulds to 30 countries worldwide.
Mr Jewson presented the award after a short factory tour, where he was shown some of the new technology that has enabled PCL to grow its business and it workforce.
He paid tribute to the company’s success and said: “The award will, of course, help to boost the company’s image, particularly in crucial overseas markets. Indeed, I am aware PCL have very recently been awarded a $1.8M order for new equipment and moulds from a company in America as well as a government tender contract in Algeria to supply complex casting equipment and moulds to a government owned company worth $3.9M.
“Companies like yours are essential to our county in helping promote economic growth and in turn, more employment opportunities.
“I am confident that with the enthusiasm and commitment being demonstrated here today, the company will continue to grow in the future and build on its current success.”
Mr Jewson was joined at the presentation by North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham, West Norfolk Mayor Barry Ayres, leader of West Norfolk Council Nick Daubney and representatives from Norfolk Chamber of Commerce and UK Trade and Industry.
Mr Butler said: “Mr Butler said: “The global reach of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise only hit home to me when I was talking to a potential customer from Costa Rica recently and he surprised me by knowing about the award and expressed his congratulations.
“This is going to help our business going forwards, particularly in Asia and South America as it helps to showthe type of company we are and the standard of work we do. Thanks go to all the staff for their dedication and hard work in getting to this point and for their commitment and hard work in the future.”
Mr Bellingham said: “In 31 years this is only the second time I’ve been to one of these awards presentations so it shows how difficult they are to achieve.”
PCL Ceramics was formed in 2003 following a management buyout, and now operates across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Australia, manufacturing high pressure casting equipment and micro porous resin moulds, often to bespoke specifications.
In 2013, the company won a record £5.45million contract to supply hi-tech manufacturing equipment to the United States, and in the past three years has sold to major new customers in Algeria, Mexico, Thailand and Russia, with help from UK Trade & Investment in identifying new opportunities.
The KL Technologies group includes PCL Ceramics, the market leader in synthetic mould materials and pressure casting systems for the ceramics industry; PIL Membranes, which produces membrane systems for garments, footwear and filtration systems; KLT Filtration, which produces point of use ceramic water filters; Nanoflam, based in Barnsley, which manufactures textile coating products; and Bamberger Koliko, based in Germany, which specialises in book clothes and home furnishings.
Turnover for the group has increased by 67 per cent in the past four years, while in the past two years the group has invested heavily in the sites at Lynn, Barnsley and its overseas facilities.