Ulster team up with two NI companies for Landmark Project
We were delighted to welcome Northern Ireland Transport Minister Danny Kennedy MLA to our County Armagh headquarters this week. This visit celebrated Ulster Carpets partnership with two prestigious NI companies on an exciting and high profile project.
Translink (Northern Ireland Public Transport provider) is embarking on a refurbishment programme of the Enterprise rail service, a cross border route, running between Belfast and Dublin. This has become one of the regions busiest rail services since its launch in 1997, boasting both commuter and tourist trade. Translink plans to refurbish each of their Enterprise trains to improve customer experience and create a more contemporary environment.
Part of this overhaul will include laying bespoke axminster carpets throughout the carriages, supplied by Floors for Living NI and manufactured by Ulster Carpets in Portadown. Mr Kennedy commented on the importance of the scheme;
“This investment is another important step forward in the development of this flagship train service which was first launched in 1997. The major overhaul programme is crucial to ensure the long term reliability of this cross-border rail service which offers a vital transport link supporting trade and tourism.”
Mr Kennedy was accompanied by Ian Campbell, Translink Director of Rail Operations, William McCullagh, Technical Engineer (Translink) Bernard Hughes, Managing Director of Floors for Living Ltd, Brett Lawrence, Contract Manager (Floors for Living NI), Joyce McIvor (Ulster Carpets Contract Sales Manager for NI) Elaine Patterson, Ulster Carpets Contract Sales Director who commented;
“Ulster Carpets is delighted to be working with both Floors for Living (NI) and Translink, manufacturing bespoke axminster carpet for the Enterprise refurbishment programme. We take pride in the high quality of our products and the fact that all our carpets are manufactured in Portadown. To be able to work with two Northern Ireland companies on a project which will directly improve the customer experience of local people is a real privilege and speaks volumes for the quality of industry in the province. We are looking forward to seeing the contemporary design in situ within the revamped trains and know they will add to the relaxing, modern feel.”
The new look Enterprise service will be rolled out by the end of 2015 and we are looking forward to seeing our Ulster carpet crossing the border on each of the 100 journeys the Enterprise makes each week.