UK marine industries showcase

Left to right, Peter Luff, Defence Equipment Minister, Mark Prisk, Business Minister, Toby Allies, Pendennis sales and marketing director, and Richard Sadler, chief executive of Lloyds Register Left to right, Peter Luff, Defence Equipment Minister, Mark Prisk, Business Minister, Toby Allies, Pendennis sales and marketing director, and Richard Sadler, chief executive of Lloyds Register
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The British Government launched its first marine industries showcase at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) last month to highlight the industry’s multi-billion pound contribution to the UK economy.

Held in association with the UK Marine Industries Alliance, ‘Marine Manufacturing - Global Excellence and Innovation’ celebrates the role of the industry to UK manufacturing across five key themes including leisure, naval, marine energy, commercial and marine science.

Business Minister Mark Prisk toured the showcase to meet with business leaders and see for himself some of the latest examples of modern marine technology, innovation and design.

The Minister, who is also co-Chair of the Marine Industries Leadership Council, which provides a focal point for discussions between Government and the broad marine manufacturing industries, said,  “Worth approximately £GB10bn a year to the UK economy and employing over 90,000 people, the marine industries sector makes an important contribution to UK PLC. Taking the maritime sector into account too, which includes shipping, ports and business services, that figure grows to £GB17bn.”

The Marine Manufacturing - Global Excellence and Innovation showcase featured exhibits from leading maritime names Pendennis, Fairline, Williams Performance Tenders, C-Fury, Marine Current Turbines (Seagen), Houlder, A&P Group, Sonardyne and the Aircraft Carrier Alliance.

Exhibits included a full scale Williams jet tender, models of a Marine Current Turbines tidal turbine and Houlder offshore access system and a full scale Sonardyne seabed sensor.

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