INTERPLAS and PPMA Show 2017

Durham-Duplex had a great show at INTERPLAS and the PPMA Show at the NEC over 26th  – 28th September.  UK Sales Director Paul Bottomley said “This is an important show for us with our wide range of products so being able to straddle both shows was a great return for us.  We saw many, many customers from both shows and also had a lot of enquiries from people unaware of what we have to offer.” If you missed the show and would like more information call 01142432313 or email [email protected]


Mistress Cutler’s challenge golf day

As Durham-Duplex’s part of the Mistress Cutler’s challenge a golf day was organised by Alex Smith, Gabrielle Minacipilli  and Richard Kirtley at the Birley Wood golf course.  Below are a few images including the team with Denise Crisell from Cavendish Cancer Care one of the Mistresses chosen charities.  Mark Herod won the splendid (!?!) trophy although we think Peter was probably the better golfer on the day,  any how fun was had – well done the young ones for organising and raising about £200 for the Mistress’ challenge.

Healthy and Safety Day 3rd July 2017

Durham-Duplex takes H&S seriously and so took a full day to refresh the whole workforce on general H&S matters, like PPE and Duty of care, plus ensured everyone was up to date on what to do in case of fire and basic life saving first aid including the use of the Company Defibrillators.  It was also an opportunity to get a photo of the Company with the trainers after a very useful and productive day.

As it was an all day event the Directors also ensured everyone was well fed to maintain attention.  It should be noted that not only were Fish and Chips provided but the “Healthy” side of the event was reinforced by oodles of fruit being available as well.

Finally, a secret of our success can now be shared.  Durham-Duplex is not only a Family orientated Company that has mastered the manufacture of industrial blades and machine knives but it is a Company that has also developed cloning.  The following photograph of UK sales Team’s Rob Nell and his brood proves that not only Gru from “Despicable Me” has Minions!


Bon Voyage Jayne

After 33 years in Durham-Duplex Jayne Murphy has retired to her Allotment.  A lot has happened whilst she has been with the Company.  She was the first person to use a PC back in the day and saw the Accounts office move at least 4 times around the building.

The photos show Jayne with the Accounts and Admin team on her last day.  We also include some of here colleagues from the 1980s including Stuart Barnes the MD who first brought in PC’s.

Jayne, thank you and enjoy your Monday mornings!

Pro Pack Asia 2017

Durham-Duplex has another successful exhibition at ProPack Asia in Bangkok 14-17 June 2017.  This show is the major Asian showcase for the food processing and packaging industries which plays right into the capabilities of Durham-Duplex.  International Sales Director Carl Foster said ” This is always a busy and interesting show for us.  Fortunately our mix of product, local team  and wide knowledge base means we avoid the tyre kickers and maximise the potential of selling into the region.  Being on the UK stand is also a great bonus as GB companies have a reputation for quality.”

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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