Safety & Health Excel London June 2019

Durham-Duplex are exhibiting at Safety & Health at Excel in London Docklands 18 – 20th June. They are exhibiting their range of safety hand knives and in particular OLFA products. As Alex Smith, DD’s UK South Area manager, said: ” Its always an awful trip to get here but once you are over that it is a good show with plenty of footfall from interested parties that would never schlep up to Birmingham for a show. So, for us, bringing our range of safety knives and the OLFA down to London pays dividend, especially with the OLFA products being such a popular range.”

Alex on the stand ay Excel London

ProPack Asia 2019

Durham-Duplex exhibited at Pro Pack Asia for the 11th time between 12th – 15th June 2019. The show attracts visitors and exhibitors from across the ASEAN Region and Durham-Duplex enjoyed a high footfall over the 4 days.

As the International Sales Director Carl Foster said “ProPack is the big show in the region and elicits a lot of interest and high visitor numbers. This works well for us with our wide range of products and depth of knowledge in both the British and Thai staff. BITEC is a great venue for the event with its easy connections to Bangkok and the Airport. We had another great exhibition and will return in 2020.”

Carl and the exhibition team
K Churtchai on the stand
“Big Boss” talking Accutec Skinner blades
Visiting staff from DD(SEA)

Durham-Duplex didn’t forget the Cupcakes for Alzheimer’s

Durham-Duplex did not forget the cupcakes, cakes, quiches and brownies as they baked up a storm for Alzhemers on 13th June. Sharon Taylor challenged the company to show their baking skills in support of Alzheimers and the results were not only delicious but also raised £300. Well done all involved.

The groaning table of baking loveliness

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.”