AN engineering firm has won export orders worth £10m.
Thomas Broadbent, of Queen Street South, Huddersfield, is supplying industrial centrifuges for plastics makers in India, China and Thailand.
The three orders will keep the firm's 100-plus shopfloor workers busy for the next 12 months.
The company has introduced a night shift to make sure it meets deadlines to deliver the machines.
And it confidently expects to land a further two contracts, together worth £6m, before Christmas.
The centrifuges will be used to help produce special chemicals for making polyester fibres.
Broadbents' business manager, John Wright, said the firm was reaping the benefits of escalating world demand for polyester, for use in textiles and to make items like plastic drinks bottles.
He said Broadbents had invested in new machines in anticipation of the orders.
"The market for the chemical - pure terephthalic acid (PTA) - is rising by 8% a year," said Mr Wright.
"To meet this demand, PTA producers and synthetic textile companies in the Far East are continuing to expand and upgrade their facilities."
Mr Wright said Broadbents had become recognised as the leading authority in the design and development of large-scale centrifuges for PTA processes.
Last year, Broadbents won a major order to upgrade two centrifuges for a plastics maker in southern Spain.
The latest orders come from chemical and textile companies in northern India, the Hengsheng region of China and Thailand.
Mr Wright said work on the first order was well under way, with delivery due next spring.
Some work has also begun on the second order, which is due to be completed next August.
Work on the third contract has yet to start, but that is due to be finished by September next year.
All aspects of the work - including machining parts and building the large centrifuge drums - will be carried out at Broadbents' Huddersfield works.
Said Mr Wright: "We have been selling products to the PTA market for a good many years.
"We became aware that processing plants were gradually increasing in size, with average manufacturing facilities producing well over 600,000 tonnes of PTA a year.
"Our machines are the largest available for this type of duty and very compatible with the PTA production process. As such, they are highly competitive."