Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster today officially opened an extension of the Delta Print and Packaging plant, which forms part of the company’s £40million expansion plans.
Based at Kennedy Way, Delta designs and manufactures printed carton packaging primarily for the retail food, consumer electronics, household goods, dairy, pharmaceutical and food service sectors.
The new 55,000 sq ft building houses one of Europe’s most advanced carton manufacturing environments, providing flexible, high-speed productivity. The project was part financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
Officially opening the building, Arlene Foster said: “This impressive new facility will allow Delta to further increase export sales and continue to offer an excellent service to its clients, which include global giants such as McDonald’s, KFC, Greiner Packaging and Kelloggs. It will position Delta as one of the best equipped suppliers in the industry.
“A strong manufacturing industry is fundamental to a strong economy and companies like Delta, through innovation, high productivity, a focus on high value added, and an outward looking approach, are making an important contribution to achieving that.”
Invest NI continues to work with the company to review how it can help it further enhance its competitive position and enable it to take advantage of growth opportunities outside Northern Ireland.
Terry Cross, Delta’s Chairman said: “With this new facility on line we can grow sales across a number of existing customer accounts, in particular with McDonald’s, as well as developing new accounts.
“It is part of our growth strategy, which also includes opening a 100,000 sq ft production plant in Poland next year. The Polish plant will further cement Delta’s credentials as a leading European packaging supply partner, enabling us to extend services to major European brands. By securing our supply chain through this multi- site approach, we will protect and grow jobs in Belfast.
“Invest NI’s assistance was essential in enabling us to build and equip the new Belfast facility in a short space of time, and to quickly move to recruit staff.”