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Overseas sales steered us to win.

Byline: By DAVID JONES

A HUGE increase in overseas sales won St Asaph-based automotive components manufacturer TRB the Export Award in the Daily Post's Achievement Wales Business Awards last year.

The company has seen exports grow to 80% of output and the factory now supplies switch assemblies to customers in France, Turkey, Sweden, Germany, Brazil and Japan. Its turnover last year was pounds 32.4m.

Site managing director Annesley Wright said the Achievement Wales accolade had helped raised the profile of the company - a subsidiary of Japan-based Tokai Rika - in the global automotive market.

"Another key aspect of the win is the part it plays in staff motivation. A lot of people here take pride in the fact that we are one of the few manufacturers in North Wales to see such a huge growth in exports," he added.

The Achievement Wales 2006 Business Awards are being sponsored by the newspaper, HSBC Bank and the Welsh Assembly.

The business competition will culminate in an award ceremony and gala dinner on December 1 at the Prichard Jones Hall, University of Wales, Bangor.

International Business Wales, the overseas sales arm of the Welsh Assembly Government, is sponsoring the Achievement Wales' Welsh Exporter of the Year category this year.

Ian Williams, director of International Business Wales, said: "International Business Wales is proud of its association with the Daily Post Achievement Wales Business Awards for the way they highlight the wide range of successful and dynamic companies based in North Wales that contribute to the success of the region's economy.

"As part of the Welsh Assembly Government, International Business Wales places a high priority on supporting new and expanding indigenous businesses to trade overseas, as well as attracting appropriate inward investment opportunities from all over the world. This is achieved by using a variety of programmes tailored to support each individual business in the best way possible.

"The Achievement Wales Awards highlight the wide and diverse range of companies located in North Wales. Many of the previous winners have gone on to bigger and better things and we firmly believe that this year's achievers will be no different."

david.r.jones@dailypost.co.uk

HOW TO ENTER

Businesses wanting to enter the Achievement Wales 2006 Business Awards can ring the Daily Post's Events Department on 0151 472 2805 or fax 0151 236 5190 for a bilingual entry form. Forms are also available by e-mailing achievementwales@icnorthwales.net or companies can apply on-line at icnorthwales.co.uk/achievementwales. Closing date for entries is September 2 2.
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Date:Aug 23, 2006
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