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York-based Portasilo, which specialises in the design and manufacture of bulk material handling systems for clients in the food, water, energy, chemicals, nuclear and construction sectors, has been shortlisted in a new industry awards scheme for its export success.
UK trade association the Solids Handling and Processing Association (SHAPA) organised the awards to recognise the achievements of organisations that provide equipment and services for the handling and processing of solids and powders.
SHAPA member Portasilo has been shortlisted for the Export Award, which recognises organisations, which have achieved a step change in their export activities, either by a percentage increase in exports or success in opening up new markets.
Portasilo has increased its sales outside the UK from just 10% of turnover in 2008 to approximately 30% in 2013, with particularly strong growth in the Indian market. The company has established two offices in India: the Chennai office opened in 2008, followed by the Pune office, near Mumbai, in 2012. The teams offer a full range of services, from design through to project management, installation and commissioning.
Specialised bulk-handling system components, such as Rotoflo dischargers, filters and fluid cones are manufactured by Portasilo in the UK and shipped over to India. Other major components, such as silos, hoppers, piping, instruments and electrical parts are fabricated by carefully selected suppliers in India.
Portasilo Managing Director Neil Gardiner said: "To date, Portasilo has supplied bulk-handling plants throughout India with more than 130 silos, 15km of conveying pipework and more than 150 market-leading Rotoflo dischargers.
"We are proud and honoured to be shortlisted in these new awards, which will help the industry to further raise its profile in global markets such as India, where British manufactured quality products continue to do well."
The awards were organised by SHAPA in association with Solids & Bulk Handling Magazine. Winners were announced at an awards dinner at the National Brewery Centre in Burton on Trent on April 14.