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Heathrow celebrates record year for exports with York company

A York based company has been selected by the UK’s hub airport, Heathrow to appear in a brand new installation which is celebrating the country’s top exports.

Industrial Textiles and Plastics Ltd is one of only 13 products on show within a cargo inspired exhibition at the airport’s T5 terminal. 

But even through Heathrow has seen a 5.3 per cent increase in the volume of cargo in 2014, new research shows that people of Yorkshire have little knowledge of the scale and diversity of goods that are exported from the UK.

The new study found that 73 per cent of people in the area have no idea what the UK exports across the world. The UK is Europe’s second biggest exporter, second only to Germany, and the fifth biggest exporter worldwide.

90 per cent of Yorkshire residents did not know that 408 tonnes of diamonds are transported by air across the world, the highest value export at over £4.3 billion.

A further 57 per cent didn’t know we export 17,350 tonnes of fresh fish.

Nearly three in four (73 per cent) were surprised to learn that that the UK transports 71 tonnes of clocks and watches to Switzerland, the most notorious watch makers, as well as exporting to further flung countries like Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.

Medicines and pharmaceuticals are also a high value British export with only 40 per cent realising it is a major export.

Marc van der Voort, managing director of ITP said: “The export division of our business has seen notable growth over recent years with particular interest in our scaffold sheeting and building membrane products from across the globe. 

“We use a range of transport options, including air freight out of Heathrow to Dubai and Thailand, which allows us to respond quickly and reliably to customer requirements.”

The UK’s hub airport also found out that a quarter of those questioned didn’t realise that exports could be transported by air, believing that all goods were transported by boat (21 per cent).

Air freight accounts for 40 per cent (or around £400 billion) of total UK imports and exports, of which Heathrow ships 66 per cent per cent. 

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