Langver has spent £200,000 on new machinery.

Bosses say the investment will allow the firm to reach further into Europe by increasing manufacturing and improving efficiency.

The business, based in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, makes ratchet tensioners, which keep truck trailer curtains secure.

Supplying its products to 90 per cent of the UK market, its clients include well-known transport operator, Eddie Stobart.

However, the company, which is led by Scott Taylor and business partner, Claire Matten, is now eyeing new deals across Europe after securing initial agreements with firms across the continent and in Canada.

Mr Taylor, who revealed Langver has moved into a second base to improve packing and distribution, said: “We know we’re the UK’s leading supplier in our industry; the next step is to break into the fast-growing continental market.

“If we’re to do that, we must ensure we’re as competitive and efficient as we can be, so we’ve invested heavily in machinery we hope will strengthen our offering to potential overseas clients.

“We are regarded as the leading manufacturer of curtainsider ratchet tensioners in the UK and have been successful in securing clients in Europe and Canada.

“However, the European market is massive and we’ve only really touched the tip of the iceberg.

“We’ve set some ambitious targets but our expansion is a natural step.”

Praising the business’ prowess, Chris Grice, driver training manager at Eddie Stobart, said Langver was a trusted partner.

He added: “It is important the curtain tensioner is robust because it retains the curtain taught and tight, which in turn provides protection against all weather conditions.

“We insist on the best because it is necessary for our operation.”

Langver was previously the subject of a management buy-out, led by Mr Taylor and Ms Matten, and expects turnover to reach £2.5m at the conclusion of its latest financial year.