IFFA 2019

Durham-Duplex had a very exciting IFFA 2019 and the show was the perfect opportunity to highlight Accutec Blades range of Personna skinner blades as well as DD’s own range of knives for meat processing and packaging. Visitors had the opportunity to discus their requirements with both the Durham-Duplex and Accutec Blades teams on the stand through out the show. As European Sales Manager David Piper says “We find that exhibiting at the big German shows, especially those that only happen every 3 years, pay dividend compared to trying to just walk the show on a visitors pass as we also get to meet many people drawn in by the quality of our products on the stand. The reputation of Personna’s Skinner blades across the industry for high quality skinner blades is well earned and people always like to stop and discuss supply at the booth. We were also delighted to be joined by our American colleagues from Accutec Blades which adds to our ability to work the stand and the show to meet existing and new customers.” As you can see from the photos David had a good time in Frankfurt

David Piper on the Stand
Rick Gagliano and Randy Herman from Accutec Blades with David Piper on the Stand
The display cabinet detail

Sheffield Half Marathon

Credit where credit is due and DD’s International Sales Development Manager Richard Kirtley ran the Sheffield Half Marathon in under 1 hour 30 mins on 14th April 2019. That is a good performance from him. Richard, in purple (below) at the 2 mile mark, was running with his brother who turned up late for the start and still proceeded to beat Richard! Good effort to both runners.

Health & Safety 2019 at the NEC

Durham-Duplex had a successful show at the Health and Safety Event at the NEC 9 -11 April 2019. There has been a lot of change in the industry so delegates were pleased to see that Durham-Duplex remains unchanged with an expanding range of OLFA and DD safety hand knives. As UK Sales Director Paul Bottomley explained “This event is the flagship event for H&S and we enjoy the opportunity to meet existing and new customers from up and down the Country in such a focussed environment. As OLFA’s Industrial Distributor in the UK Martin and Alex have the privilege of showing off their Safety knife range at this event and it always delivers for us.”

Alex Smith and Martin Flanagan enjoying the NEC

ICE-X 2019

Durham- Duplex are looking forward to the International Converting Exhibition (ICE-X) in Munich in March 2019. As EU Sales Manager David Piper said ” This is an important show for Durham-Duplex and a great opportunity to met with the Converting Industry in one place. Durham-Duplex has been making thee converting blades for over a century so this show really tickles our sweet spot and will be an important meeting place to outline how the Company will be “business as usual” post BREXIT.”

EM Pack 2019

Durham-Duplex have exhibited at the EM Pack Easy fair show at the NEC 27-28th February 2019. The event was well attended and as ever there was a lot of interest in the Durham-Duplex range. As UK sales Director Paul Bottomley says “This has been a good show for us over the years as it is a demanding audience who need cutting edge products which is where Durham-Duplex excel.”

The picture shows Alex Smith and Martin Flanagan ready for the next enquiries at the show.

Southern Manufacturing 2019

Durham-Duplex enjoyed their time exhibiting at Southern Manufacturing in Farnborough 5 – 8th February 2019. Alex Smith , the Area Sales Manager (South) said “I walked the show as a visitor last year and saw how buzzy and vibrant the event was so thought it would be a good idea to exhibit in 2019. It is a wide ranging show but as Durham-Duplex’s products are used in many different industries there has been a nice synergy between our offering and the visitors requirements.” 

UK Sales Director Paul Bottomley agreed “This is a different show but it has been a good one, despite all the annoying reps selling R&D tax credits, banking and websites on day one.  But after these all left and the manufacturers could get in we had a successful show.”

For more information contact Paul or Alex at [email protected]

Gulfood Manufacturing November 2018

Durham-Duplex enjoyed another Gulfood Manufacturing event in Dubai increasing the interest in the Company’s products from across the region.  As Carl Foster, International Sales Director, said ” it is an expensive event but one that draws in people from across the region and people that are looking for DD’s booth and the UK Pavilion as they need support which we can offer.”

