Print firm's £1m machinery investment could see it crack pharma market

Economy minister Diane Dodds with Mark McConville of Priory Press Packaging

PRIORY Press Packaging in north Down is investing more than £1 million in new machinery as part of plans to grow the business into new markets.

The Conlig firm, which specialises in lithographic printing, currently supplies printed carton packaging for manufacturers across a range of sectors including food and beauty.

Invest NI, which has been working with Priory Press for a decade, has offered a range of support including trade market visits, job creation, skills development of staff and technical product assistance, and its latest offer of £91,800 will support the company to invest in the new Komori machinery and create two jobs.

Managing director Mark McConville said: “While there has been a continual demand for our packaging in the food retail sector, we've recognised a gap in the pharmaceutical market since the pandemic hit.

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

Economy minister Diane Dodds visited it and a number of other companies in the Ards and North Down area yesterday to hear feedback on how they are coping with the Covid-related challenges.

She said: “This is a significant investment by Priory Press Packaging. The new machinery will allow it to increase export opportunities and the overall productivity of its business, and to diversify to supply products for the pharmaceutical market.”

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