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HRH The Duke of York KG visits Davy Roll Co Ltd

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

HRH The Duke of York is the UK Special Representative for International Trade and Investment.

On 4th February 2010 the Duke of York visited The Davy Roll Company in Gateshead, where he opened the new Inductotherm induction furnace plant which is the largest in Europe. As well as being more energy efficient, the new furnaces will help The Davy Roll Company increase its overall capacity and output to meet demand from its international markets.

The site in Gateshead was established in 1871 and is a major supplier of cast rolling mill rolls to the worldwide metal forming industry. The company won a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category in 2007 for the second time for its strong international performance.

Steve Bell, Managing Director of The Davy Roll Co Ltd, "We're delighted to be hosting this royal visit today - the first in our 139-year history - and it's a real recognition that a traditional industry can still be relevant and successful in 2010. A number of years ago, we realised that we needed to develop our overseas markets in order to diversify and maintain our profitability. Export sales now account for the majority of our output, with our products going as far afield as India, China and South America. The visit today will allow us to build on these links and further develop our position in these worldwide markets".

During his visit, His Royal Highness met some of The Davy Roll Company's employees including their apprentices, the youngest of whom presented His Royal Highness with a special gift made especially to mark his visit. A replica of the gift was later presented to Steve Bell MBE, Managing Director of The Davy Roll Co Ltd.