The company says it is responding to demand from a mix new and existing customers for long-term partnerships in the regions of Southwestern Europe and Middle East Africa (MEA), and the investment will significantly strengthen AMP’s position in those geographies.
Created in 1991, AMP’s La Ciotat facility is one of the main employers in the area and the expansion will create an additional 80 positions. The ‘significant investment’ in the facility is supported by Bpifrance and Sud Attractivité. “The move to increase production capacity at La Ciotat reflects the strength of AMP’s confidence in French technical and industrial know-how,” says AMP.
Increasing production at La Ciotat will help reduce imports and their associated CO2 emissions, while new state-of-the-art equipment will help the company decrease electricity and gas consumption. “The facility also continuously works to limit the consumption of prime aluminium by recycling at all stages of the manufacturing process – and through innovation, producing the lightest possible aluminium can to minimise the use of materials,” says the company.
The expansion is due to be completed in 2023 and production is expected to begin in the first half of 2023.This investment forms part of AMP’s expansion plan involving growth Capex investments of well over $2bn.