Organic waste conversion specialist Advetec is to move its head office to larger premises and take on more staff in order to deal with a “pipeline of new orders” across the globe.
The firm is also setting up “strategic offices” in the US, United Arab Emirates, India and Asia and deals have been struck with distributors in Spain and Italy.
Advetec said it was on course to quadruple its turnover to £30m by 2017 through strong sales its on-site rapid thermal organic waste reduction units – the Bio-Thermic Digester and recently launched RapTOR (Rapid Thermal Organic Reduction) system.
The firm is taking on 15 new staff members and moving from its current location in Midsomer Norton in Somerset to the Charlton Business Park in Bath.
Advetec was set up in 2000 and has pioneered the use of extremophile bacteria to deal with organic waste streams. By reducing the volume of waste on-site, companies can save on haulage and disposal costs.
Craig Shaw, Advetec chief executive, said: “With growing international interest, and organisations as diverse as US food courts to Spanish water utilities queuing to trial and deploy our technology, we have quickly outgrown our old premises.
“The new laboratory space in particular will enable us to continue our understanding of extremophile bacteria strains and the bio-stimulants we use to enhance their biological activity and how we optimise these for different organic waste streams.”
In 2014, Shaw joined a trade mission to the United Arab Emirates as part of a programme to boost small businesses through international trade deals.
Shaw spent 30 years as a marine biologist. In 2014 he told MRW: “I said that we need to use extremophiles, which live on the outer rims of underwater volcanoes, are aerobic and feed on organic material which has been deposited. They eat it fast because they are living in temperatures of 190-200°C.”