Lord Livingston, Minister of International Trade, and Alistair Carmichael, Secretary of State for Scotland recently visited SPX’s Flow Power and Energy ClydeUnion Pumps manufacturing facility in Glasgow, UK.
The visit took place as part of the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) initiative for assisting UK exporters and helping to promote local manufacturing industry growth. Power and Energy’s Glasgow facility is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of complete pumping systems and serves the nuclear power, conventional power, oil and gas, water and wastewater, and other industrial sectors.
In addition to touring the Glasgow facility, Lord Livingston and Alistair Carmichael met with senior management on-site as well as with many of the young apprentices participating in an apprentice program SPX has invested in to help it maintain its competitive edge in supplying innovative pumping solutions.
Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael commented, "The work being undertaken by SPX in Glasgow reflects the huge potential Scotland has in growing exports through engineering excellence. Apprentice programs are an important part of ensuring we enhance the skills of future generations benefiting companies like SPX and ultimately Scotland's economy. The UK Government through UKTI's extensive trade network remains committed to ensuring we make the most of our outstanding talent both at home and across the globe.”
Gwyn Pugh, Glasgow Plant Director said, “We very much enjoyed the visit by Lord Livingston and Mr. Carmichael. We put significant investment into the development of our products and people and are looking to further strengthen our exports into our key market areas with the support of the UKTI initiative. As a business, SPX continually strives to innovate and solve customer problems with solutions that deliver reliability, efficiency and sustainability. At our Glasgow facility, we have the skills and capability to produce a range of products and customized solutions that meet the most exacting of application and regulatory requirements."