Netherlands-based recycling technology provider Envipco has opened an advanced manufacturing facility in Alba County, Romania.

Located in Sebes Industrial Park, the plant is designed to have a capacity of 15,000 units a year.

It is expected to create jobs for up to 100 people.

Envipco Romania managing director Bogdan Purcherea said: “This is a proud day for me and the local team as we open this European manufacturing facility.

“Through the investment, we will develop capabilities for recycling and sustainable technology here in Alba Iulia and have the possibility to contribute to the local economy through local sourcing and employment.

“We appreciate the support of all stakeholders in this, an important enabler for executing Romania’s journey to improved recycling and a circular economy.”

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The plant’s opening is in line with Envipco’s strategy to expand its infrastructure and capacity as it prepares to increase its growth over the coming years.

It will join the company’s existing main facility in the US and other specialist facilities in Germany and Greece. 

The value of the investment has not been disclosed.

Envipco CEO Simon Bolton said: “This is a great step in the growth journey for Envipco as we build capacity for the future.

“We have been operating in Romania for over a decade and chose the site due to its excellent location, infrastructure, supply base and talent.

“We look forward to building both the manufacturing base here to support the whole of Europe and contributing with our products to Romania’s implementation of its own deposit return scheme.”

Envipco develops and operates reverse vending machines (RVMs) in several countries, holding several intellectual property rights for RVM systems.

In 2019, the company was part of a dry recycling programme in Suffolk, UK, led by Viridor and Suffolk County Council.