SAICA Group has announced a £50 million+ investment in its Scottish packaging business with plans to create a new state-of-the-art production facility in Livingston, West Lothian.
Saica Pack’s Edinburgh and Milngavie sites will be decommissioned, with the firm’s long-term future in Scotland set to be focused on one main plant in Livingston and a dedicated sheet plant in Grangemouth.
The firm said the move has been made in response to changes in customer demand, ageing facilities and challenges associated with existing site locations. The new plant will increase Saica Pack’s capacity and customer offering.
The new site will be completed by the end of 2021, with Saica revealing it will offer the latest technologies and also increase the firm’s commitment to the creation of sustainable packaging solutions in Scotland.
Saica added that the ‘strategically planned transition period’ will ensure no disruption for customers, and is anticipating that the vast majority of new roles at the Livingston site will be filled by existing staff members.
“This is a landmark day for Saica Pack and the wider company, as we take a significant step forward in Scotland,” said Adam Haycock, regional director for Saica Pack Scotland. “Once fully operational, our new Livingston site will offer the latest and most innovative technologies while improving our service and capacity.
“This new site gives us the capacity to invest further in the future as we want to remain a leading provider of corrugated packaging in Scotland and enhance our offering to our customers.”
Saica added that it will be working alongside its staff at the two existing sites, and will ensure all employees continue to be involved and updated regularly during the transition process.