Business leaders from China have been on a whistle-stop tour of some of North Staffordshireâ€™s most innovative design and manufacturing firms during a trade visit to the UK.
Delegates from major cities such as Chongqing, in the south west of the country, and Dalian, in the north east, took a guided tour of technology businesses around Stoke-on-Trent and participated in a conference at Lucideonâ€™s headquarters in the city.
The advanced material research and manufacturing firm, formerly known as Ceram Ltd, is leading the way in the development of low-carbon, energy-efficient manufacturing techniques for the ceramics and construction industries, among others.
Lucideon chief executive Tony Kinsella welcomed the delegates and said that the visit was â€œa big moment for the company, and also for the cityâ€ in terms of showcasing what Stoke-on-Trent has to offer international markets.
He also said that adopting a more outward-looking approach to securing inward investment from abroad would â€œraise the profile of the city and attract a lot of global investmentâ€.