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INDUSTRYNEWS Underpinning customer service with six-figure investment in new fleet Representing a significant six-figure investment, it includes the purchase of a two-part split wagon, giving the Wellingborough-based trade fabricator increased access and flexibility to deliver to site. Kush Patel, Operations Director said: “Rising fuel prices are a problem across the industry. We have invested in a new and fuel efficient fleet now, so that we don’t have to pass those costs on to our customers going forward. “This sits as part of our wider strategy to keep down costs to our customers wherever we can. This focus on lean manufacturing is allowing us to maintain price points despite some significant challenges, nevermind rising material price increases too. “Fuel and energy costs in particular, are pushing up production overheads. But critically to date we have avoided having to pass those increases on to our trade customers by investing in technologies and streamlining our operations.” The wagons also feature a striking new livery, developed to build Emplas’ brand reputation within the trade buts also build increased consumer awareness. Visit, email or call 01933 674880. Emplas has continued its programme of infrastructure and customer service investment, with the purchase of a fleet of four new trucks and wagons. CREDIT LINE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECTS IN KYRGYZ REPUBLIC The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has launched a US$ 20 million credit line supporting energy efficiency improvements in households and private enterprises. Credits are complemented by donor funding provided by the EU Central Asia Investment Facility (IFCA). The total donor funding made available for technical assistance and grants offered together with the KyrSEFF credit line amounts to €3.8 million. Over the next four years, loans under the new Kyrgyz Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (KyrSEFF) will be provided through partner banks. KyrSEFF credits are now available through Demirbank and KICB, with additional partners expected to join in the next few months.“Working with the Kyrgyz banks on energy efficiency projects is a high priority for the EBRD. We hope that through our partner banks we can reach many Kyrgyz businesses and households that wish to invest in energy efficient equipment or insulation,” said Mike Taylor, EBRD Director for Financial Institutions, Central Asia, Caucasus and Mongolia. For private households, home improvements financed under the new credit line could include the installation of energy efficient windows and the insulation of walls, roofs and floors. Between 20 and 35 per cent of the loan amount will be paid towards the cost of the energy efficient project after completion (subject to KyrSEFF’s terms and conditions). Sustainable Energy Financing Facilities (SEFFS) – one component of the EBRD’s Sustainable Energy Initiative – are currently being implemented in 16 countries through more than 60 local banks. For more information visit EU AND JAPAN HEAD TOWARDS FREE TRADE AGREEMENT EU and Japan are to hold talks for a Free Trade Agreement. The talks later this year, will discuss agreement in goods, services and investment eliminating tariffs, non-tariff barriers and other trade-related issues, such as public procurement, regulatory issues, competition, and sustainable development. Japan is the EU’s seventh largest trading partner globally, and the EU’s second biggest trading partner in Asia after China. Conversely, the European Union is Japan’s third largest trading partner, after China and the United States. Together, the EU and Japan account for more than one third of the world’s GDP. Welcoming the decision, Lord Green, Minister for Trade and Investment, said: “An EU-Japan deal could increase EU GDP by €42bn a year, with a significant portion of the prize coming to the UK. Trade is a key part of the Government’s plan to rebalance the economy and support stronger growth which is why the Prime Minister has made it a cornerstone of our G8 presidency this year.” Japan is the 3rd largest economy in the world. With GDP twice the size of the UK and GDP per person 10 times that of China. Exports from the UK are worth £8 billion a year and 450 British companies have operations in Japan across a wide range of manufacturing, consumer goods, high tech and services sectors. For more information about the opportunities and the Japanese market – email: To read more, visit THE MAY 2013 ISSUE SPONSORED BY DURAFLEX 47