ADM/Packex Toronto May 2017

Durham-Duplex had a successful visit to the UBM ADM/Packex show in Toronto 16-18May 2017.  As ever it was a chance to see old friends and meet new customers for Carl Foster, the International Sales Director who has taken to informing us that he has clocked 69,000 air miles so far in 2017.  Mark Risden, our North American Sales Manager (pictured), enjoyed his first trip to Canada and meeting our Canadian customers with Carl.  As Carl said “We had a successful show and had a lot of interest from a wide range of companies from converters to food processers.  We look forward to 2019 already!”

Health & Safety Scotland April 2017

Durham-Duplex enjoyed a successful show at the Scottish Health and Safety Exhibition in April 2017.

Sales Manager Alex Smith said “This is always a good show and the DD range of safety knives proved very popular with the visitors.  They particularly like the OLFA range of knives.”

For more information contact Alex on 0114 243 2313 or [email protected]

Med Tech 2017

Durham Duplex had a successful Med Tech 2017 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, home of the mighty Wasps Rugby Club.

MD Charles Turner said “We wanted to showcase the AccuTEC Blades range of medical production and medical blades in a UK context and Med Tech allowed us the opportunity to talk to customers not only about the AccuTEC range of blades but also for our own packaging knives manufactured here in Sheffield.”



Sheffield Half Marathon

Richard Kirtley, one of DD’s Export team,  did his bit for charity at the weekend completing the Sheffield Half Marathon in a creditable 1 hour 32 minutes and beating his Mother in the process whilst simultaneously beating his personal best time by 40 seconds.  It was a hot day and a difficult course but Clive Wren, DD’s roving photographer, snapped Richard in full flight on the way back in to town and also celebrating with his Family afterwards.  Well done Richard!




DD’s Easter Bunny

Durham-Duplex ha been helping our Technical Engineer Gabriele Minacapilli to collect Easter Eggs as p[art of his role within the Junior Chambers International.  As you can see he makes a fetching Easter Bunny as he delivered 370 Easter Eggs to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital in behalf of JCI.  As Gabriele said ” It was an awesome result and many thanks to everyone for their contribution.”


H&S Show at NEC 23 – 25 March 2017

Durham-Duplex had a successful exhibition at the Health & Safety show it the NEC.  Area Sales Manager (South) Alex Smith said ” People love our wide range of safety knives and other cutting solutions.  As the show has expanded the visitors specialisations have changed from a  very narrow H&S focus to include maintenance engineers and a much broader requirement for our products.  Martin Flanagan, my oppo for the North of UK, had a very good show as well as our quality knives reduce the frequency of maintenance periods which makes everyone happy.”  As you can see from the photo Martin was delighted to be at the Show.  For more information and to contact Alex or Martin call 0114 243 2313 or email [email protected]

ICE-X Munich 21-23 March 2017

Durham-Duplex had another successful exhibition at the International Converting Exhibition in the Messe Munchen between 21st -23rd March 2017.  This is a Biennial event which brings together film & foil converting companies from across Europe and beyond in a specialist exhibition.  International Sales Director Carl Foster added “This event really plays to our strengths with our product range of circular slitters and industrial razor blades.  In particular it allows us to show off our XCD line of slitting blades for humid environments, the excellent Endurium range of razor blades and the new AccuTEC Gem Runner dispenser.”  If you missed the show but would like more details on XCD or Durham-Duplex’s range of converting products please contact [email protected] or call +44(0) 114 243 2313.

Empack 2017

Durham-Duplex are exhibiting at Empack in the NEC on 1st and 2nd March 2017.  This is the first time Durham-Duplex has exhibited at the show and the sales team are looking forward to meeting with customers to show off the full range of Made in Sheffield Packaging knives.  If you would like more information please contact the UK sale team on 0114 243 2313 or [email protected]

Happy Birthday Carl


Carl Foster, Durham-Duplex’s long serving International sales Director, celebrated his 50th Birthday today.

