A Redcar firm has won a competition for its exports success.

Micropore Technologies, a solutions provider for specialist particles and emulsion manufacturing, has been announced as one of Heathrow Airport's Global Britain Business Champions.

Micropore exports to around 30 countries via Heathrow, taking advantage of the time savings offered by air freight. Located near Teesside airport, the company makes use of Heathrow’s direct regional connectivity, forging links between Teesside and the rest of the world.

A Micropore spokesperson said: “We have long targeted our growth strategy towards export markets.

"This is of even greater importance today in the supply of technologies that help simplify and speed up the manufacture of mRNA vaccines.

"A long-established subsidiary in the USA and a more recent one in India together with agencies in Japan and South Korea mean that we need good international passenger connections to be able to meet customers and good international freight connections to supply goods to those global customers from our UK manufacturing base in the North East.

"Heathrow, with its connections to Teesside and Newcastle airports fulfils both these needs.”

International visitors who came to the North East via Heathrow spent in excess of £350m in the local economy in 2019, a number that was growing until the pandemic.

Heathrow enables much of this tourism and business travel with over 60 flights to Newcastle every week in 2019, and eight new flights per week to Teesside Airport in 2020.