The sustainable packaging company said the new centre will deliver certain IT services to Ardagh's businesses across Europe, the Americas, and Africa.
Ardagh believes the move will be a 'pioneering' opportunity to make a positive difference by developing skills and creating jobs for South African youth in the field of technology.
Ardagh said its 2022 acquisition of Consol Glass, now known as Ardagh Glass Packaging – Africa, has been followed by further investment to meet growing demand for sustainable glass packaging in South Africa.
Positive Social Impact
The packaging company said the CoE will be an integral part of a range of positive social impact investments in South Africa, in particular Cape Town.
Ardagh Glass Packaging – Africa operates seven production facilities in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia, manufacturing a range of glass packaging for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.
Ardagh will also be working with EXL, an analytics and digital operations company, and CapaCiti as project implementation partners.
Additionally, Ardagh said it will work alongside several local charities as a means of giving back to the local communities around Cape Town and to underline Ardagh's commitment to the region.
'Global Business Objectives'
"With world-class technology skills and an established infrastructure, Cape Town provides the perfect home for Ardagh's new Centre of Excellence," said Paul Coulson, chair of Ardagh Group. "We look forward to growing our presence to support our global business objectives."
"With social development at the core of our sustainability strategy, our Centre of Excellence in Africa will help to empower local youth as well as underpin Ardagh's future in, and commitment to, the region."