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Companies recognised in 2012 Ireland France Business Awards

Companies recognised in 2012 Ireland France Business Awards

Companies recognised in 2012 Ireland France Business Awards

Pictured: Liam Carmody), Nutricia Infant Nutrition, Robbie Larkin, Killarney Plastics, and Enda Lacey, Tanco Autowrap

Nutricia Infant Nutrition (Group Danone), Tanco Autowrap and Tricel SASU were last night honoured at the 2012 Ireland France Business Awards in Dublin.

Presented by the Ireland France Chamber of Commerce (IFCC) and NetworkIrlande, the annual awards are designed to recognise outstanding business performance and bilateral trade between Ireland and France.

Nutricia Infant Nutrition (Group Danone) was named the Best French Company in Ireland. In the last three years, the company’s turnover has increased by 57pc, while it has made significant investment at its Wexford and Macroom plants.

The jury was impressed by the firm’s outstanding track record of performance in both these plants, which Danone cites as a key reason for its continued expansion in Ireland. The company was also recognised for its engagement with corporate social responsibility initiatives and its commitment to reducing carbon emissions at the Wexford plant.

The accolade for Best Irish Company in France was awarded jointly to agricultural machinery producer Tanco Autowrap Ltd and wastewater treatment systems manufacturer Tricel SASU. 

Tanco Autowrap manufactures a wide range of quality agricultural silage wrapping machinery and exports to over 30 countries worldwide. It has developed a complex application that automatically wraps silage bales, which has enabled it to successfully break into the particularly difficult French market. Tanco now has a sales distribution and customer support hub in Dijon, serving the national market.  Key French partners are the Klaas and John Deere distribution network, alongside a range of dynamic independent dealerships. The firm is targeting 20pc of the French baler market by the end of 2014.

Tricel SASU is a French subsidiary of KMG, a privately owned group of companies headquartered in Killarney. Killarney Plastics, also part of KMG, started trading wastewater treatment systems (WWTS) to the French market in 2009.  In early 2012, sales to the French market switched from Killarney Plastics to Tricel SASU. The growth in sales achieved by Tricel SASU, its strong sales projections and its commitment to creating employment in France and Ireland were the main factors behind the jury’s decision. Thirty-five jobs have been created between France and Ireland in the last year, with a projection of 25 more positions in 2013. The firm is now the fastest growing brand of wastewater treatment systems in Europe. It has a market leading position in France and is expanding at 100pc per annum to achieve strong double digit growth.

“The jury was extremely impressed by the quality of this year’s entrants and also by the high number of applications submitted which led to very strong competition,” said Gerry Halpenny, president of the Ireland France Chamber of Commerce and partner, LK Shields Solicitors. “A broad range of sectors were represented, highlighting the valuable and real business opportunities that exist between Ireland and France at a time when international trade is a key driver of recovery.”