Graphic Packaging moves Bristol ops to larger site
Monday, January 23, 2023
Graphic Packaging International is moving its Bristol beverage packaging manufacturing operations to a new, state-of-the-art facility nearby, creating up to 30 new jobs.
The fibre-based consumer packaging specialist said the move to the 23,700sqm site – twice the size of its current base in the Fishponds area – comes in response to increasing worldwide demand for fibre-based packaging.
The new facility, which will become fully operational in Q4 2023, will also house an innovation centre that will enhance the company’s innovation and development capabilities.
Graphic Packaging customers will be invited to view progress of the new site at various stages as it nears completion.
Martin Sheppard, general manager, beverage, EMEA, said: “This key investment in our Bristol operation makes for exciting news for our customers and employees. It reinforces our commitment to the UK and European beverage packaging markets for decades to come.
“It has been an exceptional few years for our Bristol site, 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 move that will provide many new jobs.
“The boost to capacity means the future is very bright indeed for our Bristol operations.”
The Graphic Packaging Bristol team also recently won two prizes at the Bristol Live Business Awards.
The double gold came in the Large Business of the Year and Manufacturer of the Year categories, which recognise the outstanding contribution the plant made 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.
“Thanks must also go to our customers for choosing to embrace our sustainable, fibre-based beverage packaging solutions, which in turn helps consumers to make more responsible buying decisions.”
Many of Graphic Packaging’s key innovations have been developed at the Bristol site, including the KeelClip, a fibre-based beverage multipack product that has been adopted by several major beverage brands.
Glyn Champion, UK sales director, beverage, said: “When the move to the new site is complete, the increased capacity and capability will enable us to offer more sustainable packaging innovations for our customers.
“We’re proud to further accelerate our commitment to brands around the world as an innovative and trusted supplier.”