Ruth Mitchell

Overseas opportunities for North East chemical firms

North East chemical firms are invited to discover business opportunities overseas at a special industry briefing organised by UK Trade & Investment. Delegates will gain an insight into 12 countries - all key chemical markets. British Embassies around the world will be on hand to offer expert advice on sales opportunities, supply chain issues and key local contacts in their market.

The Meet the Commercial Officer event, on Thursday, 28 September, will be held at the new CATCH (Centre for the Assessment of Technical Competence - Humber) facility in Stallingbrough, Lincolnshire. The event is part of a five-day visit by the embassy staff, organised by UK Trade & Investment’s UK National Chemical Sector, based at Wilton on Teesside, to give them a greater insight into what UK companies can offer.

Keith Stockdale, UK Trade & Investment’s Specialist International Trade Adviser for the Chemicals Sector Team, explained: “The chemical industry has a turnover in excess of £50 billion and is the UK’s main manufacturing exporter. It provides a variety of products ranging from alcohol to medicines and cosmetics to industrial gases. More than half of the chemical industry products are bought by other industries and used in the manufacture of their own products.

“We will be meeting the commercial officers in London to provide them with a comprehensive briefing on the latest developments and a strategic overview of the chemical sector in the UK before bringing them up to the North East. “This will give us an opportunity to show them how the UK National Chemical Sector is working here at Wilton and to meet regional representatives from the North East as well as Yorkshire, Humber, North West and other areas as well as some of our partners such as NEPIC (North East Process Industry Cluster).”

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