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2 December, 2009 - 11:10 By Staff Reporter

Norfolk-based Active drives up motorsport exports

A Norfolk engineering consultancy is racking up global sales to motorsport and automotive customers with a product designed to increase engine performance.

Active Technologies expects to more than double its export sales in the next 12 months based on its super-tuner, called ‘Throttle Body’.Growing at a rate of knots, Active was set up by Paul Spinks and his business partner four years ago and has since grown to 24 engineers. Since the East of England Development Agency recognised the company’s potential with a grant to fund a website, Active has grown its customer base from the UK to Europe, the US and Canada – and now as far as Australia. The company has already ramped up turnover to £800k and is confident of topping £1.2m in the next 12 months.Targeting a global market worth at least £20 million, it anticipates more than doubling exports from the current 40 per cent to around 85 per cent in 2010.Its customer portfolio has also blossomed and now features such worthies as Texas Motor Works and VAC Motorsport in the US, Birkin North West in Canada, Sovereign Auto Services in Australia and a whole string of clients in Sweden, Holland and other European centres.The company has also supported events such as Super 2000 WRC, BTCC and Formula Ford as its reputation in the sector has mushroomed.Active Technologies was originally based in an office in Chedgrave, which Spinks managed to secure rent free. The company is now thriving from its new operational hub within the Hethel Engineering Centre and has upscaled twice to larger space there so that some manufacturing has been accommodated in-house.

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