Some of the UK's leading players in the field of green technology are taking part in an ambitious trade mission to China as the world's second largest economy strives to render its gargantuan manufacturing sector more environmentally friendly.

A total of 13 companies and five academic groups are participating in the trade mission, which has been organized by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) – the UK government’s “innovation agency.” The participating companies encompass a broad variety of technological areas and include biotech company Ingenza, industrial microwave firm E2V,…