Down packaging manufacturer invests £1m for two new jobs and specialist machinery

  • Co Down packaging manufacturer Priory Press Packaging is investing over £1m in specialist machinery and two new jobs.

    The SME currently supplies printed carton packaging for manufacturers across a range of sectors, including food and beauty.

    Managing director Mark McConville said the firm has now recognised a gap in the pharmaceutical market since the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

    He added: “By investing in specialist machinery, and employees with the skills to operate this effectively, we will be able to break into this new sector and grow our business in international markets, beginning with ROI.”

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    The company’s new Komori machine is specifically designed for the needs of the pharmaceutical sector.

    Its new technology utilises high-speed cameras to prevent errors on print runs and allows jobs to be remotely authorised before printing begins.

    Invest NI has been working with Priory Press since 2011 and has offered £91,800 of funding for the business’ new growth strategy.

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    Mr McConville continued: “Invest NI’s long term support has been invaluable and has been key in bringing our business to the level it is today.

    “It is also helping us secure our ISO accreditation for the Pharmaceutical Packaging Standard, which is important for us to be credible within the sector and will open doors with potential clients.”

    Economy Minister Diane Dodds visited the company in the Ards and North Down area and praised it for spotting “a niche gap in the market” and adapting “quickly to capitalise on new opportunities”.  

    She concluded: "I trust this gives other businesses hope as they currently evaluate the post-Covid landscape.”

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