By Claire West
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.