US-based Sonoco Products is planning to develop a new packaging centre in Duracell's facility at Shugart Farms Industrial Park in Fairburn, Georgia, US.

To be built with an investment of around $20m, the new facility will support Duracell’s new North America battery packaging operation, as well as produce packaging materials and retail merchandising displays.

Scheduled to open by 2018, the centre is expected to create 130 full-time and 465 part-time jobs.

Sonoco Products Company display and packaging division vice-president and general manager Philippe Erhart said: “This is a one-of-a-kind relationship in our industry, where we have the opportunity to supply a diverse range of packaging products and services which come together as a single integrated solution.

"We’re proud to work with Duracell to create hundreds of jobs in the state of Georgia to make this a success for everyone involved."

“This will require the building of a skilled, diverse team, and we’re proud to work with Duracell to create hundreds of jobs in the state of Georgia to make this a success for everyone involved.”

Sonoco is also collaborating with other entities, such as the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), as part of its Fairburn project.

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The company currently has eight manufacturing centres and three recycling facilities in Georgia, and manages 300 operations in 35 countries worldwide.