UK – US-based consumer packaging firm Graphic Packaging International (GPI) is moving its beverage packaging manufacturing operations in Bristol, UK, to a new, state-of-the-art facility nearby.

The company states the move is part of its long-term commitment to generating more beverage packaging to meet rising consumer demand.

Covering 23,690 square feet, the new facility will be twice the size of the current Fishponds, UK area base and will create up to 30 jobs. The new location is being made in response to the growing global demand for fiber packaging.

According to the firm, the facility, which will be fully operational in the fourth quarter of 2023, will be one of the largest and “most technologically advanced” folding carton plants in Europe due to its expanded and improved production capabilities.

In addition, the facility will also house an innovation center to further sharpen the company’s innovation and development capabilities.

Martin Sheppard, managing director of beverages at EMEA said: “This major investment at our Bristol facility is exciting news for our customers and employees.

“It strengthens our commitment to the UK and European beverage packaging markets for decades to come.”

Glyn Champion, UK sales director of beverages at GPI added: “When the move to the new site is complete, the increased capacity and capabilities will enable us to offer more sustainable packaging innovations to our customers.”

Graphic Packaging’s Bristol site manufactures a range of packaging solutions, including the fiber-based beverage multipack solution, KeelClip.

The news follows the success of the GPI’s team in Bristol, which won two awards at the Bristol Live Business Awards.

The double gold came in the “Large Business of the Year” and “Manufacturer of the Year” categories in recognition of the plant’s contribution to its employees, the local economy and the manufacturing sector as a whole.

Sheppard added: “We are incredibly proud of these achievements, and I want to thank every member of our team, whose positive attitudes, commitment and hard work have made these successes possible.

“It has been some exceptional years for our Bristol facility, and we look forward to making an even greater impact on our local economy in 2023 with the relocation of our facility to a significantly larger site – a relocation that will create many new jobs.”

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