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Helping to make your business global

Two 'Business is GREAT' case studies featuring very different UK companies with the same mission - to increase exports and grow.

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Two companies are making the most of government support to grow their businesses, widen their markets and increase exports.

A very different silicon revolution

Limbs & Things is a world-leading business in medical education, designing and making human body parts out of silicon and foam latex. Its products include the Simulator ‘K’, a virtual cardiology patient on which a comprehensive clinical examination can be performed.

Limbs & Things

Today, it has 80 distributors around the world and exports 80% of its products. Limbs & Things has worked with UKTI over the years, where they have received support on trade missions and help at major industry exhibitions. Read the full story.

Don’t just make it, reinvent it

Meltech designs and manufactures high performance machinery and engineering solutions for the wire and cable, offshore and subsea, and metals processing industries. It has customers all over the world. It needed funding for research and development into a world-beating innovation, and turned to the Technology Strategy Board for support. The relatively new technology, called continuous rotary extrusion (CRE), can squeeze metals and shape them into complex forms in a single, continuous operation. For an industry such as cable-making, it is a highly effective solution.

Meltech exports 60% to 80% of its output and is a regular customer of UKTI using its Passport to Export programme to helps compile information. Find out more.

Published 9 May 2014