Global brand Dunlop partners Moira business

Alderman William Leathem views some of the products AB Pneumatics makes for Dunlop with the company's co-owners Peter Blair and Jonny Boomer

MOIRA-based AB Pneumatics has entered into a partnership with Dunlop Systems & Components as it aims to grow its sales by £1.5 million over the next few years and create up to 15 additional jobs.

These two companies have been working together for more than a decade, with AB Pneumatics supplying Dunlop with products in particular air suspension sleeves.

AB Pneumatics services the automotive industry through the provision of items such as seat air springs and shock absorber sleeves which are placed in well-known brands such as BMW and Land Rover models, and last year alone it produced more than 35,000 air suspension sleeves,

Its co-owner Peter Blair said: “I welcome the investment by Dunlop in our company as its experience in rubber products will bring valuable expertise to our product range.

“This strategic partnership will allow us to increase sales with both new and existing customers. We're currently progressing plans to extend our premises by adding a 5,000 sq ft building. This will allow us to increase our number of engineering, production and design staff.”

Alderman William Leathem, chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's development committee, said: “Since it opened in Moira the company has grown steadily through successful product development and increased local, national and international sales. Its partnership with a global brand like Dunlop demonstrates the quality of its product.

“AB Pneumatics has the ability to bring new developments for Dunlop to production in a short time allowing it to compete with brands like Firestone in the automotive industry. I wish the firm every success in the future as it continues to be proactive in its drive and vision to grow.”

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