AN engineering firm on the Isle of Wight has secured a major contract to help in the Fukushima nuclear disaster clean-up operation.
Innovative Physics in Shanklin said the initial contract, worth more than £100,000, was to provide Hot Spot Locators to key players working on the decontamination of land, forests and homes around the nuclear power site, devastated by an explosion in 2011.
There is the potential of future orders reaching £1 million, according to the company which has been supplying the Japanese nuclear industry with handheld radiation detectors for years.
The Hot Spot Locator, which will be demonstrated at the Counter Terror Expo 2013 in London later this month, is specifically designed to be portable, reliable and easy to use in tough conditions.
Dr David Prendergast, Innovative Physics’ chief technical officer, said: "The Hot Spot Locator is the next-generation detection device to help emergency response teams react quickly to nuclear incidents.
"It deploys unique imaging and detector technologies to capture images of radioactivity.
"Our customers will be able to detect and identify the concentrations and type of radiation present accurately and efficiently."
Island MP, Andrew Turner, recently visited the company, which was started in 2008 and employs 14 people, using many small Isle of Wight design and manufacturing companies in the development of new products.
Mr Turner said: "It is heart-warming in these difficult times to discover a small Island business which is doing very well, competing globally with the 'big boys’ nationally and internationally."