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New international drywall contracts for UK firms

Two UK businesses are taking part in a new government-led initiative to deliver their expertise for the provision of construction services in Sweden.Astins and Measom - both drywall partitioning contractors - will now take part in one of the most ambitious hospital-build and servicing projects in the world for the New Karolinska Solna (NKS) University Hospital in Stockholm.Working in collaboration with Skanska, both Astins and Meason beat competition from a host of Sweden's domestic drywall suppliers - highlighting the excellent regard in which both companies are held.Indeed, Johan Karlstrom, chief executive officer of Skanska, noted cooperation between itself and a range of UK companies has been instrumental in the bidding phase of the NKS project, with the firms having an influential role in ensuring workplace safety for the scheme.Aiming to open in 2016, the NKS University Hospital will provide highly-specialised care for patients, while also carrying out extensive patient-focused clinical research and education.It is being delivered as part of a public-private partnership between Stockholm County Council and project company Swedish Hospital Partners and will deliver a "purpose-built environment that facilitates the healing process and stimulates both patients and staff".UK business secretary Vince Cable responded to the appointment stating the UK has world-class expertise in the areas of construction, architecture and design, so it is therefore excellent news to see British firms taking the lead on international projects of this scale."The announcement that Astins and Measom have secured high-value contracts on a major Swedish infrastructure project underlines the fact that construction is a sector where Britain has a strong competitive edge and shows why we are working hard to help more UK firms gain business overseas," he added.Business links between Sweden and the UK remain strong and have been so for several decades. In 2012, Sweden was the UK's 13th largest export market, while conversely, the UK was the Nordic nation's fourth-largest importer of goods and services. 

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