Boran Mopack Ltd (BML), a leading manufacturer of flexible packaging, has invested over £2.5 million in state-of-the-art technology with support from Invest Northern Ireland, to secure the long-term future of its Strabane plant and safeguard 57 jobs.
Only a small number of companies in Europe operate using this advanced technology, BML being the first manufacturer on the island of Ireland. The market-led investment will help BML better compete on the international stage, with an expected sales increase of £200,000 per year.
Máirtín Boran, BML Managing Director and Professor Terri Scott, Invest NI’s Managing Director of Clients Group and Entrepreneurship, today unveiled the new state-of-the-art print capabilities, extrusion and new bag line facilities at the Ballycolman Industrial Estate plant.
Commenting on the development project Mr Boran said: “Updating our plant with the latest technologies was essential to meet the demands of our current customer base. We are now in a position to readily meet our customers increasing demands – increased print quality, production flexibility and quick response rates. It will enable us to increase trade with current customers and effectively compete for additional contracts in new markets outside Northern Ireland.”
Prof Scott said: “The investment reflects BML’s commitment to and confidence in the local community. The use of state-of-the art machinery will enable BML to raise its export profile, establish a wider customer market and enter new markets. These advancements are consistent with the aims of the Invest NI North West Action Plan.
“With the company’s determination and forward-thinking approach, I am confident that it will continue to evolve and meet the market demands.”
Over the years BML has proven its capabilities, having attained the ISO9001 quality standard as well as the reputable BRC Food Hygiene accreditation.
As part of the development project, BML has allocated resources to a number of R&D projects to develop next generation products and remain ahead of its competitors. The remaining funds will be pumped into developing skills deemed crucial to the ongoing success of the company.Outlining the allocation of the remaining funds, Mr Boran said: “BML’s staff are our greatest asset and we are extremely lucky to have attracted such highly skilled and motivated people. Recognising this fact, we plan to further enhance our team by implementing a company-wide staff development and training programme and recruiting three key managerial personnel to improve the company’s performance in the areas of marketing, sales and accounting.”