Soft drinks maker Britvic has invested £22.5 million (€26.4 million) in its sixth bottling line at its East London factory in Beckton.
Chief executive officer, Simon Litherland; chair Ian Durant; and supply chain director, Nigel Paine, inaugurated the new bottling line.
"Opening the sixth bottling line at Beckton marks the latest milestone in a series of investments into our supply chain," Paine commented.
"As we continue to grow and meet increasing demand, boosting our capacity at the Beckton site allows us to keep delivering on our goals and create a resilient business."
New Bottling Line
The new line features state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and unlocks new technological capabilities that enable faster and more efficient production, the company said in a statement.
The new team members will begin a 12-week course to train for the technical expertise needed to manage the new installation.
They will be working in engineering and manufacturing roles and bring the total site headcount to over 240 people, Britvic added.
The latest investment follows an £8 million (€9.4 million) investment to improve energy efficiency at the site.
The company has teamed up with GEA to deliver the project, with the installation commencing this summer to make Beckton sustainable for the future.
Britvic has also invested nearly £40 million (€46.9 million) in its Rugby factory to install new canning lines and £19 million (€22.3 million) to upgrade its national distribution centre.