Posted: Wed 10th Mar 2021

Major packaging firm is investing over £34 million at its Flintshire base as demand for business grows

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 10th, 2021


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A major packaging firm is investing over £34 million at its Flintshire base as demand for business grows

As part of the investment, 10,000 trees will be planted in partnership with a local heritage and conservation project.

Europe’s leading corrugated packaging company Smurfit Kappa

Smurfit Kappa originally took on the corrugated packaging facility on Mold Business Park back in 2010.

The European company is to extend the capacity of the plant on Maes Gwern Road by more than 14,000 square metre.

The investment at the site will make it the largest box factory in the UK and allow the company to meet the growing demand for sustainable packaging.

The company says the site will employ ‘state-of-the-art equipment’ aimed at reducing CO2 per tonne emissions by 15% at the plant.

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.”

The design of the factory extension fits seamlessly into the local landscape.

A three-acre nature trail will be constructed. It incorporates 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.

The on-site Experience Centre offers customers the chance to come into the facility to see the science, creativity and data used to innovate, customise and implement sustainable packaging solutions.

The plant, which employs 194 staff and has been in operation since 1994.

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