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03Feb94 UK: STEELWORK PLEA ON EXPORT AID.

Constructional steelwork firms are calling for Government support for their export drive after overseas orders trebled last year.Leading firms like Watson Steel - which landed a £13 million order for the huge Kansai Airport (left) - are improving Britain's balance of trade.Steelwork for Kansai Airport was fabricated in Britain and then shipped to Japan and erected under the supervision of Watson staff.But Dr Derek Tordoff, director of British Constructional Steelwork Association, believes a special support fund of a few million pounds could create another 10,000 jobs in Britain.He says support is needed because steelwork contractors are not eligible for Government grants as contracts fall below the £50 million threshold. But firms are increasingly being asked to provide alternative designs when bidding for major contracts and in some cases the up-front costs can be as high as £250,000. CONSTRUCTION NEWS