Derry label maker Nu Print rolling out 21 new jobs

Jonathan Bell at Nu Print with, from left, Dr Alan McClure, chairman and managing director Gavin Killeen

A DERRY-based label maker has created 21 new jobs following a £1.4 million investment plan to drive sales outside Northern Ireland.

Nu Print Technologies prints and supplies labels for use on food, drink and pharmaceutical packaging.

Founded in 1984 the firm has supplied leading brands including Marks & Spencer, Burberry and Harrods.

The company, based at Springtown Industrial Estate, is hoping to increase export sales over the next three years.

Its plans are being backed by £279,000 from Invest Northern Ireland.

The positions, eight of which are already in place, will pay more than £22,000 on average.

Nu Print managing director Gavin Killeen said the company was "focused on diversifying our product offering to make the most of opportunities in the flexible packaging and technology sectors".

"To do this we have introduced new manufacturing technologies and boosted our capability across a range of labelling activities," he said.

"Invest NI's support is helping us to maintain a competitive advantage in our target markets and scale up our offering to leverage new business. The 21 new jobs to be recruited over the next three years will support our projected growth and help us form a strong team that will drive the business forward."

Enterprise minister Jonathan Bell described the company as "an innovative business and this significant investment is designed to position the company competitively to succeed in new markets".

"The creation of 21 jobs here in Springtown, over the next three years, signals the company's continued commitment to the area. Once in place these jobs will generate £469,000 annually in additional salaries and also help to bolster the manufacturing skills base in the north-west.

"The company's investment includes the purchase of new equipment to enable the production of new products and to improve processes and efficiencies."

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