Nampak Plastics to spend big at Stirling site

Nampak Plastics Europe is to open a new multi-million pound plastic bottle manufacturing plant in Stirling, Scotland.

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One of the UK’s leading producers of plastic packaging, Nampak recently concluded a lease on 6,100sqm of industrial space at Springkerse Industrial Estate to manufacture a range of plastic milk bottles, creating 20 new full time jobs.

Nampak has been manufacturing in Scotland for a number of years from its plant in Bellshill.

Eric Collins, managing director of Nampak Plastics Europe, told Packaging News the company had invested over £1m into the new plant facility to support the company’s growth plans, and that the decision to invest in the area was driven by the business opportunities that exist in Stirlingshire within the food and drink sector, the unrivalled accessibility to Scottish market places and the proactive approach taken by Stirling Council in the site identification process.

One of Nampak’s key Scottish customers, Graham’s The Family Dairy, intends to finance the new facility – which would be supplied by Nampak – via the Airthrey Green housing project.

Collins said: “We have installed standard equipment into the plant which includes four uniloy machines, baggers, conveyors, a munchy reprocessing unit, chiller compressors and material infeed. It’s a very similar operation to our current in-plant manufacturing facilities at other sites.

“The business climate in Stirling, the enthusiasm of local people and the professionalism of Stirling Council has provided us with the confidence to open our latest European plant in Stirling. We’re now looking forward to working with partners in the area to expand our manufacturing operation.

“Looking forward, the new dairy project planned for Hill of Drip would enable a step change in our investment in Stirling, allowing us to create 40 further new full time jobs, in addition to those created by Graham’s The Family Dairy.”

While the Nampak manufacturing plant at Springkerse is already operational, the Graham’s plant is awaiting planning approval.

Nampak Plastics is the UK’s leading producer of plastic milk bottles, with 600 staff and nine sites across the UK, producing around two billion bottles annually.

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