After 32 years with the company he definitely deserved the cake but H&S rules meant that we could only add a representative 20% of the candles in order to avoid setting off the smoke detectors.

All the Directors and Staff at Durham-Duplex wish Carl many happy returns of the day!


Halloween at DD

All Hallows Eve brings out the best (or worst) in people and the staff at Durham -Duplex have got stuck in with the Tricks and Treats expected.  With special visits by Spiderman, the Mummy and many other favourites from stage and screen everyone enjoyed the “fuddle” lunch.

The Winner of the Fancy dress competition was the Mad Nun AKA Louise Paulton who also walked down to the Carwood Road Factory in full costume.


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Gulfood Manufacturing 7-9 Nov 2016

Durham-Duplex are delighted to announce that they will be exhibiting at the Gulfood Manufacturing exhibition at the Dubai World Trade Centre 7th -9th  November  2016 on stand Z2 C61 as part of the UK Pavilion.  MD Charles Turner said ” This is a great opportunity to develop our sales into the Region and also to meet with existing customers.  I am particularly excited by the interest in our machine knives  and the opportunity to show our full range food processing and packaging blades to such a global audience.  It is well known that the Region recognises the value of quality products  and we hope to attract increased levels of business, not only for our products but also for the PERSONNA Skinner and Samuel Stainiforth Professional Cooks knives we will have on the stand.”  To register to visit the show either sign up on line or contact [email protected] or call +44 (0) 114 243 2313 and ask to speak to the export team.


Health and Safety show Bolton 12-13 Oct 2016

Hot on the heels of the Total show and our 4th exhibition in 5 weeks Paul and Martin have trundled to the North West to the Health & Safety show in Bolton.   Delightfully for them it was a very good show with a lot of interest in the Durham-Duplex range of safety hand knives including the exclusive OLFA from Japan and PERSONNA branded product lines from USA.  If you missed the show and would like more details please contact [email protected] or call 0114 243 2313.  It is better to be safe than sorry!




MacMillan Coffee Morning and Cake Sale

The Accounts and Admin team at Durham-Duplex went “cake crazy” for the 2016’s Coffee morning for the MacMillan Nurses Cancer Charity.  With donation from the bakers across the Company and an ever willing army of colleagues happy to pay for the delicious treat the Company raised £300 for the Charity. The photos show the selection of delicacies and also two of the key bakers, Duncan Bagshaw and Louise Paulton,  who suggested that DD got involved. Well done everyone!

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TOTAL Show 27-29 Sep 2016

Durham-Duplex have had a great TOTAL 2016 Process and Packaging show at the NEC 27-29 September.    The show focusses on food processing and packaging which are at the core of the Company’s knife offering.  As UK sales Director Paul Bottomley says “We like TOTAL and it fits in very well with our target market sectors.  It is nice to meet up with existing customers and also to get new enquiries from end users in the diverse food processing and packaging industry sectors.  Our skilled workforce mean that Durham-Duplex is more than able to manufacture  pretty much any enquiry in our Sheffield factories.”



Durham-Duplex and the EU Referendum

The result of the EU Referendum conducted on 23rd June 2016 is now known and the UK Electorate have voted to leave the European Union.  However, although voting was a simple matter of placing a cross in a box the actual withdrawal will be a complex process as UK negotiates its relationship with our neighbours in Europe.  In the meantime business goes on and as Durham-Duplex did prepare itself for both potential outcomes in the referendum we are ready for its challenges.  So our skilled engineers will still be manufacturing machine knives and industrial blades here in the Sheffield factories and the sales team look forward to continuing to trade globally with our customers in UK, EU and beyond.  UK has only voted to leave the EU not to disengage from global trade.  If you have any queries or would like us to give you a quotation for your product requirements please do contact us at [email protected] for UK based enquiries or at [email protected] for International enquiries.