Chivas bottling site in Kilmalid gets green light

5th October, 2017 by Nicola Carruthers

Chivas Brothers has been granted planning permission to open a new £40 million (about US$52.6m) bottling plant at its Kilmalid site in Scotland.

Chivas Brothers’s new plant in Kilmalid will include a bottling hall and office

The plans, announced in November last year, were given the green light by West Dunbartonshire Council.

The plant, which will include a bottling hall and office complex, will offer “outstanding performance“ in quality, safety and efficiency.

The expansion plan will also bring hundreds of jobs to the local area.

It is scheduled for completion in 2019, when Chivas’s Paisley operations will also transfer to the new Kilmalid site.

Laurent Lacassagne, chairman and CEO at Chivas Brothers said: “Today’s decision marks the beginning of a hugely exciting new era for our business and through this investment we will deliver our ambition to achieve excellence in our operations, enabling us to develop and grow our portfolio of iconic and global brands.

“It’s an exciting time in the industry, with Scotch growing in value and volume and exports increasing by 4% last year, and our expansion will enable us to lead the way and capitalise on the opportunities this brings.

“With an 80-year history in Dumbarton we’re proud to be investing and expanding in this community and look forward to progressing the project to the next stage.”

In August this year, Chivas Brothers resolved a pay row between workers at its Kilmalid and Paisley bottling sites in Scotland, therefore avoiding further industrial action.

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