US-based consumer packaging firm Graphic Packaging has moved its beverage packaging manufacturing operations in Bristol, UK, to another nearby facility.

Covering an area of 255,000ft², the advanced facility is twice the size of the company’s current base and will create up to 30 jobs.

Graphic Packaging said the facility will expand and upgrade the firm’s production capabilities and become one of the most advanced sheet-fed folding carton plants in Europe.

The facility will also feature an innovation centre designed to optimise the company’s innovation and development capabilities.

It is scheduled to be fully operational in the fourth quarter of this year.

Graphic Packaging’s move to a larger facility was motivated by an increase in global demand for fibre-based packaging.

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Graphic Packaging EMEA beverage manager Martin Sheppard 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.”

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

The announcement comes shortly after the facility’s staff won two ‘prestigious’ prizes at the Bristol Live Business Awards.

The company received the awards in the Large Business of the Year and Manufacturer of the Year categories.

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.”