Derry packaging firm's major expansion brings 19 new jobs
A Londonderry packaging firm is creating 19 jobs as part of a £5.8m expansion.
Diamond Corrugated is investing in new high-definition print technology, which it says will enable to "produce high quality seven colour shelf ready packaging", aimed at some of the UK and Ireland's big retailers.
Paul Diamond, managing director, said the investment is the "latest phase in our ongoing plans to become one of Ireland's largest and most successful corrugated plants". He said: "Multi-national retailers demand that their food and drink suppliers provide a higher resolution print on the outer corrugated packaging of their products.
"Our new Gopfert seven colour HD Flexo Printer is the most advanced printing press in the global corrugated industry, and has provided us with the capability to produce shelf ready packaging with consistent quality, colour and finish to meet the needs of our growing client base."
"This is an exciting time for our company as we are already seeing an encouraging uplift in sales as a result of this investment and we will continue to build on this performance over the coming months." Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell said the investment would "provide the company with the means to improve its product offering, expand its customer base and increase its competitive position".
"Diamond Corrugated has created and sustained quality manufacturing employment over its 40 year history. The 19 new jobs being created as a result of this expansion is positive news both for Londonderry and the wider North West region. "The family business manufactures printed corrugated packaging for a range of sectors including food and drink, pharmaceutical, e commerce and aerospace.
"This substantial investment is enabling the company to offer cost conscious clients more sophisticated products including higher levels of print quality."
Invest NI has offered £495,000 towards the new jobs.