Manufacturer targets £2m of exports in 3 years as new products launched

A North West manufacturer has announced a trio of new products as it targets £2m of exports in the next three years.

Wirral-based Heap & Partners wants to ramp up its exports to international markets, and company bosses say the move signals a “major boost” for manufacturing in the region.

The firm said it will soon start making hi-tech plastic diaphragm valves, spring check valves and air distribution manifolds at its HQ in Birkenhead.

The products are set to be used on major oil and gas and life science projects across the world.

Heap & Partners’ managing director, David Millar said: “In a tough economic climate all of us in business are determined to do everything we can to safeguard jobs by boosting our international exports.

A valve made by Heap & Partners

“With these new product lines we are increasingly optimistic that we can survive and thrive as the UK looks to recover from the lockdown imposed during the coronavirus crisis.

“Never before has manufacturing been so vital for the Northern Powerhouse and the British economy as a whole.”

The move comes despite an increasingly challenging economic climate for manufacturers across the UK due to the coronavirus.

Founded in 1866, Heap & Partners is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and distributors of fluid control equipment.

Earlier this year, the firm was shortlisted in the emerging markets category of the Northern Powerhouse Export Awards.

The Princess Royal visited Heap & Partners, to commemorate its 150th year back in 2016

Heap & Partners has pursued a three-pronged ‘People, Planet, and Profit’ strategy since 2012, which sees the business work on a whole host of environmental and community initiatives.

Last year, it supported 42 staff volunteering days and matched £12,000 in funding for charities.

Heaps is encouraging staff to go vegetarian one day a week to help reduce the environmental impact of meat and dairy.

The firm is a partner of Wirral Council’s Apprenticeship programme regularly hiring Wirral residents who are not in employment, education or training. 

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