Northern Ireland

Drinks label firm Webtech creates 35 new jobs in Enniskillen

Image caption Webtech produces 8 bn labels a year at its factory in Enniskillen

A County Fermanagh company that makes labels for drinks bottles is creating 35 jobs as part of an £11m expansion.

Webtech produces eight billion labels a year at its factory in Enniskillen for major soft drinks companies and supermarkets.

It plans to increase this capacity by purchasing two new printing presses.

Webtech currently employs 120 people and has an annual turnover of £20m. Invest NI has offered £767,000 of support for the investment.

The company is also investing in a marketing campaign to develop sales of flexible labels in Europe.

'International reputation'

Webtech's managing director Nigel McSorley said: "Our factory has the most advanced flexographic printing presses in the world and our aim is to become the European supplier of choice for flexible labelling.

"This investment enables us not only to expand capacity but to continue to innovate, and explore new technologies and materials so that we can respond quickly to changing customer requirements."

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said Webtech had built up "an international reputation" based on delivering the "highest standard of quality and service from its state-of-the-art production facility".

"The company has provided high quality sustainable manufacturing jobs in Enniskillen for many years, growing in size as it penetrated the Great Britain and European markets," she said.

"This significant investment will underpin Webtech's goal of increasing sales by £10m over the next four years, focusing on export growth in Europe and North Africa.

"The new jobs will pay salaries well above the Northern Ireland private sector median and the new equipment will ensure that Webtech has the capacity and technology to retain its position as market leader."

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