Dry Ice Scotland, which is currently based in Perthshire, has revealed expansion plans which include the development of a production facility in the south of Scotland and eight new jobs.
They will use it for the capture, purification and liquefaction of food grade, renewable CO2 and production of dry ice.
Explaining more, a company statement said: “In a boost to the UK’s current and longer term CO2 challenges, employing a process which is carbon negative, the new production facility will take the waste CO2 by-product from a nearby plant to produce liquid CO2 that is compressed into dry ice pellets and slices.
“Production capacity is expected to reach appropriately 8000 tonnes per annum with Dry Ice Scotland becoming one of the top three UK producers of dry ice.”
The business was established in 2011 and is now run by brothers and directors Richard and Ed Nimmons.
It supplies high density dry ice pellets and slices to a range of sectors, including pharmaceutical and food distribution.
Commenting on the Dumfries deal, Ed Nimmons said: “This project is a landmark in our long-term goal to decarbonise the dry ice industry by capturing and utilising local, renewable sources of food grade CO2.”
Richard Nimmons added: “This is a major step forward for the UK to be 100% reliable on domestic sources of food grade CO2 for dry ice manufacture, reducing transportation carbon footprint and insulating our customers from future CO2 shortages.”