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Smurfit Kappa to invest £34m at North Wales plant
Smurfit Kappa is investing £34m at its site in Mold, Flintshire, that will further expand capacity and allow the company to meet the growing demand for sustainable packaging. An investment in state-of-the-art equipment will also reduce CO2 per tonne emissions by 15% at the plant.
As one of the largest paper-based packaging companies in the world, this latest investment is set to make the Flintshire site the largest box factory in the UK. The plant, which currently employs 194 staff, has been in operation since 1994.
Smurfit Kappa UK and Ireland CEO, Eddie Fellows, said, “This investment in North Wales will increase our capability, flexibility and speed of response to deliver unrivalled, innovative packaging solutions to customers across the UK and Ireland. We are determined to meet the future needs of our customers in a sustainable way. It is vital that our investment has benefits for the local community and the environment.”
The design of the factory extension fits into the local landscape with the construction of a three-acre nature trail. It will incorporate a local stream and a new footpath which can be used by both site staff and the local community. Working in partnership with Park in the Past, a local heritage and conservation project, an extra 10,000 trees, shrubs and bushes will be planted. Excess soil to be removed as part of the factory extension will be used by the nearby heritage project.
An onsite experience centre will also enable customers the chance to come into the facility to see the science, creativity and data used to innovate, customise and implement sustainable packaging solutions.