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Barr Ellison Solicitors – commercial property
10 July, 2014 - 11:53 By News Desk

Region’s exports to US up 10 per cent to £3.59bn


East of England exports to the United States are almost 10 per cent ahead year-on-year, UKTI reports.

Exports from this region across the Atlantic reached more than £3.59 billion in the 12 months to end of March – making it the region’s largest market ahead of Germany, Netherlands France, Ireland and Belgium.

Products and services sold by companies in the East to US clients spanned a vast and diverse range of sectors from EdTech and academia to hi-tech, BioMedtech, AgriTech, CleanTech, chemicals, food & beverages and autocats for cars and lorries.

Liz Basing, East of England Regional Director for UKTI, said: “The United States remains the largest export market for businesses in our region, offering a diverse array of sub-markets with opportunities for companies from all business sectors. 

“The sheer scale of the market and the cultural and economic differences between states mean that the US should be treated as a series of individual markets.  

“That makes for a fascinating and rewarding place to do business. With each state having a GDP equivalent to some major European economies, companies need a carefully targeted approach to ensure they do business successfully and maximise the opportunities available.

“The team at UKTI East has extensive experience working with companies exporting to the United States, and can tap into a huge network of trade contacts. We are ready to work with business across the East of England to get them on the right export footing to get the most out of this vibrant market.”

One company guided by UKTI that has enjoyed recent success in the States is Cambridge based Polatis.

Polatis is a leading supplier of high performance optical cross-connect solutions for remote fibre-layer provisioning, protection, monitoring, reconfiguration and test, with over 1200 systems in-service worldwide.  

The resilient, field-proven DirectLight optical circuit switch technology adds dynamic connectivity to optical networks with minimal impact on system budgets and scales currently from 4x4 to 192x192 fibre ports with typical loss of less than 1dB. 

DirectLight is simple to manage with industry-standard control interfaces, now including OpenFlow support for software-defined network applications.  Using advanced actuation and sensor technology, DirectLight makes connections by pointing fibres directly at each other to achieve the best possible performance.

DirectLight creates transparent, bidirectional connections independent of colour, speed, protocol or power, enabling dark-fibre pre-provisioning of paths in mesh networks and assuring impairment-free transmission of even the most sensitive signals. 

Deployed in the most demanding applications since 2003, DirectLight provides robust optical layer connectivity for datacentre, telecoms, government, instrumentation and video networks.

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