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Kevin Parkin, managing director of Sheffield heavy-engineering company Davymarkham, recently attended ‘Coal: The Social, Economic, Regeneration and Climate Change Opportunities’.

The conference was held at the University of Sheffield and was supported by the Coalfield Regeneration Trust.

The focus was on the positive contribution of coal to global power generation, government policy for the industry and future techniques and knowledge exchange in the mining and burning of coal.

Involving a series of guest speakers from the worlds of politics, business and academia, the event was hosted by the former deputy prime minister John Prescott, who also delivered the keynote address, and was introduced by Ed Miliband, secretary of state for energy and climate change.

Davymarkham, which produced the majority of mine hoists for the UK coal industry, felt it could become usefully involved in the design and manufacture of equipment to assist in the more efficient burning of coal, as well as the storage of CO2 in underground facilities and the processing of material at mines and power stations.

Davymarkham exhibited at the conference and was part-sponsor of one of its seminars.

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