Worcester’s MP Robin Walker, who was Vice Chairman of the All Party China Group in the last Parliament as well as a member of the BIS Select Committee joined local firm Waste Spectrum Environmental on Friday to welcome visitors from Zhejiang Province in Northern China.
The Worcester based business Part of the Spectrum Environmental Group has already achieved a remarkable number of export successes across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, with support from UKTI and the British Government and Group MD Steve Hunt joined Robin on an outward delegation to China last year.
This time the manufacturer was welcoming a large inward delegation of officials from one of China’s most populous provinces who were interested in its secure incineration systems for the agricultural sector. The Delegation was led by Mr Hongzhi Lou, a Director of the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Agriculture and he was accompanied by a number of senior officials who were hosted by the Mayor at Worcester’s Guildhall before visiting Spectrum Environmental’ s Group manufacturing facilities in Checketts Lane.
As China’s demand for meat increases the Government and provincial Governments are showing an increased interest in food safety, biosecurity and the safety of the food chain. Waste Spectrum’s unique high quality, fuel efficient machines can be used to protect food systems from infection and to ensure that infected animal carcasses are safely and effectively disposed of without unnecessary pollution or odour problems. Steve Hunt and his team were able to demonstrate the strengths of their machines and arrange for a follow up visit to the province in China to demonstrate them further.
This could be of great interest since the province has a population of over 60 million and the 3rd greatest GDP of any province in China. They also have the advantage of a direct link with the Chinese Premier (PM) Li Keqiang who comes from this province.
Robin Walker helped Waste Spectrum to host the visit and spoke to the Chinese officials about the work that the company has been commissioned to do by UK Government departments DEFRA, where he served as PPS in the last Parliament and DFID. He is looking forward to hosting further delegations from China later on this year when delegates from Hezhou and Huizhou come to Worcester to firm up on sister city agreements signed or initiated during last year’s Worcestershire Ambassador’s delegation.
The trade visit came just one week ahead of Export Week – an annual event in which UKTI works with companies large and small to help them to understand the benefits of exporting and help businesses from the UK to reach new markets. Waste Spectrum has worked closely with UKTI in its emergence as a significant exporter and has recently achieved a number of record breaking orders overseas.
Commenting on his visit, Robin said:
“It is always exciting to see Worcester’s name carried around the world and the emergence of Waste Spectrum Environmental from a small industrial estate in Checketts Lane to being the huge export success it is today has been truly remarkable. I was delighted when Steve took part in last year’s trade delegation to Southern China and even more pleased to hear that he had such strong interest from an inward delegation from the North. It is excellent news that a local business such as this one should be making such progress in one of the world’s greatest and most dynamic markets. Ahead of Export Week this is a great Worcester success story and one that shows the value of developing long term relationships in the Chinese market.”
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