The success of Seaward, owner of the Rigel brand, in international electromedcial safety testing markets has been recognised with a prestigious business award.
In the 2015 Insider Made in the North East awards to acknowledge the top performing manufacturing businesses in the region, the Seaward Group was rewarded with first place in the export category.
While the company continues to perform strongly in UK markets, the award was made in response to the company’s expanding overseas focus.
Export sales now account for around 50% of the company’s turnover and grew by 20% in the last year.
Andrew Upton, Seaward managing director, said: “We are delighted to have received this award and it reflects highly on the efforts and commitment of everyone involved in the business.
“We’ve always had a strong overseas market presence and the much improved performance in the last few years reflects our success in adopting a much more strategic approach to our export business.
“We are delighted that this is now bringing results and our focus will be to grow the business even further in the coming years.”
The Insider judges were particularly impressed with the fact that increased exports have led to an increase in the Seaward workforce, as well as the overseas expansion of operations with offices now established in Florida and Malaysia.
The County Durham-based Seaward Group is a market leading manufacturer of advanced electronic test and measurement instruments for a wide range of technical applications in the electrical safety, utilities, electronics manufacturing, electromedical and renewables sectors.