Company looking to double its workforce

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable MP visiting Applied Superconductor Ltd in Blyth to see a new device that will reduce carbon emmissions and save energy companies millions.  He is pictured with ASL Projects Director Adrian Wilson.
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable MP visiting Applied Superconductor Ltd in Blyth to see a new device that will reduce carbon emmissions and save energy companies millions. He is pictured with ASL Projects Director Adrian Wilson.

A BLYTH company is looking to double its workforce in the next year.

Applied Superconductor Ltd (ASL) made the announcement during a visit from the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable.

The government minister was at the site to see first hand a renewable energy device that can save the energy industry over £600m in reduced capital costs by cutting 37 million tonnes of carbon emissions by 2020.

Mr Cable said: “The number of renewable energy sources is growing rapidly throughout the country, and Applied Superconductor Ltd is at the cutting edge of the technology that will maximize the energy contribution made by renewables, saving energy companies money as well as reducing their carbon emissions.”

As staff at the plant, at Charles Parsons Technology Site in High Quay Blyth, showed the minister around, sales and marketing director Chris Waller said the plant hoped to increase the workforce over the next 12 months.

He said: “We do want to grow the workforce in the next year and have started a recruitment drive now.”

The tour allowed the Business Secretary to see the Superconducting Fault Current Limiter, which will reduce energy losses and improve the quality and security of supply.

Mr Waller added “It has been a real privilege to have the Secretary of State here and recognise the work that has been going on.

“The business was set up by two people in 2004 and it took a long time to get going.

“But we have really been working hard over the last three years and this is a culmination of all that hard work.”