Limerick engineering company goes global

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

WHILE the recession is make or break time for many Irish companies, one county Limerick business is weathering the storm thanks to interest from overseas in its patented products.

WHILE the recession is make or break time for many Irish companies, one county Limerick business is weathering the storm thanks to interest from overseas in its patented products.

Keltec Engineering, based in Kilmallock, has, in the past six months, secured overseas partners to promote and sell their unique products to the agricultural sector.

Keltec specialises in the design and manufacture of agricultural equipment which is designed to save the end users time and money. The company has patented products which are proving to be very popular across the globe. In recent times, they have experienced increased interest from dealers and distributors from as far away as New Zealand, Scandinavia, Austria, Lithuania, Japan and the UK.

“I guess it’s down to their marketing strategies and the fact that they have quite a unique product range for the agricultural sector,” said business coach and consultant, Joe Power, who is the company’s business development manager.

Since its foundation in 1988, Keltec have diversified from agricultural based products into products for the construction, water treatment and horticultural industries. They have survived the storm that is the recession, thanks to the interest from overseas. “Only for it we would be finding it very difficult for sure,” said the company’s managing director, Thomas Sheedy.

Among the products provided by the company are round bale transporters and bale slicers. “Round bale transporters would be very efficient in that they could collect eight or 10 bales using one machine. This eliminates the need for two or three machines in a field,” Mr Power explained.