New labs and office facilities for expanding rapid thermal organic reduction specialist

Posted: Wednesday 8th June 2016

15 new staff members and plans to achieve £30 million turnover in 2017.

Advetec, the leader in rapid thermal organic reduction and a pioneer in the use of extremophile bacteria for digesting solid and liquid organic waste, will move to new, larger 25,000 sq ft office, laboratory and warehouse facilities on Bath's Charlton Business Park, to meet growing UK and international demand. New staff and investment will see the Advetec group quadruple its turnover in 2016 and be on track for expansion in 2017 achieving a company turnover of around £30 Million.

The company recently launched its next generation RapTOR (Rapid Thermal Organic Reduction) system, a high temperature in vessel solution for digesting organic content in difficult to handle mixed solid wastes and trommel fines. Advetec is gearing up for expansion following a pipeline of new orders and a series of international strategic partner agreements with waste management companies. These include the establishment of strategic offices in the USA, the UAE, India and Asia as well as distributors in Spain (Iberospec) and Italy (ETT).

Strong customer demand is resulting in enquiries and orders from US food courts and food manufacturers, along with hospitality companies, European municipal waste and waste water companies such as SUEZ, all looking at reducing food waste, mixed solid waste (MSW) organic fines and sewage sludge.

The company is already operating machines in the Middle East and the US directly from its UK facility. A new BTD is going to Italy, and the Spanish and Portuguese distributor Iberospec is now trialling the technology for regional sanitation and wastewater operators to digest dehydrated sewage sludge in Spain.

Zero waste to landfill and high haulage costs has left few options for many organisations dealing with organic waste, especially more complex organics and mixed waste streams that are unsuited to conventional AD processes. The Rapid Thermal Organic Reduction system or RapTOR provides an onsite solution for rapidly digesting organic waste at source, in turn significantly reducing waste disposal and transportation costs.

Craig Shaw, CEO for Advetec, says: "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. Our long association with the University of Bath makes it an ideal location."

In addition to new facilities, employee numbers have also increased by 15, strengthening key business areas including technical services, engineering, operations and R&D. In the last twelve months 17 new posts have been created with plans to recruit a further 15 positions by the end of 2016 including three apprentices from September.

Advanced remote telemetry means Advetec can now offer a complete managed service for customers, operating a machine 24/7 anywhere in the world, from its facility in the UK to ensure the process is fully optimised at all times. This is a significant benefit for customers who may not have the expertise or resources to manage the machine other than maintaining the feedstock. In addition, Advetec is now offering lease rental agreements.

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