New €20 million Monster canning line opened at Coca-Cola HBC’s production facility
Thirty-five new permanent roles have been created as part of the expansion, which adds an additional 4,597 square metres to the facility
26 October 2023
Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland alongside its partner Monster Energy has officially opened a new £17 / €20 million canning line at its production facility in Knockmore Hill, Lisburn.
World Superbike Champion, Jonathan Rea, who is a Monster sponsored athlete, was onsite at Knockmore Hill to officially cut the ribbon and celebrate the achievement with employees.
The new €20 million canning line represents the single largest investment since the production facility opened in 2008, with 35 new permanent roles created as part of the expansion. The extension adds an additional 4,597 square metres to the facility, covering manufacturing, warehousing and logistics.
The expansion comes after a competitive tender process where Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland was selected as the strongest location amongst a number of other bottling operators across Europe.
“The official opening ceremony signals an exciting moment for our business and our partner Monster Energy,” said Davide Franzetti, General Manager, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland.
“The expansion is also a further demonstration of the commitment of Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland to the local economy with 35 new roles created and opportunity for our own people to grow and develop their own skillset with this new state-of-the-art new canning line,” Franzetti added.
Desmond White, chief commercial officer, Monster Energy EMEA said the new canning line “will unlock new opportunities for us in the Ireland and Northern Ireland markets, and also across other European markets”.
“We are very proud of the strategic partnership with Coca-Cola HBC, the success and growth of our brands Monser and BPM, and the increased employment and employee development opportunities this investment brings. Today signifies a new milestone in our partnership which we are sure will bring further success,” White added.
With a heritage on the island of Ireland dating back to 1938, Coca-Cola HBC employs over 750 people across the island with 450 colleagues based at the Knockmore Hill site in Lisburn.
Since 2008, over €145 million has been invested in the facility in Knockmore Hill, a significant proportion of which is dedicated to furthering Coca-Cola HBC’s goal of achieving a NetZero carbon position by 2040.
The new canning line is part of the wider expansion of Monster Energy on the island of Ireland, with its syrup production facility in Athy, Co. Kildare also in the process of expansion.