26 November 2009 13:46 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--UK Sectretary of State Peter Mandelson will on Thursday be handed a 10-point action plan on how to tackle the immediate and long-term challenges facing Teesside’s chemicals industry, the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) said.
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The proposed measures, drawn up by northeast England business leaders, local authorities and ministers of parliament, included improving energy efficiency, developments on carbon capture and storage, new investment in Teesside infrastructure, increased training of the skilled workforce and developing new innovative processes within the industry.
Additionally, the plan recommended that the government work more closely with businesses to identify new opportunities for sector growth.
The 10-point plan resulted from a study in October, headed by Bob Coxon, chairman of the Science and Industry Council for North East England, on behalf of NEPIC, which assessed the needs of businesses at
“This action plan is very much by industry, for industry,” said Coxon, adding: “It captures the concerns of industry, the challenges it faces but also how industry intends to take decisive action to secure its future working closely with the public sector.
“This plan breaks down the issues that need to be addressed by the industry into manageable pieces, allowing industrial leaders to become a focal point through which others in the sector, regional and national Government can contribute, to develop solutions that will secure the long-term future of the process industry in the Tees Valley,” said Stan Higgins, NEPIC Chief Executive.
“Recognising the importance of the chemical industry to the
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