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A Co Tyrone company has won its first contract in Italy where its equipment will be used to help a region recover from an earthquake three years ago.

Kiverco in Dungannon said the deal, worth a six-figure sum, would involve using its mobile recycling plant to recover post-earthquake rubble in Umbria, central Italy.

The heavy equipment firm consults, designs, manufactures and builds recycling plants for all types of waste. The company is run by husband and wife Aidan and Anne McKiver and was founded in 2004.

It has worked with economic development agency Invest NI over a number of years focusing on new export markets.

Managing director Anne McKiver said: "We are constantly looking for business opportunities across the globe for our equipment.

"Invest NI's trade team has supported us to make several export market visits to Italy where we are now growing our business.

"It is now producing results with our first sale in Italy."

In August 2016 an earthquake measuring 6.2 magnitude hit the Umbria region. Now, over two years on, a local authority has bought Kiverco's mobile equipment to help recycle the debris and turn it into materials meeting EU standards for the use of aggregates in road building.

Alison Gowdy, Invest NI trade director, said: "Developing new export markets takes time and investment.

"We have supported Kiverco to build its export activities through support to exhibit at large European trade shows, access to translation services and help with export market visits.

"The Italian market was completely new to this company and I am delighted that the work put in to access this market is now paying off."

Kiverco has previously won other major international contracts including a £1m order in Dubai.

Speaking when the contract was announced in 2013, then-Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster praised the firm: "Kiverco is an innovative, forward-thinking business which is demonstrating a clear commitment to seek out and exploit developing opportunities outside Northern Ireland. The company is progressing very well in its objective to gain new export sales."

Mr McKiver said the business had proved to be internationally competitive: "Winning these contracts demonstrates the effectiveness of our products against international competition and we are in the process of taking on more staff throughout our business to fulfil the workload we now currently have," he added.

Belfast Telegraph