Lisburn based manufacturer, Unicorn Group, has expanded its operations by purchasing specialist steel manufacturer PF Copeland Ltd and PFC Rainwater Systems Ltd, which employ 21 staff at their premises in Mallusk. Established 20 years ago, Unicorn Group employs 85 staff and this acquisition will increase staff numbers by 25% to 106 employees.
Unicorn Group is a conglomerate which manufactures a wide range of high-quality products including medical and recycling bins, washroom products, vending machines and floor tiles. The company exports to 42 countries worldwide with core markets being the UK, Europe, Middle East, India and South America. The Group has recorded a sales increase of 28% in the last two years.
PF Copeland is amongst Ireland’s leading metal fabricators, specialising in stainless steel and mild steel fabrications. Products include tanks and silos for dairies, food processing and manufacturing companies, distilleries, breweries and bakeries.
PFC Rainwater Systems Ltd provides a wide range of services and rainwater products for the construction industry in aluminium, cast aluminium, cast iron, galvanised steel and stainless steel products.
Discussing future plans, Mr Pannell says: “Since it was established 20 years ago Unicorn Group has acquired seven separate trading businesses across the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Spain. We have made great strides to improve our brand and product recognition globally and the results are evident with entry into over a dozen new markets in the last three years.”
Its growth trajectory led the group to decide to make a major investment in 2017 and move its existing manufacturing sites in Lisburn and Markethill to the former Coca-Cola site in Lambeg comprising industrial, storage and office facilities totalling 17.5 acres.