A specialist machinery company in Co Tyrone has designed a new device to open recycling bags without damaging their contents.
Environmental Marketing Solutions (EMS) said customers wanted a reasonably-priced device to help get recyclable waste out of plastic bags.
Over the last three years it has spent over £500,000 in research and development, supported by nearly £200,000 from Invest NI.
Sean McBride, business development manager at EMS, said: "The main options currently available are manual opening, which is labour intensive and therefore expensive, or passing the bag through a shredder, which damages some of the contents.
"The EMS machine opens the bag without damaging the contents. Our decision to invest substantially in research and development since we set up in 2006 has paid dividends and we will continue to develop new products for the sector.
"We have benefited from a range of support from Invest NI helping us both to develop new products and to bring them to market."
Now the Killyman-based firm is selling its products across the world, including North America, the Middle East and Portugal.
The company was set up in 2006 to design machines for recycling and construction.
Its other new products include a mobile shredder and a device for screening sticky material.
Carol Keery, Invest NI's director of innovation, research and technology, said R-amp;D and an export focus had helped the firm win new contracts.