Caddick Construction has been selected to deliver a 14,500 sq m factory extension for Smurfit Kappa in North Wales
The factory extension, which is part of Smurfit Kappa’s €40 million investment to expand capacity, will make it the largest integrated corrugated plant in the UK.
The project aims to help the company to meet the growing demand for sustainable packaging and the state-of-the-art equipment being installed will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 15% per tonne.
A three-acre nature trail will be put in and an additional 10,000 trees, shrubs and bushes will be planted, thanks to Park in the Past. Soil removed during construction will be used for landscaping needs in and around the old quarry sites.
‘Growth and sustainability aims’
Ben Edwards, contracts manager at Caddick Construction, said: “The expansion will deliver the largest box factory in the company and the Caddick Construction team look forward to helping Smurfit Kappa achieve its growth and sustainability aims.
“The project will create new local employment opportunities and deliver a high quality facility. As part of our commitment to generating local jobs, skills and training opportunities, we will use a local supply chain where possible, as well as implementing a number of social value initiatives during the coming year.”
Smurfit Kappa UK and Ireland CEO, Eddie Fellows, said: “This investment in North Wales will increase our capability, flexibility and speed of response to deliver unrivalled innovative packaging solutions to customers across the UK and Ireland. We are determined to meet the future needs of our customers in a sustainable way. It is vital that our investment has benefits for the local community and the environment.”
The building, at Mold Business Park in Flintshire, is expected to be completed in summer 2022.