The investment will help AMP to meet the demand for beverage cans from new and existing customers for long-term partnerships in the regions of Southwestern Europe and Middle East Africa
Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP), a supplier of recyclable, metal beverage cans to brand owners, has announced that it is investing to expand its manufacturing facility in La Ciotat, France.
The latest investment, supported by Bpifrance and Sud Attractivité, will help AMP to meet the demand for beverage cans from new and existing customers for long-term partnerships in the regions of Southwestern Europe and Middle East Africa (MEA).
It will boost the company’s position in the geographies and form part of AMP’s expansion plan involving growth Capex investments of more than $2bn.
The company’s La Ciotat facility was established in 1991 and is one of the main employers in the region.
The investment will create about 80 new jobs at the facility and employ several subcontractors during the expansion works.
AMP is also aiming to reduce imports and their associated CO2 emissions and install the latest equipment to decrease electricity and gas consumption by producing beverage cans more sustainably.
Work on the expansion is planned to be finished in 2023 and production is anticipated to commence in the first half of 2023.
In November last year, AMP acquired Canadian digital printed cans provider Hart Print for an undisclosed amount.
Founded in 2018, Hart Print provides flexible digital printing solutions to customers serving the beverage market.
AMP, a subsidiary of sustainable packaging business Ardagh Group, has 24 production facilities in nine countries, employing more than 5,000 people with sales of about $4.1bn.