Innovative Physics (IPL) offer the nuclear industry advanced and bespoke gamma radiation detection, identification, and visualisation solutions worldwide. Since its establishment in 2009, the services and support provided by UK Trade and Investment and its partners have been integral to the business’ expansion strategy.
We really try to make the most of what UKTI has to offer, we join sector-specific trade missions, conferences, exhibitions and seminars, many of which are free to attend or discounted for those who are members of their growth-enabling schemes.
The Civil Nuclear Energy Showcase (held in January) organised by UKTI and the Nuclear Industry Association is an imperative event to attend for UK Companies looking to access opportunities within the nuclear industries overseas. It is also a great chance of getting an engaging overview of the current status of the UK’s Decommissioning and New Build projects. For SMEs like Innovative Physics, the showcase is a must and we have attended for the past 3 years, and year on year the event has improved.
The agenda is crammed with informative presentations from some of the UK’s leading nuclear policy makers, engineering construction and services companies, operators, site owners, and suppliers. There truly is something for everyone, no matter what role your organisation plays in this fascinating and ever-expanding industry.
The session that I found particularly of interest were the presentations from SMEs, sharing their challenges and success stories of developing their business within the nuclear supply chain. Not only can we learn a lot from these other like-minded organisations but we can find future partners and collaborators in them for projects at home in the UK and overseas.
In addition to meeting other UK-based organisations, the 1-2-1 business meeting sessions allow you to book time with the international delegations. I had very informative discussions with manufacturers, distributors, UKTI commercial officers, and nuclear industry experts from Countries like Romania, Finland, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan and India, to name a few. This is a great platform to showcase your company to overseas territories without having to incur the associated high travel and accommodation costs during the initial exploration stage of a new market.
It is also a great place to catch up with existing partners and contacts from the UK, and overseas. Keith Franklin (Nuclear Fellow) from the British Embassy in Japan had accompanied a prestigious Japanese delegation and was able to make introductions to the right people, and give us an update on the current status of the nuclear reactors and decommissioning projects in Japan.
The event this year was extremely worthwhile. We met with several large and smaller organisations who are interested in our Hot Spot Locator500, a gamma-ray imaging device which was originally designed for the decontamination work in Fukushima Prefecture, and is now being optimised for decommissioning projects. There were even some who had never heard of the existence of such systems, and thus we explored new territories and hopefully planted the seeds of what will develop into new, exciting opportunities.
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About the Author:
Natalie Stirrup is Innovative Physics’ (IPL) Business Development Manager, and is focused on developing existing and new markets for their unique radiation detection and identification equipment. Natalie has a passion for learning about different cultures, and gaining a better understanding of how they operate in order to form effective and efficient collaborations. IPL work closely with overseas business partners including distributors, agents and other research and development organisations. IPL are always on the lookout for new opportunities and partners. If you would like to find out more information about IPL’s radiation detection solutions, please visit www.inphys.com or email Natalie Stirrup at email@example.com.
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