Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Elizabeth Truss visited Welsh technology exporter Sure Chill on Friday to learn more about the Welsh export market.
Visiting Welsh success story Sure Chill at their brand-new headquarters in Cardiff, Liz Truss and Alun Cairns saw for themselves the lifesaving technology being exported from Wales to 47 countries around the world.
A flourishing export market has been vital in helping to make Wales one of the fastest growing of all UK regions and nations, worth £60 billion.
Highlighting Welsh exports worth nearly £15 billion in 2016, a rise of more than 10 per cent year on year, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss said that the UK Government is committed to a post-Brexit economy that gives Wales more freedom to export goods abroad and continue to grow.
With its ground-breaking cooling technology exported to 47 countries around the world, Sure Chill is a clear example of thriving business in Wales. Unlike conventional refrigerators, Sure Chill doesn’t need constant power, harnessing a natural phenomenon in water to store energy, enabling weeks of continuous cooling without the need for constant power. Its unprecedented potential to address global cooling challenges in both emerging and developed economies has attracted support from two of the world’s leading foundations; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Shell Foundation.
The patented technology was first developed to protect life-saving temperature-sensitive vaccines in emerging countries, and vaccine refrigerators with Sure Chill technology are estimated to have helped save 36 million lives all over the world.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, said:
“Whether it’s globally renowned Welsh food or advanced technology, the UK Government wants Wales to sell even more of what it has to offer around the world.
“The Welsh economy continues to grow, in part thanks to the strong export economy here.
“That’s why the UK Government is investing hundreds of millions of pounds in Wales and we are fully committed to ensuring Welsh businesses are able to benefit from the independent trade deals we are preparing for after Brexit.”
Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns, said:
“Wales is an ambitious outward-looking nation, home to some of the most innovative businesses developing products that are being sold around the world.
“Sure Chill is a shining example of a company capitalising on the global demand for their goods. It goes to show how ambitious Welsh innovation can go a long way – saving and protecting the lives of those hundreds and thousands of miles away.
“The UK Government is ready to support any Welsh business looking to follow in their footsteps and take advantage of every opportunity available to them to grow and expand into new markets.”
Chief Executive Officer of Sure Chill, Nigel Saunders said:
“Every day there is a buzz in a pioneering business like Sure Chill, and even more so on Friday, when we welcomed Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales to our new headquarters in Cardiff. The visit underlines the special interest of UK Government in our ground-breaking technology and its potential to impact populations around the world.”