22/01/2008

Specialist product innovation firm establishes R&D base in Cardiff with investment from Finance Wales

A US company specialising in new product innovation utilising their discoveries into the bacterial, microbial and anti microbial world has set up a state-of-the-art research and development facility in Wales with investment from Finance Wales.


Biotal Technologies (UK) Ltd has established its R&D facility at Capital Business Park, Cardiff from where it will develop new technologies for its existing markets in washroom hygiene, the marine industry and new opportunities. Biotal Technologies have already developed world leading natural germicides for sanitary waste and environmentally sensitive products for treating waste generated on board ships.

With £100,000 investment from Finance Wales, a provider of commercial funding to SMEs in Wales, and a Regional Selective Assistance grant from the Welsh Assembly Government, the company will use the Wales base to focus on its worldwide R&D and the development of global sales. The combined investment into the new facility will total more than £300,000.

“The control of bacteria has often been dealt with by potentially hazardous materials. We have developed a unique way of treating them with natural materials which means that there is less impact on the environment”, said David apjohn-Williams of Biotal Technologies (UK) Ltd. “The investment from Finance Wales, the RSA from the Welsh Assembly Government and support from Cardiff Council were an important element to this latest phase”.

One of the companies products, Biosan P plus, is already effectively protecting customers using sanitary disposal units. It uses natural plant extracts to control potentially harmful micro-organisms in the waste allowing for safe disposal in a manner that will not harm the environment.

Ieuan Wyn Jones, Assembly Government Minister for the Economy and Transport, said the decision to set up an R&D operation in Wales was excellent news. “R&D drives forward innovation which is essential for business success and economic growth. Biotal is a technology based company developing a range of ‘green’ products designed to minimise any impact on the environment and I am pleased the Assembly Government has been able to support them in their new venture in Wales.”

Michael Owen, Senior Investment Executive at Finance Wales said: “Biotal Technologies has the potential for high growth within the UK, European and global markets and is continuously developing new, natural ways of dealing with waste associated products. Our investment will ensure a firm foundation for its future growth.”