DD goes Solar

Durham-Duplex are delighted that their Walmsley Works facility on Lyons Street is now virtually off grid with a new investment in Solar panels.  Operations Manager Oskar Solvason said “DD tries to minimise our impact on the environment and solar power is the latest in a string of measures taken to be as green as possible.  This investment and the renewables generated  energy used for the factories means that we have successfully reduced our carbon footprint and are looking for new sustainable ideas to keep improving without affecting production quality.”  Lets hope the sun keeps shining!

EMPACK Belgium

Durham-Duplex had an excellent time in Belgium for EMPACK meeting many new customers in a busy show.  David Piper, EU Sales Manager, enjoyed the event massively and commented ” This was a surprisingly good show and the quality of the exhibits were very high which drew in many visitors who all used knives.  The colocation with the Logistics show also generated a lot of interest in the safety knives for that industry and meant that the chip shop between halls was operating although the Jury is still out about mayo and frites.  The only sadness was that our exhibitors passes did not let us into the SMURF show next door.”

Master Cutlers Charity Fundraising

Durham-Duplex were very pleased to receive a Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice certificate showing that the Company had raised over £1,000 from a series of events as part of the Master Cutler’s Challenge in 2018.

Well done to the organisers, donors, supporters and participants for raising this sum and particularly to Philip Nowak for arranging the football matches.  The company attended the Ball at the end of the Challenge which was a fitting celebration.

Gulfood Manufacturing Dubai Nov 2018

Once again Durham-Duplex will be exhibiting at the Gulfood Manufacturing exhibition in Dubai 6-8 Nov 2018.  This large international exhibition has exhibitors drawn from across the world and region.  As Richard Kirtley, MEA Sales Development Manager, says “Dubai brings a large cross section of companies across our stand in 3 days, many of which we could not reach without attending this show.  This has helped us  build lasting relationships with attendees and other exhibitors all of which has led to increased sales in the region.  the common factor is always quality products that meet and exceed specifications to ensure trouble free operations for the customers.  Which is exactly what Durham-Duplex offers whether with our own machine knives and industrial blades or with the Personna range of skinner and industrial blades.”

Health and Safety Show – North

Alex Smith and Martin Flanagan had a successful Health & Safety North exhibition at Event City in Manchester 9 – 10 Oct 2018.  Alex said “This event went very well with a lot of people coming to see the full range of products having seen a snap shot at either PPMA or RWM in September.  As ever the OLFA range gets a lot of interest but the DD range also proves ever popular particularly our Polyslits, Springers, Roll Cutter and auto retracting handles.”

PPMA Show 25 – 27 September 2018

Looking mighty fine against the purple PPMA carpet Durham-Duplex are exhibiting at the PPMA show in the NEC 25 – 27th September.  This annual event brings in PPMA’s food processing and packaging members from across the country to create a well focussed event.  Paul Bottomley, the UK sales Director, said” PPMA works for us because we handle all aspects of the industry from processing and packaging through to boxing, unboxing and recycling with our range of machine knives, industrial blades and safety hand knives.  The three days here at the NEC is always worthwhile and will set our course for the rest of the year.”  If you are unable to attend the event but would like more information or a quote for your cutting requirement please contact Paul and his team on [email protected] or call 0114 243 2313.

Health and Safety Scotland 2018

Durham-Duplex went North for the Scottish Health and Safety show in Glasgow in September 2018.  As ever the OLFA product on show got a lot of interest as did the range of DD safety knives displayed.  Paul Bottomley said ” This is always a good show for us as the Scottish buyers understand the need for a reliable safety knife to minimise blade related injuries in factories and retail.”

Sleeping Rough for Charity

Durham-Duplex would like to congratulate our Technical Assistant Gabriele Minacapilli for spending a night sleeping outside the Sheffield Cathedral in support of the Cathedral’s Archer Project.  In the process he raised £190 for the charity which Gabs thought was a good return from a missed nights sleep.  Well done!