A global drinks can manufacturing giant is to build a $200 million (£149 million) plant near Belfast creating a “large number” of jobs.
Ardagh Metal Packaging, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, said the plant is part of a multi-billion-dollar investment strategy to build new, “infinitely recyclable” metal packaging capacity in Europe, North America and Brazil.
The precise location of the plant – which is in the pre-planning stage – has not been revealed but the company said it will be near Belfast and close to its key customers across the island of Ireland, Great Britain and Europe.
One of those customers is Coca Cola which has a large bottling plant near Lisburn.
“It is great to see this investment in the new can making facility and in Northern Ireland, especially as it will supply high-quality beverage cans to our plants,” Marcel Martin, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Coca-Cola HBC, said. “With our own state-of-the-art production facility in Knockmore Hill, Lisburn, Ardagh’s investment showcases the importance of partnership to bringing shared value to suppliers and customers and aligns with our desire to shorten our supply chain to reduce emissions and buy local where possible and support local jobs and communities.”
AMP is 75% owned by Ardagh Group the international packaging group which traces its origins back to glass manufacturing in Dublin in the 1930’s.
Oliver Graham, CEO of AMP, said the project is an important part of AMP’s global investment programme.
“We are delighted to be investing in Northern Ireland supporting our clients’ sustainability needs and further reducing our carbon footprint by locating capacity closer to our end customers.”
The plant is expected to be up and running by 2023 with recruitment set to commence in 2022.
The company said posts will be available for engineers, technicians and other roles.