THE latest winner of the Ulster Bank/Irish Independent Business Achiever's Award is Killarney Plastics, a company which has had a manufacturing presence in Killarney, Co Kerry, since 1973.
In recent years, Killarney Plastics, an ISO 9001:2000 registered company, has almost doubled its manufacturing capacity from 50,000 to 90,000 sq ft, with all of the additional equipment required to cope with increased sales of its new product range.
What is unique about these is that they were developed in-house by the company's own research & development team.
Among the major developments are the TRI-CEL wastewater treatment systems, composite heavy duty showertray and composite high-load resistant trench & manhole covers, all capable of taking vehicular traffic.
Killarney Plastics has also developed a high tech fire retardant train seat, currently being used on the Channel Tunnel trains.
According to Michael Stack, the company's technical director, Killarney Plastics has also perfected an Ultra Violet curing thermoset composite material, together with a Steam Curing composite sheet material, which is being used for relining damaged sewage systems.
The range produced in Killarney extends from relatively simple water tanks to innovative architectural cladding products developed in-house.
For instance, water tanks are one of Killarney Plastics' core products, and as the Irish market leader with 30 years of experience behind the firm, its tanks can be made to meet almost any capacity requirement. At the other end of the scale one of the new products being developed is a range of Architectural cladding materials which the company says can add years to a building's lifespan.
The quality of these products has been internationally recognised, and just last month the company was awarded the prestigious, AVK-TV Composites Award at a ceremony, in Baden-Baden, Germany.
Today the group operates from five locations within Ireland and Britain, from where it exports products to a variety of markets, spread from Hong Kong to Africa to the South Pole!