Irish glass and metal packaging company Ardagh Group has selected Minas Gerais as the location for its first glass production facility in Brazil.

The advanced facility in Juiz de Fora will manufacture glass packaging for clients in the Brazilian market.

Scheduled to begin production in the first half of 2024, the facility will create around 300 jobs when operational.

In addition to the proposed glass production facility, Ardagh subsidiary Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP) is developing a multi-line beverage can manufacturing facility in Juiz de Fora.

The facility will supply sustainable aluminium beverage cans to leading customers in Brazil.

It will complement AMP’s three existing plants, which are located in Jacareí, Alagoinhas and Manaus.

Once the two projects are completed, Ardagh will operate a network of five production facilities in Brazil, employing more than 1,650 colleagues across the country.

The company said that the plants will be among its most environmentally efficient facilities and help it meet its environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.

Ardagh chairman and CEO Paul Coulson said: “These important investments form part of Ardagh’s multi-year business growth investment programme and support the growth plans of leading brand-owners.

“Since the group’s entry into the Brazilian beverage can market in 2016, we have consistently invested to grow our business.

“Following the completion of these two investments in Minas Gerais, Ardagh will provide sustainable metal and glass packaging under long-term contracts to our customers in each of Europe, North America and Brazil, as well as sustainable glass packaging in Africa.”

Ardagh currently has 65 production facilities in 16 countries, employing 20,000 people and returning annual sales of around $10bn.

Earlier this month, the company acquired Consol Holdings Proprietary, a South African company that supplies glass packaging for the food and beverage sectors, for $1bn.