Contract win with Irish Postal Service (An Post)

Published: Tuesday, 24th January 2017

We have revealed details of a new €3 million deal to supply high visibility wet weather jackets and trousers for a major Irish postal service provider. The deal will see Ballyclare Limited provide a total of 13,000 garment sets to the An Post delivery staff in two phases, and covers the period up until 2020.


An Post logo - Ballyclare Limited


“We’re delighted to have won this contract from An Post as it represents a major success for Ballyclare,” comments Sales and Service Manager, Maggie Shaw. “It also demonstrates our ability to provide garments which suit a client’s individual specifications right down to the last detail.”


Ballyclare was invited to submit proposals to manufacture GORE-TEX® based jackets and trousers to provide full wet weather protection for the delivery staff. However, the garments also had to combine high visibility elements without compromising the An Post colours and branding which had traditionally appeared on the company’s workwear. “This required us to work closely with An Post and undertake some very careful design work to ensure we satisfied the brief,” adds Maggie. “We also had to meet the rigorous specification An Post had laid down in terms of the quality and performance of the garments.”


This lead to a series of stringent tests to ensure that the garments met all the correct standards, including a particularly demanding rain tower test. “Rain tower tests are normally conducted for one hour to ensure compliance with EN 343,” says Maggie. “However, we pride ourselves in the quality of Ballyclare garments, and in this case, we subjected them to eight solid hours of rain tower testing, and they passed with flying colours. An Post were able to witness the testing and so they were confident that our offering was more than a match for their requirements.”


If your organisation would like to contact Maggie Shaw to discuss your requirements for workwear please email 

Ballyclare holds the Royal Warrant for the supply of Specialist Fire Protective Clothing By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen through supplying firefighting suits to the Windsor Castle Fire Service.

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