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THE latest Federation of Master Builders' quarterly state of trade survey for 2001 is the 10th in succession to record an increase in small and medium-sized builders' workload, with nearly a third of respondents reporting higher levels of business than the previous three-month period.

North-West members showed one of the strongest performances of any region, with 41% of those surveyed experiencing increased workloads and nearly two-thirds of respondents expecting this level to be improved or maintained during the first quarter of 2002. But the lack of skilled labour still remains a big issue, the report found.

A HI-TECH Wirral firm has solved a production headache for Merthyr Tydfil-based auto company R-Tek which was experiencing difficulty fixing decorative trims to the inside of motor vehicle doors.

Heraeus Noblelight, at Bromborough's Croft Business Park, solved the problem by using infra red heat to bond special adhesive while the doors were passing along the production line.

TRADE Partners UK and Business Link Cheshire and Warrington are inviting applications for a trade mission to Madrid between April 14-18. The deadline to apply for tickets is February 1. The UK is Spain's fourth largest supplier with exports worth pounds 8bn in 2000 which is a 10% increase on 1999.

Applications should be made to Jon Caswell on 01925 715020.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 22, 2002
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