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UK Showcases Marine Industry

by Jason Gorringe,, London

19 April 2012

The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has recently held an event to showcase, and celebrate, the mairne industry's multi-billion pound contribution to the UK economy, as part of a series of events planned by the government to promote the sector's development.

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, presenting an opportunity for UK industry to present its wares and promote its innovative ideas.

Business Minister Mark Prisk attended the showcase, meeting with business leaders. The Minister, who is also co-Chair of the Marine Industries Leadership Council, which promotes discussion between government and industry, said:

"Worth approximately GBP10bn (USD16bn) 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 GBP17bn."

"Last year the government launched a strategy for growth for the UK marine industries, which working with the maritime and marine services sectors, will help bolster that contribution from GBP17bn to GBP25bn a year by 2020. That offers fantastic growth prospects for businesses and people."

"What we want to demonstrate with this showcase is that there are real and exciting opportunities in this sector to build careers, and be a part of something that helps place Britain as one of the world’s leading manufacturing nations."

"It complements our Make it in Great Britain campaign, which is working to change the perceptions of modern manufacturing and challenge views that we don’t make anything in this country anymore."

The event 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, Fairline powerboat and Pendennis superyacht models and a full scale Sonardyne seabed sensor.

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