Weir on top of the world after major accolade

Weir Minerals Europe, based on Halifax Road, Todmorden, has won the Queen's Award for Enterrprise for the second time
Weir Minerals Europe, based on Halifax Road, Todmorden, has won the Queen's Award for Enterrprise for the second time

A manufacturer is celebrating after winning a prestigious business award for the second time after significant growth in its overseas trade.

Weir Minerals Europe, which has its headquarters on Halifax Road, Todmorden, has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of the growth it has achieved in international trade over the past six years.

Tony Locke, managing director of Weir Minerals Europe, said: “The Queen’s Award is a stamp of excellence recognised not only in the UK, but also internationally.

“A combination of hard work, technical expertise and the ability to adapt to changing market conditions has allowed us to continue to build our international presence and become a supplier of choice for customers in every territory and sector in which we operate.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our employees for their commitment over the past six years and beyond, without which this achievement would not have been possible.”

The business - part of the FTSE 100 Weir Group PLC - manufactures high-performance equipment for the mining, mineral processing, and power and industrial markets.

More than 90 per cent of its revenue comes from overseas sales. The business serves customers in more than 20 countries, including many of the world’s biggest mining and industrial companies.

In recent years, Weir Minerals has invested heavily in its service presence, launching new centres in Germany, Benelux, Scandinavia, Ukraine, Hungary, Spain, Turkey and Poland.

The business has also recently upgraded its production facilities at the Todmorden site - which dates back to 1893 - with a £5 million expansion to increase capacity, improve efficiency, reduce lead time to customers and create employment opportunities.

The business first won the award in 2008 in recognition of its outstanding performance in international trade.