Ireland-based packaging manufacturer Smurfit Kappa has invested more than €25m ($29m) in its Pruszkow plant in central Poland.

The investment is part of the company’s capital investment programme and follows an equity capital raise of €660m ($774m) in November.

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It will see Smurfit Kappa install a new high-tech corrugator, new converting equipment, logistics optimisation and a finished goods (FG) warehouse that can store 12,000 pallets at the facility.

The facility serves leading brands in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) food and beverage sectors both internationally and locally.

Construction for the expanded facility is due to commence in July and will be completed next year.

It will also generate 25 new jobs, taking the total number of employees at the facility to more than 230.

Once operational, the 37,500m² plant will double its production capacity and lower CO₂ emissions by around 55t a year.

It will be the company’s largest facility in Poland and one of its largest in Europe.

Smurfit Kappa Poland CEO Jacek Nieweglowski said: “This investment allows us to expand the range of high-value products that we offer to our growing customer base, enabling us to better serve our customers and improve our competitiveness.

“The expanded employment underscores our continued commitment to the local community as a valued and reputable regional employer since 1998.”

Smurfit Kappa Europe CEO Saverio Mayer said: “This significant investment marks Smurfit Kappa’s strategic commitment to its presence in Poland and in Eastern Europe.

“The Pruszkow plant is integral to our business, and this expansion will enable us to further meet the evolving needs of new and existing customers in key sectors efficiently and sustainably.”

Last month, Smurfit Kappa announced an investment of €40m ($47.8m) in its facility in Mold, UK.