Packaging firm puts green measures at heart of factory expansion

Post by Kevin Jackson on 31st March 2014 in Energy saving, Technology

Packaging firm puts green measures at heart of factory expansion

The Derbyshire factory of a Swiss specialist packaging company is to undergo a £3.5million expansion, to enable it to double its production capacity.

And the building work at the George Utz production facility, at Somercotes near Alfreton, will incorporate a range of green technologies, including solar panels, LED lighting and heat recycling.

"Building green technologies into the fabric of the new extension is about reducing costs and working in a smarter and more sustainable environment," factory general manager, Carsten Diekeman, told the Derby Telegraph.

As part of the plan to step up production, up to 40 extra staff are expected to be taken on at the factory.

Its finished product, mainly in the form of plastic containers, is used widely in the motor industry for transporting parts between plants, as well as in the retail sector, where Utz's customers include Boots, John Lewis and Tesco.

The state-of-the-art new building is expected to be complete by the end of the year, with fitting out to follow straight after.

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