MSO to grow East Belfast factory with £5m investment and 35 new jobs

  • East Belfast packaging company MSO Cleland Ltd is investing £5m into the creation of 35 new jobs and new equipment for the business.

    MSO specialises in the design and delivery of cartonboard packaging and labels for the food and drink, and pharmaceutical sectors.

    In 2018, the company benefitted from a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Ulster University, which helped it to increase its technical knowledge and move into the manufacturing of sustainable packaging.

    Invest NI’s CEO, Kevin Holland said that the 35 new jobs will contribute £800,000 in annual salaries for the Northern Ireland economy and will help the company to accelerate its growth internationally.

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    He added: “Over the last number of years, demand for sustainable packaging has surged as companies and consumers look to reduce their dependency on plastic packaging.

    “This announcement is a welcome boost for Northern Ireland’s manufacturing industry as the sector works to recover from the challenges of COVID.”

    Joanna Calixto, managing director of MSO Cleland said: “Since taking over MSO in 2013, we have significantly restructured our business and worked hard to rebuild an impressive reputation in the packaging industry across the UK, ROI and increasingly into Europe.

    “We have just installed a new state of the art Heidelberg Lithographic printing press and over the next two months will be taking delivery from Bobst of Die Cutting and Gluing machinery. Invest NI’s support has been invaluable in helping us make this investment.

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    “With Covid-19, it may seem a strange time to many to make this investment, but we’ve been laying the foundations for the last number of years. This has included creating our growth strategy and setting up our Apprenticeship scheme, focusing on the right skills set and business culture for our workforce in preparation for this next phase.

    “This investment gives us the latest capabilities, enabling us to continue to innovate and add value to our customers’ packaging.”

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