Smurfit Kappa to expand and create 50 jobs

Posted on 06 Nov 2019 and read 348 times
Smurfit Kappa to expand and create 50 jobsPlans by a major packaging firm to make its Flintshire base its largest production facility in the UK look set to be given the green light.

Smurfit Kappa (www.smurfitkappa.com) applied to extend the capacity of its corrugated packaging plant on Mold Business Park by more than 14,000m2 in July.

It came as representatives for the European firm said the investment would provide security for 170 staff members currently employed at the site, as well as creating around 50 new job opportunities.

Despite the scale of development, Flintshire Council’s chief planning officer Andrew Farrow said the proposals were in keeping with the surrounding area.

In a report he said: “The location of the facility is driven by the requirements of the production line and the desire to make the business more efficient.

"The proposal will raise the height of the building in one area; however the prevailing scale of the extension will follow the existing building and is very much a continuation of what is there already.”

Built in 1994, the factory has passed through the hands of three different owners in the last two decades.

It was taken on by Smurfit Kappa in 2010 and in a planning statement the company said the new development would help it to meet demand levels within the industry.

“The pressures in the corrugated market are demanding higher economies of scale and this expansion will enable the business to remain competitive and operate with continued success.

“It will essentially elevate the Mold site to become Smurfit Kappa’s largest UK production facility.”

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