The new facility is part of a multi-billion dollar investment programme by Ardagh Metal Packaging: involving increasing metal packaging capacity in Europe, North America and Brazil.
Customers of the plant will include Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, which has a production facility in near Belfast, and counts Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland among its markets.
Capacity closer to end customers
Ardagh’s facility at 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 finalised. Recruitment will start next year, with the plant set to become operational in 2023.
Ardagh Metal Packaging is currently at the pre-planning application 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 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.”
Marcel Martin, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Coca-Cola HBC, added: “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.”
Luxembourg-headquartered Ardagh Metal Packaging, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, is 75% owned by Ardagh Group: an international packaging group which traces its origins back to glass manufacturing in Dublin in the 1930s.