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Green alliance partnership helps companies clean up abroad

An EXPORT network aiming to support Northern Ireland companies in getting a share of £1bn of opportunities across Europe has been launched.

Invest Northern Ireland offered £194,000, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, towards a £450,000 collaboration by five local firms.

The partner companies make up Glantek, The Clean Technology Alliance, and are working together to develop and market leading edge clean technologies, which will help customers save on energy and costs, reduce waste and lower their carbon footprint.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said that collaborative working is an important initiative for all sectors to consider.

"The Glantek network will facilitate the sharing of skills and knowledge so that collectively, the companies involved will be in a more competitive position to win business in export markets," she said.

"The success gained as a result of the collaboration will in turn help to boost future job creation.

"Low carbon solutions and sustainable energy is a growing global concern which the Glantek partner companies have an opportunity to capitalise on."

Glantek is already progressing opportunities across water and waste water treatment, agriculture and the agri-food sector, industry and the municipal waste sectors.