DNCC Award winner energised by Trade Minister visit
October 13th, 2013
Lord Green, the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, visited DNCC member Chinook Sciences last week to see its world-leading clean technology in action.
He heard how the company''s success is leading to significant exports, inward investment and local job creation.
The company - which won the Excellence in Innovation award at DNCC''s Nottinghamshire''s BEST Business Awards on Friday - has developed the world''s leading advanced thermal treatment technology.
Chinook’s world-leading clean technology has been deployed in 16 installations worldwide to date and has been in commercial operation for more than 13 years.
Lord Green was introduced to Dr Rifat Chalabi and Harry Perry, two of the founders of the company, who have been responsible for much of the groundbreaking research and development which has been the foundation of Chinook’s growth and success, including its 98 patents already granted.
The Minister was given a tour of Chinook’s control centre, which is able to remotely monitor and manage plants that are operating on both sides of the Atlantic.
He was then given a briefing by senior management on Chinook’s current projects under construction, including Oldbury in the West Midlands.
Lord Green said: “It was fascinating to visit a Nottinghamshire and British success story here at Chinook. It’s a great example of a world-leader in clean technology.
“The team at UK Trade & Investment will continue to support Chinook and I am delighted that we are playing our part in helping the firm to continue in its success.”
The Chinook team also presented their wider growth plans for the business, highlighting the considerable opportunities for Chinook’s UK supplier base which includes more than 240 British companies who supply over 90 per cent of the content of the Chinook technology.
Of the Company’s future growth Dr Rifat Chalabi, Chinook’s Chairman and Chief Executive commented: “It’s very gratifying to see the fruition of our hard work and investment. Since the company was founded in 1999 we have continuously reinvested our profits in research and development, over £15m in the past three years alone.
"We’ve deliberately kept a low profile until now but with these major projects, future partners and investors are now beating a path to our door. We are keen to work closely with the local and national government to take advantage of the opportunity we have created.”