Alwayse wins Queen’s Award

Alwayse Engineering has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category for its record-breaking export performances.

The company’s sales have grown by 106 per cent over the past five years equating to over £12m worth of business. Over 70 per cent of production is exported to 60 countries worldwide and 60 people are employed in a new £3m factory, which measures 35,000 sqft.

Birmingham-based Alwayse invented the Ball Transfer Unit in 1939 and nine years ago it introduced a special unit for use in air cargo terminals. The unit is now used in airports all over the world with sales approaching £2m. The company are continuing to expand its export business and are due to establish distributors in Bulgaria, Romania, Egypt, Vietnam, and Mexico later this year.

Paul Sabapathy CBE and lord-lieutenant of the west midlands presented the award.