Minister visits Renishaw to encourage exports

renishawMP300As part of a government drive to encourage more British businesses to export trade and investment minister Lord Green (pictured) has visited a UK engineering company that exports almost a quarter of its products to China.

On a visit to the Gloucestershire HQ of Renishaw, he described the company as “an inspiring example to other businesses”.

Lord Green toured the company’s site in Wotton-under-Edge and was shown a range of high technology dimensional measuring systems, plus the 3D printing systems which print metal parts.

The minister also visited Renishaw’s pre-production facilities and saw progress being made on the construction of a new 120,000 sq ft building that will provide expansion for additional research and development activities, product display, training and conference facilities, and the relocation of Renishaw’s spectroscopy product line.

China continues to be Renishaw’s largest export market, representing 22% of the company’s turnover.

Assistant chief executive Ben Taylor, said, “In our 40th anniversary year, Lord Green’s visit gives important recognition to the success that Renishaw has achieved as a world leader in precision measurement systems, and more recently our move into exciting new technology areas such as 3D printing and medical devices. We are very pleased to work closely with UKTI to share our exporting knowledge to SMEs and to positively promote the UK’s Advanced Engineering sector, which has significant potential on the global stage.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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