New £13m bot­tle filler to be in­stalled by Ribena

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Business - ROBIN JENKINS [email protected]­plc.com

JA­PAN-BASED Sun­tory Bev­er­age & Food is in­vest­ing £13 mil­lion in its UK-based sub­sidiary Lu­cozade Ribena Sun­tory to in­stall a new high-speed bot­tle filler at its fac­tory in Cole­ford.

The new filler will pro­duce 1.3 mil­lion bot­tles a day and will be in­stru­men­tal in in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency at the Lu­cozade Ribena Sun­tory fac­tory in the For­est of Dean.

The in­vest­ment will see about £10 mil­lion spent on new pro­duc­tion and pro­cess­ing equip­ment with a fur­ther £3 mil­lion in­vested di­rectly in lo­cal con­trac­tors who will build and in­stall sup­port­ing in­fra­struc­ture for the new line.

The new line will be staffed by fac­tory em­ploy­ees that Lu­cozade Ribena Sun­tory has trained through its use of the ap­pren­tice­ship levy. The com­pany, one of the lead­ing soft drinks busi­nesses in the UK and Ire­land, has used the levy fund to bol­ster its de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, which re­cruits and trains ap­pren­tices to strengthen the en­gi­neer­ing skill-set at Cole­ford.

These in­vest­ments un­der­pin the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to the fu­ture of UK man­u­fac­tur­ing, its Cole­ford fac­tory and Glouces­ter­shire.

Us­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, the new filler will also sup­port the com­pany’s global sus­tain­abil­ity strat­egy by re­duc­ing the amount of wa­ter and en­ergy used dur­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing process. The amount of wa­ter and en­ergy re­quired to pro­duce each bot­tle will be re­duced by 40 per cent.

The in­stal­la­tion of the new filler is due to start in the spring and is ex­pected to be fully op­er­a­tional by the end of the year.

Chris Kane, sup­ply chain op­er­a­tions direc­tor at Lu­cozade Ribena Sun­tory, said: “We see our Cole­ford fac­tory as the heart­beat of our UK op­er­a­tions and we are proud that it is one of the most ef­fi­cient fac­to­ries across the globe.

“Our par­ent com­pany, Sun­tory Bev­er­age & Food, recog­nises this sta­tus and their £13mil­lion in­vest­ment is a vote of con­fi­dence in our UK and Glouces­ter­shire op­er­a­tions, en­sur­ing Cole­ford con­tin­ues to be a bestin class site for years to come.”

Dr Liam Fox MP, the In­ter­na­tional Trade Sec­re­tary, said: “Ja­pan is an im­por­tant trad­ing part­ner and we are com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing an even stronger trad­ing re­la­tion­ship as we leave the Eu­ro­pean Union, which will help to in­crease in­vest­ment and sup­port jobs through­out the UK.

“This £13 mil­lion in­vest­ment by Lu­cozade Ribena Sun­tory in its Glouces­ter­shire fac­tory is great news for lo­cal busi­nesses, cus­tomers and the econ­omy and will help sup­port more than 330 jobs in the lo­cal area.”

For­est of Dean MP Mark Harper said: “I am de­lighted that Lu­cozade Ribena Sun­tory has made such a large vote of con­fi­dence in the For­est of Dean and the fantastic peo­ple who live and work here.

“For Lu­cozade Ribena Sun­tory’s Cole­ford team to be con­sid­ered truly world class is tes­ta­ment to the hard work and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of ev­ery­body at the site.”

The Lu­cozade Ribena Sun­tory fac­tory in Cole­ford

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