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Technologists seal gas deal with Far East; Gwynedd group to supply China.

Byline: MARTIN WILLIAMS

AN INNOVATIVE Caernarfon business signed a major deal to supply formaldehyde detection instruments to health authorities in China.

PPM Technology, based on the town's Cibyn Industrial Estate, says orders between itself and the Far East have totalled more than PS100,000.

PPM employs 10 people in Gwynedd, manufacturing indoor air quality monitors and gas detection products. Managing director John Jones said at least 70% of its sales are from overseas.

He told Business Post: "It's fantastic news that a large tender has been won by our distributors in PR China, Science International.

John Jones of PPM "We will supply 120 of our hand-held instruments for detection of formaldehyde in the air - the Formaldemeter htv. "The instruments will be supplied to the Government Procurement Office of Shan Xi Province."

He added: "As well as this tender, we've also received an order for 60 instruments from our distributors in China.

"The Far East has been our biggest market for a number of years, thanks in part to legislation introduced which demanded monitoring of formaldehyde levels in many industries and workplaces."

Science International, which has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, has been one of PPM's best-selling distributors for a number of years.

"This latest sale suggests our co-operation will continue in a similar manner in years to come," said Mr Jones.

"It's fantastic news and a great way to kick off 2013."

Formaldehyde is a colourless gas with a characteristic pungent odour.

It is widely used in many industries and causes severe health issues if used inappropriately.

Sources of formaldehyde include pressed wood products - such as particle board, hardwood, plywood panelling and MDF, paints, adhesives, varnishes and floor finishes and household products such as wallpaper, cardboard and paper products.

PPM Technology works from a custom-built development and production facility and was established by Dr Tom Parry Jones in 1993.

Previously, he was the founding owner of Lion Laboratories, a world leader in breath alcohol detection technology, which was sold in 1991 to MPD Inc of Kentucky.

Its products are exported to over 30 countries in five continents.

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