Smurfit Kappa has announced that it is to invest around €40 million in a transformation project for its Mold plant in North Wales.
The company will use the money to expand production capacity at the facility, making it the largest box factory in the UK and meeting the growing demand for sustainable packaging.
The addition of state-of-the-art equipment in the plant will reduce CO2 emissions (per tonne) by 15%.
'Future Needs Of Our Customers'
Commenting on the announcement, 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.”
Highlights Of The Project
As part of the project, the packaging giant will construct a three-acre nature trail comprising a local stream and new footpath, which can be used by both site staff and the local community.
It will also plant 10,000 trees, shrubs and bushes in partnership with the local heritage and conservation project, Park in the Past.
Excess soil removed as part of the factory extension will be used by the nearby heritage project.
The plant, which employs 194 people, has been in operation since 1994 and is a major regional employer.