A £45 million investment will more than double Wales’ plastic reprocessing capacity and create over 100 new jobs at the former Toyoda Gosei factory in Swansea.
Jayplas, a market leader in plastic reprocessing, will develop an advanced facility capable of processing at least 100,000 tonnes of flexible and rigid plastics a year, boosting the circular economy in Wales.
Once fully operational, it will reduce the carbon footprint of Wales by around 150,000 tonnes per year, the equivalent of taking 120,000 cars off the road, making a significant contribution towards zero waste and net zero emissions by 2050.
The facility will develop over three phases:
- A Mixed Kerbside Rigid Plastics & Film Sorting Plant.
- A Bottle Wash & Extrusion Plant
- A flexible Packaging Wash & Processing Plant.
Minister for the Economy, Vaughan Gething said: “I’m delighted to welcome Jayplas to Swansea for this significant development and vote of confidence in our workforce and net zero ambitions.
“Increasing capacity to reprocess and recycle plastic here in Wales opens opportunities to create an innovative and sustainable industry. This project includes significant skilled and green job creation, supports our decarbonisation journey, increases our reprocessing and recycling capacity and supports a stronger, fairer and greener economy.”
Minister for Climate Change, Julie James said: “I am very pleased to see this facility being developed in Wales. It aligns with our commitment to move to a zero waste, net zero carbon Wales and is well timed as we work to bring in the new Workplace Recycling Regulations in April next year, which will further improve the supply of high-quality plastic for recycling.”
Jayplas commercial manager Kerry O’Neill added: “We have worked closely with the Welsh Government to expand our operations into Wales.
“We will utilise the latest, state of the art technology to ensure we have market leading facilities producing the highest quality products and bring long-term investment and sustainable employment to the area.”
Shigenori Matsuo, Managing Director Toyoda Gosei UK, said: “I am delighted that TGUK had created a lasting legacy for the site in Swansea to provide Jayplas with a strong foundation for developing a state-of-the-art facility, investment, growth and employment in the area.”