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16 April, 2014 - 15:46 By News Desk

Cambridge cleantech a hit in China and Hong Kong


Clean technology companies from across the Cambridge region and the UK have just returned from a major and successful trade mission to China and Hong Kong.

The mission, which was led by Cambridge Cleantech as the official UKTI approved organiser of the British Pavilion at the event, included 15 companies exhibiting at and attending the largest building technologies convention in China with 3,000 attendees. The event took place in Beijing over three days and was organised by the Chinese Government’s Housing and Urban Development Department.

A number of the UK companies travelled on to Hong Kong and attended and spoke at a full day cleantech seminar at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks – which was the first international partner to join Cambridge Cleantech 18 months ago.

Martin Garratt, CEO of Cambridge Cleantech and mission lead, said: “According to the Government, UK exports to China doubled last year and with the new Chinese 5-Year Plan incorporating a major section on achieving  an improved environment, the opportunities for Cambridge and UK cleantech companies are immense.

“We were pleased to secure UKTI accreditation to organise the British Pavilion and delighted with the strong response from our members wishing to join us on the mission.

“Cambridge Cleantech and many of the companies spoke at seminars during the convention and at the British Embassy reception, which has resulted in a very high profile for Cambridge and the cleantech cluster within the Chinese building technologies sector.”

David Ball, chairman of the David Ball Group PLC was among the Cambridge delegation.

He said: “We have wide-ranging interests across Asia, but this was our first visit to China and it proved to be a real opportunity to engage with Chinese companies, local authorities from across the country and other international companies already present in China. The Hong Kong event also provided the chance to renew business relationships with local partners and to meet potential new clients.”

Cyan Technology was also on the mission. Product director Sean Cochrane said: “We have been active in the Chinese market for several years and this event, which attracts so many senior local authority figures, provided us with an opportunity to develop our business further, not least through our local business partners who joined us at the event.”

Companies attending the mission included: The David Ball Group PLC, Cyan Technology Ltd, Stramit, Cambridge Architectural Research, Cambridge Environment and Technology, the Building Research Establishment, the Chartered Institute of Builders, ADAPT UEA, Fielden Clegg, Space Syntax, NDTSL, Space Syntax and Studio LK.

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