Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP) will build a new facility at Invest NI’s Global Point site, creating 200 jobs in drinks manufacturing. Beverage companies who will be featured at the site include Coca Cola (which owns Dr Pepper and Schweppes Classic) and Diageo (the beverage manufacturer behind Guinness).
The facility will support the customer base in Ireland, across the UK and Europe.
Global manufacturing in a drinks can
Global packaging and manufacturing company Ardagh Group owns 75% of AMP.
The manufacturing plant will create 160 jobs on the site, plus 30 indirect jobs.
The metal drinks cans which will be manufactured will contribute to the circular economy through the use of recycled content, making the facility one with high sustainability credentials.
New manufacturing facility to support growth of the circular economy
The CEO of AMP Europe David Spratt, heralded Antrim and Newtownabbey Council.
“We are delighted to be granted planning permission to deliver a new innovative manufacturing facility in Newtownabbey and progress closer to the creation of nearly 200 new jobs for the local employment market whilst also supporting circular economy growth.
“We appreciate the excellent support from the council and the constructive engagement with the local community.”
“Planning approval paves the way to the borough cementing its reputation as an economic stronghold, bringing with it both investment and employment,” said Mayor Alderman Stephen Ross. “This £150m announcement represents the confidence investors have in the area. The economic importance of this development and the benefits it will bring not just to Antrim and Newtownabbey, but to the whole of Northern Ireland, cannot be overstated.
“The Ardagh facility is part of a high-quality portfolio of manufacturing projects planned for invest NI’s Global Point Business Park in Newtownabbey. With other major projects in the pipeline, such as the Belfast Region City Deal Queen’s University Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC) and the Sensata Technology Centre, this highly desirable site is fast becoming a hub of manufacturing excellence.
“Our reputation as the number one planning authority in Northern Ireland, coupled with our complete package of support for investors, gives us an edge when it comes to attracting major investments into the borough.”