KILLARNEY Plastics has expanded its operations into France, a move that has created 15 new jobs at the companies Ballyspillane Industrial Estate headquarters.
Last week the company, which is part of the Killarney Manufacturing Group (KMG), opened a new assembly and distribution centre in the western French city of Poitiers.
Killarney Plastics, which has been in business since 1976, plan to ship its highquality plastic sewage treatment systems to France in flatpack, assemble them in Poitiers and distribute them through a network of partners across the country.
With the help of Enterprise Ireland and its own newlyhired French-speaking staff, the company has already taken a foothold in the market after it secured a much sought after French government licence to supply waste water treatment equipment.
French laws mean only "Agrément" certified waste water treatment systems can be installed in France to treat effluent.
The application process to receive Agrément Certification, involves many months of technical submittals, testing, recording and submitting treatment results along with a proven record of production and service capabilities.
Killarney Plastics is one of only two companies in Ireland that have managed to secure such a licence and who have now been given access to the lucrative French market.
Managing Director Michael Stack said he's excited about the expansion.
"When you look at it, in a country with a population of 65 million, the possibilities are huge," he said.
Thanks to the expansion into Europe the company has now created 15 new jobs at its Killarney plant, which now employs 80 people.
The company began by manufacturing water tanks and has since expanded to provided plastic products with a huge range of uses from waste water treatment, to road safety devices, automotive mouldings and gas and electricity meter casings.