Ardagh Metal Packaging to Build $ 200 Million Beverage Can Factory in Northern Ireland

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The new facility is part of a multi-billion dollar investment program by Ardagh Metal Packaging: involving increasing metal packaging capacity in Europe, North America and Brazil.

Customers for the plant will include Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, which has a production facility near Belfast, and counts Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland among its markets.

Capacity closer to end customers

Ardagh’s move to Global Point is expected to lead to the creation of a “large number” of full-time jobs for engineers, technicians and others, although the precise number of roles is still being finalized. Recruitment will begin next year, with the plant scheduled to become operational in 2023.

Ardagh Metal Packaging is currently at the pre-planning request stage and is actively engaged with local stakeholders on the project.

Oliver Graham, CEO of AMP, said: “This exciting project is an important part of AMP’s global investment program. We are delighted to invest in Northern Ireland to meet the sustainability needs of our customers and further reduce our carbon footprint by locating our capabilities closer to our end customers.

Marcel Martin, Supply Chain Director, Coca-Cola HBC, added: “With our own state-of-the-art production facility in Knockmore Hill, Lisburn, Ardagh’s investment shows the importance of partnership in delivering shared value to suppliers and customers and aligns with our drive to shorten our supply chain to reduce emissions and buy local wherever possible and support local jobs and communities.

Ardagh Metal Packaging, headquartered in Luxembourg, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, is 75% owned by Ardagh Group: an international packaging group whose origins date back to glass manufacturing in Dublin in the 1930s.

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