Finnish packaging firm Huhtamaki is looking to expand production capacity at its molded fiber packaging plant in Lurgan, Northern Ireland.

The expansion would aim to meet product demands across UK and Ireland egg markets.

The firm has planned to invest £5m, which will involve deployment of new equipment at the existing facility.

Works are expected to be carried out in early 2016.

Huhtamaki’s Lurgan unit produces molded fiber packaging including egg cartons, egg trays, and cup carriers, and has been operational for 80 years.

"We have expanded our product range and improved our operational efficiency in the UK during the past years."

The planned equipment installation is also expected to increase product ranges for the company within the molded fiber sector.

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Huhtamaki molded fiber interim executive vice president Petr Domin said: "We have expanded our product range and improved our operational efficiency in the UK during the past years.

"More importantly, we’ve been able to differentiate ourselves from our competitors, offering real value and service to our customers.

"With this new, state-of-the-art machinery we invest in the future growth, and in serving our customers better."

The firm recently announced it will invest £7m to expand its food-service packaging manufacturing facility in Gosport, UK.

The expansion aims to optimise the facility’s production layout, and is scheduled for completion in March 2017.