The Northern Ireland arm of Japanese manufacturing giant Ryobi will host an onsite visit from members of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) this month.
The firm, which makes components for the automobile industry from a 32,000 sq metres site in Carrickfergus, will host the latest NI Chamber & Danske Bank Export First event on the morning of March 27.
From establishing a local presence in 1990 with one customer and a small workforce, Ryobi is one of Northern Ireland’s leading exporters and employers, supplying car industry giants including Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot Citroen, Ford, Volkswagen and Skoda and employing over 500 people.
David Watson, Managing Director at the firm, will take delegates through the company’s highly successful export story with sales forecasted at £100m by 2019.
Delegates will also have the opportunity to take a tour and gain a first-hand insight of Ryobi’s production facility.
Sandra Scannell, Head of Business Support at NI Chamber, said: “NI Chamber members are looking forward to hearing the inspirational story of Ryobi’s phenomenal growth and success.
“The event will provide attendees with a platform to maximise on the experiences shared by Ryobi, whilst also providing a forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities that currently exist for exporters.”
Aaron Ennis, Head of North Business Centre for Danske Bank, said: “The visit to Ryobi as part of the Export First programme will provide a valuable insight into the workings of one of Northern Ireland’s most successful exporters.
“For those of us in professions that support businesses such as Ryobi, the chance to go on site and get a tour of the company’s production facility will be a fantastic opportunity to gain first hand insights from a world class company.
“Northern Ireland’s leading export businesses have become accustomed to regularly adapting to significant change and as we near the outcome of the Brexit process, Danske Bank believes it is important to bring together like-minded businesses at these events to learn from one another and share their experiences of selling outside of Northern Ireland.”
The Danske Bank Export First event takes place at Ryobi in Carrickfergus on March 27 from 9.30-11.30am. For further information and to register visit www.northernirelandchamber.com