Irish corrugated packaging company Rigid Containers has invested €8m in the expansion of its production facilities located at the Galvone Business Park in Limerick.

As part of the expansion, the company added two extensions and installed new equipment at the site.

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The company, which currently employs 95 people, expects to hire up to 30 additional staff over the next two years.

Rigid Containers, which was acquired by European recycled paper and corrugated cases manufacturer VPK Packaging Group in 2000, has also integrated manufacturing and logistics facilities in Desborough (Northamptonshire), Selby (North Yorkshire) and Wellington (Somerset).

“Since taking over in 2015, we have grown our production volume by 30%, with plans for further expansion.”

Rigid Containers site director Mark Munnelly said: “Since taking over in 2015, we have grown our production volume by 30%, with plans for further expansion.

“While investment in both manufacturing technology and facilities are central to the progress made by Rigid Containers to date, our sustainable competitive advantage lays with our talented and committed 95 staff members, many with over 20-year experience in the industry.”

The 880m² southern extension accommodates a new materials handling system, while the western extension comprises a 708m² ground housing a new glueing machine and ancillary equipment, and a 400m² of mezzanine floor.

As part of the expansion, a new materials handling system has been installed which consisted of three double-bay transfer shuttles, 23 lanes of belt conveyor, additional storage space, new corrugator take-off area and a new belt conveyor.

VPK Packaging offers products and solutions such as corrugated packaging, cores and edge protectors, solid board packaging to several sectors, including consumer goods, food and beverages, industrial, E-commerce.