Polar Ice started with two employees and a plan to develop and drive the dry ice market in Ireland. Initially the company made ‘wet ice’ cubes and imported dry ice products from the mainland UK. By 2001, Polar Ice had employed a further six staff, grown the market by over 300% and had built up enough demand to sustain a manufacturing plant in Ireland.
In 2002, Polar Ice took a strategic change of direction and began to concentrate fully on Dry Ice manufacturing. Staying in their hometown of Portarlington in the Irish midlands, the operation then moved to their new purpose-built facility. By 2004, a state of the art CO2 liquefaction plant was completed, positioning Polar Ice as the industry leader and premium dry ice supplier in Ireland today.
A committed Dry Ice specialist
Further expansion in 2005 included establishing a depot in Dublin, which offered same-day delivery for the Dublin area. The following year saw a strategic partnership with PolarIceTech Ireland who supply dry ice blasting and dry ice technology to the Irish market. With expansion into Northern Ireland and a new premises there, Polar Ice began incorporating new technology to offer a self-service facility to many customers. In 2011, Polar Ice expanded the market further south, opening a dry ice depot and office in Little Island, Co. Cork.
Quality Dry Ice standards
In 2013, Polar Ice invested in ‘Food Grade’ manufacturing. Certified to BRC v7 and ISO9001:2008, we have consistently achieved the highest grade in our BRC Quality audits and are the approved dry ice supplier to some of the top food producers and meat processors in Ireland.
Recognition at National Level
Industry awards arrived in the shape of the ‘Excellence Through People’ scheme and Polar Ice was a finalist in the Offaly Enterprise Awards in 2006, 2008, overall winner in 2010 and a finalist in the National Enterprise Awards 2010, Midlands Ireland Awards 2012, SFA Awards 2013, Offaly LEO Innovation Award 2014, Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award 2015 (Winner of Women Led Business in Leinster) and Irish Accountancy Awards 2016. A number of positive articles on our journey in business have been published in The Sunday Independent, The Irish Times and Sunday Business Post, as well as management profiles in professional journals.
As the Dry Ice markets develop throughout Ireland, the UK and worldwide, Polar Ice strive to offer a working solution for their customers domestically and internationally.