The new plant by AMP is expected to generate 160 direct jobs on-site, along with additional 30 jobs indirectly through associated suppliers and associated businesses
Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP) has filed a full planning application to construct a new $200m beverage can plant in Northern Ireland.
The facility, which will be located at Global Point Newtownabbey near Belfast, is expected to help AMP meet the requirements of its beverage clients in Ireland, the UK, and Europe.
AMP said the plant will spread across 40,000m² near key local customers, including Diageo and Coca-Cola (Hellenic).
The new manufacturing facility is expected to generate 160 direct jobs on-site, along with additional 30 jobs indirectly through associated suppliers and associated businesses.
The planning application was submitted to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council after a period of pre-application community consultation and interaction with the Council and Invest NI.
AMP CEO Oliver Graham said: “We are delighted to submit our plans for a new state-of-the-art production facility at Global Point.
“We are a high-tech, circular economy business. Our products are helping beverage companies improve their own sustainability using our infinitely recyclable packaging.
“Our proposals will help strengthen our relationships with existing customers and consumers across the island of Ireland and Great Britain.
“We are pleased to have taken a further step forward to delivering this new plant in Northern Ireland as part of our industry-leading multi-year growth strategy to supplement our existing production base throughout Europe.”
According to the company, metal cans are an important part of the circular economy and will help to meet the sustainable targets of AMP clients.
AMP Europe CEO David Spratt said: “We are pleased to have achieved another milestone towards delivering an operational plant in 2023, and will continue to work closely with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and statutory consultees to achieve planning permission in the coming months.
“Our investment will deliver almost 200 new jobs to Northern Ireland and will bring significant long-term skilled employment opportunities to the area.
“We are grateful for the constructive and positive pre-application consultation with local neighbours and elected representatives.
“AMP look forward to working closely and collaboratively with them in support of employment and education programmes later this year, once planning permission has been granted and construction can begin.”