Unicorn Mouldings, a manufacturer of industrial, commercial and domestic flooring is set to create ten new jobs. The jobs in manufacturing and customer service are a result of the company’s recent acquisition of Belgian based Ecoloc flooring with production being relocated to Northern Ireland.
The company currently operates from two production facilities in Lisburn and Markethill manufacturing Flexi-Tile, a revolutionary loose-lay interlocking PVC floor tile. The acquisition of Belgian based company Ecoloc, who pioneered interlocking flooring in 1983 with their Lock-Tile brand, will see production transfer from their facility in Spain to Markethill. The new jobs will see eight positions assigned to the Markethill site with a further two based in Lisburn.
The deal is set to treble the size of Unicorn Mouldings Flexi-Tile business where they currently distribute tiles to Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Denmark, Switzerland and many more. The tiles are injection moulded in a range of finishes suitable for factories, warehouses, gyms, airports, offices and domestic use. The tiles cut down on labour costs and reduce disruption due to quick and easy installation.
Roger Pannell, Managing Director of Unicorn Mouldings said, “In acquiring the successful Ecoloc brand Lock-Tile, we are now enabled to offer customers across Europe and unrivalled product offering. The acquisition strengthens the company’s distribution network and affirms the position as Europe’s largest manufacturer of PVC interlocking floor tiles. The market in this sector is growing, not just in Europe but also worldwide. By aligning all production in Northern Ireland, this indicates our commitment to the local workforce and the Northern Ireland manufacturing industry.”
Stephen Kelly, Chief Executive of Manufacturing NI commented, “We would like to congratulate Roger and the team on this exciting acquisition. This is great news for the company and indeed for manufacturing in Northern Ireland. It opens up new export markets but also increases our production capability at home. This big, brave investment, backing themselves and indeed the NI workforce to be successful is just the type of investment that we should be encouraging. We can, and frequently do, beat the world with our manufacturing, innovation and market development expertise and we are sure that Unicorn Mouldings will be the latest high profile success for Northern Ireland’s manufacturing base.”
Flexi-Tile was recently awarded Best Exporting Business at the Lisburn and Castlereagh Business Awards 2016. Unicorn Mouldings forms part of the FHS Group, a privately owned company with a diverse portfolio of businesses currently exporting to over 40 countries, employing 75 people.