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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (National): BIS turns the spotlight on UK low carbon excellence to encourage new innovators

Press Release   •   Oct 11, 2010 12:41 BST

UK-manufactured low carbon products that are exported worldwide are being showcased as part of an exhibition at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) to encourage more companies into this growing market, Business Minster Mark Prisk announced today.

With the global market for low carbon goods and services projected to rise to over £4 trillion by the middle of the next decade, BIS wants to work with the manufacturing industry to attract new businesses to the sector and encourage them to start exporting.

The Government is committed to promoting all manufacturing as it is critical to economic growth with responsibility for 53 per cent of UK exports and 2.8 million jobs.

The low carbon exhibition is the second in a planned rolling programme of themed displays demonstrating excellence in British design, engineering and manufacturing.

Exhibits have been provided by Intelligent Energy Ltd, Flow Control, Tata Steel, Pod Point and Dudson.

  • Exhibiting products include:
  • The world’s first fuel cell motorbike the ENV
  • A charging pod for electric vehicles
  • A non spill fuel can
  • Products from the offshore wind supply chain
  • Hospitality tableware with the lowest carbon footprint of any ceramic hospitality tableware manufactured anywhere in the world

Business Minister Mark Prisk said:

“Growing the manufacturing sector is a key part of our plans to create economic growth so we need to take advantage of new business opportunities such as low carbon.

“We are already the sixth largest market for low carbon economic goods and services but we must be ambitious to do better.

"I am extremely grateful to Intelligent Energy Ltd, Flow Control, Tata Steel, Pod Point and Dudson, five leading low carbon manufacturers, for contributing exhibits to this event.

“I hope that these shining examples of both small and large businesses encourage the visiting business community to reap the huge benefits of exporting.”

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:

“I am proud to see UK manufacturers grasping the export opportunities a shift to low carbon is bringing.

“Quite simply, if we don’t then we have no hope of keeping up with developing nations like China and India.

“Innovation is a crucial part of our move to a low carbon economy. Government policy must be robust to provide investors with the certainty they need to ensure the best, innovative ideas have every opportunity to flourish.”

Surveys show that companies are missing out by not exporting. UK Trade & Investment offers bespoke support for exporters to break into foreign markets and companies need to realise that the challenges can be overcome.

Flow Control employ just five people but export their non spill petrol can to Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, Ireland, Germany, Canada, Australia and Korea.

The exhibition will also help to raise awareness of manufacturing in the build up to the launch of a new manufacturing framework in the autumn. It will set out plans to change the profile of and grow manufacturing as part of a balanced economic recovery.

Notes to editors

  • Intelligent Energy Ltd - British clean power systems company, Intelligent Energy developed the world’s first fuel cell motorbike the ENV. This is a hydrogen fuelled hybrid electric vehicle which performs much like any other motorbike apart from the fact it is near silent and emits only water vapour. After the development of the ENV, Intelligent Energy became partnered with the Suzuki Motor Corporation, providing the fuel cells inside a new generation of zero emission motorbikes which are under development both in Japan and at IE’s headquarters at Loughborough.
  • Flow Control (GB) Ltd - has developed a unique non spill Fuel Can that has world patents applied for. The can has a unique valve and button mechanism that not only controls the flow of fuel from the can, but also allows air to enter the can at the same time, preventing glugging and delivering 5 litres of fuel in just 15 seconds, if required.
  • Tata Steel - Steel is an essential part of the solution to climate change. In order to build low carbon energy sources, improve energy efficiency, drive advancements in low carbon construction, help create the vehicles of the future and expand low carbon travel networks, steel will be in high demand. It is a high carbon industry in its production but an essential product for the low carbon economy.
  • Pod Point Ltd – produce recharging point for electric vehicles. Each POD Point can charge two vehicles simultaneously, which significantly reduces the effective cost per charging socket. Furthermore, POD Points have a built-in feeder pillar which reduces the ground works required for each installation. POD Points use industry-standard foundations and electrical connections making POD Point extremely easy to install and connect using existing contractors with minimal additional training.
  • The UK is one of the world’s leading manufacturers contributing £140bn per annum to the UK economy.
  • The first exhibition showcased products from the Engineering Supply Chain and ran from the 6th to 17th of September. In addition to the first two exhibition there are plans to exhibit manufacturing products on the following themes: High-tech Manufacturing, Innovative Design, Olympics 2012 and Science and Manufacturing.
  • Lloyds TSB Commercial survey shows that SMEs are not seizing the advantages of exporting. Only a third are selling overseas, but once they do start selling two thirds found that foreign sales became a core part of their business plans.
  • The BIS online newsroom contains the latest press notices, speeches, as well as video and images for download. See http://www.bis.gov.uk/newsroom for more information.

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