A bright future for lighting firm

Bright spark boxes clever: Lighting specialist Alex Carter with one of scores of lighting control boxes he has fitted at Dyke House School after landing a contract.

Bright spark boxes clever: Lighting specialist Alex Carter with one of scores of lighting control boxes he has fitted at Dyke House School after landing a contract.

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A BUSINESS is confidently looking to the future after tackling a series of major projects.

 Hartlepool firm Durable Technologies, based in the Innovation Centre on the Queens Meadow Business Park, is nearing completion on its £40,000 deal to install a lighting control system at the revamped Dyke House School.

 The systems affect everything from toilets to changing rooms.

 But that is only one in a series of contracts under way for the firm run by Alex and Lorraine Carter who founded the Durable Technologies business in January 2007.

 And others include a contract for one of the biggest internet companies in the world.

 It has installed a lighting system at search engine Google’s headquarters in Dublin.

 In another project, it fitted a lighting system for Aer Lingus in Ireland and the firm is also working on ten education academies including Hull, Lincoln, Sleeford, Skegness, Bradford and one in Ireland, as well as Hartlepool.

 Mr Carter said: “We are four years old as a company and we started at the beginning of the credit crunch.

 “Despite the recession, we are still here and we are looking at growth year on year. We have managed to get accounts with big contractors and for multiple jobs. We have had quite a good year.”

 Mr Carter put part of the success down to Durable’s decision to completely develop a new range of products once the recession struck.

 It drove down the cost, the installation time and the commissioning time.

 Durable also took on a distributor in Ireland which has led to a series of contracts.

 The firm, which currently employs five people, has switched its assembly base from Split, in Croatia, to Teesside Park.

 “The product we have now got is a range of lighting control systems which are pretty much purely for saving energy. It helps the electrical contractor during the installation period,” said Mr Carter.

 “Looking forward, the intention is to get bigger and expand. We have got a bit of spare capacity.

 “The Innovation Centre is one of the best places to be.

 “We will look to expand the business first and then look to increase the head count later.”