Switzerland-based digital can printing company NOMOQ announced today (14 March) it is opening its new production factory for beverage cans in the UK this summer..

The production site is set to create 30 jobs across operations, sales and graphic design. The site will produce recyclable cans available in a range of sizes from 250ml to 500ml, in a number of different finishes including gloss and metallic.

NOMOQ CEO Peter Stein said: “Following large demand for fully recyclable, lightweight and shatterproof cans from UK brands, coupled with a diverse and surging national craft beverage culture, the UK was quickly identified as an area for growth.

“We’re excited to provide beverage producers access to high-quality cans, digitally printed with millions of colours and shades with no minimum order quantity which supports tight cash flows or storage limitations.”

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Edinburgh-based craft beer Brulo will be NOMOQ’s first UK customer and Stein says his company looks forward to expanding its partnerships in the UK beverage ecosystem and working with the business leaders behind beverage brands ranging from beer and wine to soft drinks and water.

Brulo beer co-founder James Brown added: “Our beer is for the modern world and therefore it needed a cutting-edge high-quality can. Design plays a key role in the experience of craft beer and that’s no different for us just because our beers are non-alcoholic. We were blown away by NOMOQ’s quality and creativity which aligned with our brand values and we can’t wait to see our relationship grow as our range develops.” 

Last month metal beverage packaging specialists Ardagh Metal packaging announced it was buying a controlling stake in NOMOQ

Ardagh Metal Packaging’s acquisition of NOMOQ, GlobalData senior analyst Dominic Cakebread told Packaging Gateway at the time: “This move enables aluminium beverage cans to compete more strongly with glass and PET for short-run products and brands, providing a means for smaller beverage producers to differentiate their brands via a different pack format and size coupled with enhanced and customised graphic design. 

“This is also in line with ongoing trends of consumers seeking more individualisation and works well with the ongoing growth in craft/artisan beverages and the expansion of (for example) variety beers in multipacks because it gives greater flexibility of client base, run length and design change.”