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Byline: Ieuan Wyn Jones

SINCE last July I have spent much of my time visiting companies across North Wales who are promoting excellence and innovation and are taking enormous pride in the products they are creating. These are the companies who are creating the wealth the rest of us depend upon.

I aminvariably impressed by the commitment of business owners, managers and staff, and value their insight.

During the short period I have served you as minister I have not only learnt so much about the efforts of the business community of North Wales to boost our economy but I have also become very impatient about achieving even more.

We have so much potential as a nation, particularly aswe strive to meet some of the major challenges of our day - in finding our own, successful way in the new global economy and through taking serious steps in tackling the threat of climate change.

It was particularly pleasing therefore to attend the opening of a highly innovative company in North Wales last week.

CRT Recycling Ltd is located in Rhydymwyn, nearMold, and it was a privilege to see their achievements for myself.

The company recycles cathode ray tubes, or CRTs, which account for more than half the weight of our television sets.

In the past, television manufacturers used virgin rawmaterials tomake TV tubes, which meant that millions of old sets were routinely binned.

Today such reckless squandering of the world's resources can no longer be condoned.

Landfill sites are filling up and climate change is a top priority for governments worldwide.

So as well as saving on energy and materials, it is vital to devise new technologies that support the goal of living more sustainably - and that of course opens up new opportunities.

I want to see businesses putting Wales at the centre of this vital area of innovation - and that is precisely what I found in Rhydymwyn.

Thanks to the vision and drive of managing director David Burton and his colleagues, CRT Recycling has introduced advanced technology to reuse old TVs for production of new tubes - for the first time in the UK.

It is worth noting that while television tube manufacturing has largely moved out of Europe, new developments in recycling are taking place here in Wales.

We have constantly to scan the horizon for imaginative ways of production that minimise waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

This is why our One Wales programme of government aims at developing an all-Wales green jobs strategy. New, green technologies create business opportunities as well as stemming climate change.

On that note, I also visited BML Bio-fuels last week in Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr to launch the first plant in Wales to extract oil by cold pressing oilseed rape plants.

The company has been created by three local farmers and backed by grant aid from my department. It will produce some 1.3 million litres of bio-diesel every year - which will be both cleaner and around 40% cheaper than conventional diesel.

I am proud that our Welsh government has assisted these companies - and I'm also aware that the key ingredient in their development is their vision and will to succeed.

My aim is to help many more businesses along the same road to success.

Ieuan Wyn Jones is the Welsh Assembly Government's Deputy First Minister, Minister for the Economy and Transport and Anglesey AM


Ieuan Wyn Jones discusses the recycling of television tubes with CRT director Andre Assman
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Jun 18, 2008
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