THE GEOSCIENCEWales cluster was officially launched last month at the Tomorrow's Wales conference and exhibition in Llandudno, North Wales.
The cluster is made up of about 200 small and medium-sized businesses from North Wales involved in geoscience and related industries.
Formed with the support of the Welsh Development Agency (WDA), the group hopes to bid for larger UK and international projects that they could not have done individually. The WDA provided funding for the launch and a website.
The cluster is chaired by Dr John Reynolds, managing director of Reynolds Geo-Sciences, and expects to generate significant economic growth and employment opportunities for the region over the next few years.
North Wales has a high concentration of professional geoscience expertise, which has grown up around industries such as mining and mineral extraction. The geoscience consultancies, laboratories, products and services in the region have an estimated annual turnover of £20M and provide employment for thousands of people.
Geoscience Wales has identified six business sectors that reflect the breadth of skills, experience, products and services offered by cluster members: minerals, petroleum, training, information technology, renewable energy and environment.
Geoscience Wales will be based in the Conwy Business Centre at Llandudno Junction.