Health-Care Giant Opens Its Doors to Students; BUSINESS WESTGATE - CARDIFF: Exchange Programme Gives Japanese a Chance to See Technological Developments in Wales

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Health-Care Giant Opens Its Doors to Students; BUSINESS WESTGATE - CARDIFF: Exchange Programme Gives Japanese a Chance to See Technological Developments in Wales


STUDENTS from Japan have completed a fact-finding mission to the Cardiff operation of international healthcare company Nycomed Amersham.

The 24 students, from Kobegakuin University, were visiting the UK as part of an exchange programme with the University of Wales College of Medicine.

Amersham's open-door policy has been gaining momentum over the past few years after the company recognised that members of the public did not always know what it did nor the importance of the medical research equipment which it produced.

The company now actively encourages site visits which give members of the local community, businesses or interest groups an opportunity to see what goes on at the site and to ask any questions.

Upon arrival at the site the Japanese students were given a presentation which covered the history of the facility and Amersham plc.

They were also introduced to some recently-developed technologies which are designed for researchers in medical science and were then taken on a tour of the site and the grounds in which Amersham is set.

Andrew Berry, of the University of Wales College of Medicine, who accompanied the visitors on their tour, said, "The students really enjoyed the visit and found it extremely informative.

"It was a terrific chance to see such a facility and I really think the students could relate to the company because Amersham is such a well-known and familiar name in the pharmaceutical industry, Site manager Grahame Guilford said, "I am really pleased with the success of the open-door policy so far this year.

"We've had some great visits and are thrilled to have been able to show our site to so many people from near and far.

"We welcome anybody who wants to come and have a look around. All they have to do is give us a call and arrange a time."

Awebsite celebrating the 140-year history of one of the most emotive symbols of Wales's industrial heritage, the miner's lamp, has been opened The site, www. etw. ltd. co. uk is the first of its kind to chart the history of the lamps still produced by Aberdare-based E Thomas & Williams, the world's oldest miner's-lamp manufacturer, which first produced its Cambrian Safety Lamp in 1860. The website is a public and private-sector partnership led by Cardiff Chamber of Commerce.

Tyrone O'Sullivan, chairman of Tower Colliery, the last remaining deep coal mine in Wales, was chosen to officially unveil the website at Rhondda Heritage Park, the site of the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery.

As the only approved manufacturer of safety lamps in Wales, the company produces 21st-centurycompliant safety lamps which are used at Tower Colliery and at many other mines throughout the world.

The team formed to create the website, the Welsh Miner's Lamp Heritage Partnership, is led by the Rhondda office of Cardiff Chamber of Commerce.

The grouping includes the University of Glamorgan and its Graduate Teleworking Initiative and Valleys web-design company Mawr, with NTL hosting the site.

Aberdare computer company Acemake has donated computer hardware to the Cambrian Lamp Works, enabling regular updates to the site.

Despite the decline of the Welsh coalfield sales of the lamps produced at the Cambrian Lamp Works go from strength to strength and are in high demand on the worldwide collectables market, including Japan, the USA and Australia.

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