Ed Miliband Visited Leading Green Technology Companies
November 21st 2014
Leader of the opposition celebrates the success of Tetronics and Advanced Plasma Power
Global green technology leaders Tetronics International and Advanced Plasma Power (APP) were today visited by Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband, as he recognised the important role environmental companies have to play in driving UK economic growth.
During the visit, Miliband learnt of the Swindon based companies’ successes and plans for the future. Tetronics’ technology, which uses pioneering plasma treatment to process and recover valuable resources from waste as well as treat hazardous materials, has been selected as one of a number of projects funded by government agency Innovate UK. The company has also gone from strength to strength internationally with growing sales in USA, Europe and the Far East.
Meanwhile, APP, an advanced waste to energy and fuels company employing Tetronics technology, has been working with National Grid on a project – the first of its kind – that demonstrates how to use waste to produce bio-substitute natural gas (Bio-SNG). It has developed a shovel ready commercial project in Birmingham for which it is seeking funding and has also been expanding overseas, signing a £20m contract in June this year to supply its Gasplasma® technology to a waste to energy project in Port of Hamilton, Canada.
Miliband took the opportunity to express his support for companies which are helping the UK to become a world leader in green technology, and providing high-skilled jobs in the South West and across the country.
Miliband’s visit follows a visit to the companies in the summer by Trade Minister, Lord Livingston.
Tetronics and APP staff had the opportunity to hear about Miliband’s environmental and economic plans in the run up the General Election.
Graeme Rumbol, CEO of Tetronics, said:
“It was great to host Ed Miliband today. In the run up to the election we will be outlining our ambitious plans to all the main political parties, as we seek to achieve our goals of growing and developing technology which makes a positive difference to the environment.
The visit was a recognition of the excellent work we have done over the past year, and with the right support, we’re looking forward to building on this positive momentum into the future.”
Rolf Stein, CEO of APP, said:
“Ed took a real interest in our technology and could see the huge potential it has to transform how we look at wasted energy resources in the UK and beyond.
We’re proud to be a key part of the Swindon economy and will be striving to bring further success and high-skilled jobs to this area and other parts of the UK over the coming years.”