UK manufacturer Alvan Blanch wins Queen’s Award for expanding exports

Grain Cleaning Drying and Storage System – Uganda 

The United Kingdom based manufacturer Alvan Blanch, has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2019 in the ‘International Trade – Outstanding Achievement’ category. The awards, announced today, (Tuesday 23rd April) are the most prestigious business accolades within the UK.

This is the third time that the company has received the award – having won previously in 2005 and 2012. Alvan Blanch is the only company, within the agricultural sector, to have received an award within the International Trade category.

Alvan Blanch is a manufacturer of post-harvest processing machinery and industrial drying systems. With regular markets in every inhabited continent, the company has focused on using its international trade to drive growth, while maintaining its established UK customer base.

Understanding the challenges and changes of fast-moving markets has been crucial for Alvan Blanch to achieve its international success. In addition to a well-known grain drier business, Alvan Blanch boasts dedicated engineering and design teams who are constantly working on product enhancement and R&D.

The last five years have seen a large expansion in global operations for the Wiltshire based manufacturer. The company has opened sales offices and service centres in several markets in Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe, benefitting customer and dealer relationships.

Managing Director, Andrew Blanch says: We are very proud to have won this award for the third time; it represents a great achievement by everyone here.  When we first won it 14 years ago we had managed £3million of export sales, the award in 2012 reflected sharp growth of exports to £8million, while now we have reached £12million.  Over that period, we have doubled our workforce to 120 and we have recently invested very heavily in manufacturing automation and in expanding our factory.  We now have a world-class manufacturing facility that enables us to compete in highly demanding global markets with our world beating products.  But all of that has only been made possible by our 4-fold export sales growth over the 14 years between these awards.

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