A world-leader in sustainable packaging - Smurfit Kappa - has announced a £40 million investment for its Mold plant that will expand capacity at the facility, making it the largest box factory in the UK, and allowing the company to meet the growing demand for sustainable packaging.

Investment in state-of-the-art equipment will reduce CO2 emissions by 15 per cent at the plant, which employs 194 staff and has been in operation since 1994.

Smurfit Kappa UK and Ireland CEO, Eddie Fellows, said: "This investment in North Wales will increase our capability, flexibility and speed of response to deliver unrivalled, innovative packaging solutions to customers across the UK and Ireland.

"We are determined to meet the future needs of our customers in a sustainable way. It is vital that our investment has benefits for the local community and the environment."

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The investment at Mold includes an extension to the factory which the company says will fit "seamlessly" into the local landscape and will see a three-acre nature trail constructed. The landscaping will incorporate a stream and a new footpath which can be used by staff and the community.

Working in partnership with Park in the Past, a local heritage and conservation project, an extra 10,000 trees, shrubs and bushes will also be planted.

Excess soil to be removed as part of the factory extension will be used by the nearby heritage project, with the on-site Experience Centre offering customers the chance to come into the facility to see the science, creativity and data used to innovate, customise and implement sustainable packaging solutions.