Wed 21st Mar 2018
NI Chamber Exporter Forum highlights Almac Group’s essence of success
Pictured at the latest Danske Bank Export First event are Kevin Reid (Almac Group); Sandra Scannell (NI Chamber) and Aaron Ennis (Danske Bank).
Kevin Reid, Global Vice President of Marketing at Almac Group, shared the inspirational export growth story of the pharmaceutical giant with more than 50 businesses from across Northern Ireland at an event held at the company’s Craigavon base earlier today (21 March 2018).
The Exporter Forum event, which included a tour of Almac Group facilities, formed part of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Danske Bank Export First initiative which seeks to encourage and grow export activity by providing a vehicle to share the inspirational journeys of some of Northern Ireland’s most successful exporters.
Speaking at the event, Kevin Reid, Global VP of Marketing at Almac Group, commented:
“We were delighted to host the Danske Bank Export First Event with the NI Chamber of Commerce. As a global organisation, Almac has vast experience in exporting with our teams shipping over 250,000 consignments to 80 countries each year.
“Having just announced the official opening of our new £20 million cold store based at our global HQ site in Craigavon, we were very proud to host the event in our new facility offering attendees the chance to tour the state-of-the-art building. We hope that in sharing our experiences, knowledge and real life scenarios with members of the Chamber we can help to further promote and grow export activity across the region.”
Founded by the late Sir Allen McClay in 2002, Almac Group is an established contract development and manufacturing organisation providing integrated services to the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, across the globe.
The Group is a leader in drug discovery, clinical trials, and the commercialisation of products. The width of activities has taken the company into advanced research and development as well as forging commercial links with market leaders in related sectors.
As well as operations in the British Isles, Almac also has bases in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California, and in Singapore and Tokyo. The company employs nearly 5,000 people around the world.
Aaron Ennis, Head of North Business Centre at Danske Bank, commented:
“We have heard from many prominent players in the export community since the Export First programme began, but few, if any, have the global reach of the Almac Group.
“The opportunities for local firms to grow their business and the wider economy through export are vast. This event provided both informative background on Almac’s export journey and practical insights into the everyday logistics and legal considerations for their export operations. It’s this sharing of experience and knowledge from NI’s leading companies that makes the Export First events so valuable for new or aspiring exporters.”
Sandra Scannell, Head of Business Services at NI Chamber, said:
“Almac Group is one of Northern Ireland’s most successful exporters and is renowned as a leader in the biopharmaceutical industry across the world. NI Chamber is delighted that our members had the opportunity to hear the inspirational story of its phenomenal growth and success.”