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Ulster to invest £30m

Ulster-investmentUlster Carpets is to invest £30m modernising and expanding its production facilities at Portadown, County Armagh.

Work will begin in the next few weeks with the demolition of all old buildings. The first phase of the investment will fund the building of a new £6.5m dyehouse and energy centre providing state of the art dyeing equipment and significantly improving the energy efficiency of the site. Future phases will include the adoption of new weaving and finishing technology to meet the demands of future growth.

The investment is part of the company's long term commitment to creating and securing jobs, strengthening the local economy and underpinning its position as a premium player in the world Axminster carpet business.

'Three years ago we made a strategic decision to keep our manufacturing base in Portadown and to continue to invest heavily in innovative technology along with providing a high level of excellence in service and quality. However, it is the ongoing commitment and endeavour of our people which sets us apart from the competition,' says Nick Coburn, Ulster md.

Pictured is an artist's impression of the new dyehouse and energy centre.