Belfast Telegraph

Innovative waste firm sets sights on global markets

By Clare Weir

A Northern Ireland waste management company is undergoing a £750,000 redevelopment with the creation of nine jobs.

Waste Systems, a Co Tyrone company set up just last year to develop an innovative waste recovery unit, is hoping to grow its management, production and marketing capability.

The Plumbridge company is planning to recruit a production manager, a designer, an administrator, a sales person and five production operatives.

It will also implement an extensive marketing programme targeting Great Britain, France, the Republic and the USA.

Both the cost of researching and developing the new unit and the current investment, which will create the new posts, have been supported by Invest Northern Ireland, with part funding by the European Regional Development Fund.

Nishi Ward, founder and managing director of Waste Systems, said: "We have recently completed installation of the unit for a French customer and with worldwide patent protection in place we are confident of achieving our target of annual sales growth of 50% over the next two years. Invest NI's R&D support was essential in helping me develop the unit. Its ongoing support for growing the business will help ensure that we can take advantage of opportunities arising from EU legislative requirements governing reduction of waste to landfill and sustainable construction."

Carol Keery, director of Invest NI's Innovation, Research and Technology division, added: "Waste Systems has identified an opportunity in the growing global market for efficient waste management systems and has acted quickly to develop a product with unique selling points."