Ulster Carpets to roll out energy strategy at NI Chamber & SONI Forum

    One of Northern Ireland’s leading manufacturers will share how the company has adopted a number of cost saving measures in terms of energy at an event organised by Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce (NI Chamber) in partnership with System Operator for Northern Ireland (SONI).

    Ulster Carpets will share its energy strategy at the latest Energy Forum event being held at the Ulster Carpets Castleisland Factory in Portadown this September.

    The world renowned firm opened a new Dye House and Energy Centre at its headquarters in 2017 which not only facilitate a number of manufacturing efficiencies, but also many environmental benefits in line with the company’s Sustainability Policy.

    Pictured at Ulster Carpets are Eddie Ruddell (Quality and Environmental Systems Manager at Ulster Carpets Group); Natasha Sayee (Senior Lead Public Affairs Specialist at SONI); Nick Coburn (Group Managing Director, Ulster Carpets Group) and Christopher Morrow (Head of Policy at NI Chamber).

    The new facilities costing £10m, are part of a £35m investment by the third-generation family firm which is a major supplier of luxurious Axminster carpets, with exports now accounting for 70% of company sales.  The new technology being introduced to the manufacturing company’s processes, will ultimately improve capacity by more than 20%.

    The new energy centre includes a dedicated steam production plant and advanced heat recovery system so that energy supply can match demand and reduce the environmental impact of the company’s work.

    Nick Coburn, Ulster Carpets Group Managing Director and Deputy Chairman, said: “Our new Dye House and Energy Centre with its own dedicated steam production plant and advanced heat recovery system is able to match supply to demand leading to a significant reduction in the environmental impact of the process, in line with Ulster’s ambitious environmental goals.

    “This new facility, designed to improve energy efficiency and to reduce the company’s energy costs, completes the first phase of our major £40 million regeneration and capital investment programme.”

    Christopher Morrow, NI Chamber Head of Policy and Communications said: “Ulster Carpets has made a substantial investment in reducing energy costs and ensuring its impact on the environment is positive. The new Dye House and Energy Centre has resulted in an increase in efficiency and productivity increase while vastly decreasing the firm’s use of energy and production of waste.  The company is a shining example of what can be achieved through investing in processes which reduce energy requirements.”

    Also speaking at the event are Neasa Quigley, Partner at Carson McDowell solicitors and Joe Reynolds from the Energy Division at the Department for the Economy. Both will discuss the importance, and required content, of a future Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland.

    The NI Chamber & SONI Energy Forum provides a bridge between energy providers and large energy users in Northern Ireland. It meets four times per year and shares best practice on energy efficiency and inform businesses of significant changes ahead.

    The Energy Forum will take place on 25 September at Ulster Carpets, Castleisland Factory, Garvaghy Road, Portadown starting at 09:30am until 11:45am, concluding with a tour of the Dye House and Energy Centre.