A manufacturer of electrical components for road and rail infrastructure has reported a 15% rise in exports over the last three years.
Exports at the Salford-based Conductix-Wampfler, a subsidiary of the Delachaux Group which is valued at Eu800m, accounted for 27% of Wampfler’s overall sales. Exports rose from £1.3m in 2009 to £1.5m in 2012.
The firm saw orders rise by over 30% during the first quarter of 2012, taking sales worth £2.1m between January and April compared to the £1.5m recorded during 2011.
Managing director Alan Jones said that further growth is likely to come from exports as emerging economies invest in large-scale infrastructure projects.
The company has signed deals in China, India, Canada, Taiwan, Africa and South America over the last year.
Mr Jones highlighted the need to establish relationships in the Middle East, which has resulted in strong sales of conductor bars, particularly in Saudi Arabia.
This has been backed by an increase in orders for electrification equipment to power overhead cranes in the Gulf region. Throughout the last year the company has secured orders from the rail sector with its metro system equipment.
He said the firm, which employs 31 people at its Salford manufacturing site, is now targeting South America as a major growth territory after the company secured its first deal there in May. “Our team is focused on driving sales in this region and we have a number of exciting projects in Brazil later in the year as it builds towards hosting the World Cup and Olympics in the next four years.”
Kimberley Barber and Tom Moore