Tekmar Energy, the cable protection specialist, has been presented with the prestigious Export Award at the North East Business Awards.
The company received the recognition on Thursday night at the annual event that recognises exceptional business and innovation in the Durham and Wearside region.
The award caps a remarkable 12 months for the firm that has seen it begin work in the United States and the Middle East for the first time while continuing to build on its position as the partner of choice for operators in Europe. In all, overseas sales accounted for an impressive 86% of Tekmar’s total sales in 2014.
James Ritchie, chief executive officer at Tekmar, said: “Our overseas growth has been as the result of a long-term strategy. We are continuing to win contracts at home and overseas with the move into new international regions going hand in hand with the opening of our new manufacturing facilities in Newton Aycliffe.”
The company established itself in the US market after forming a strategic partnership with American company Whitman Consulting Group and has gone on to build relationships with developers and installers through the supply of its cable protection systems on numerous US wind farms which are currently in development.
The worldwide growth of the company has been reinforced by the introduction to market of the firm’s latest innovation, TekTube®. The product has been specifically designed as a solution for future projects to continue to help drive down cost reduction, improve offshore installation rates and ensure cable integrity for the service life typically 25 years.