New design and manufacturing facility in Stirling opened by SWA CEO
31 Oct 2018
Blue Box Design's new state-of-the-art design and manufacturing
facility has been officially opened by Karen Betts, Chief
Executive, Scotch Whisky Association.
A specialist designer and manufacturer of bespoke presentation
boxes for Scotch Whisky and luxury products, Blue Box Design
received Regional Selective Assistance through Scottish Enterprise
for the £3 million project which will create an additional 10 jobs
over the next four years.
Speaking at the official opening
ceremony, Karen Betts added:
"Blue Box Design's new facility reflects the ambition of the
Scotch Whisky industry to harness future global growth. The sort of
investment you see today at Blue Box Design is illustrative of the
investment going into the industry and the critical companies that
make up our supply chain.
"This investment is great for local jobs. It also showcases
innovation and the link between the food and drink industry and
"Blue Box Design's new facility adds to the already sizeable
positive impact the Scotch Whisky industry has right across
Scotland and, with Scotch Whisky exports in the first half of 2017
up by 10.8% to almost £2bn, that positive impact looks set to
"I am delighted to open a new facility that showcases Blue Box
Design's and McLaren Packaging's success."
Blue Box Design Managing Director
Duncan Robertson said:
"This new 20,000 sq ft facility at Broadleys Business Park
greatly improves our 'speed to market' for our customers by
reducing the packaging development cycle time from concept to
delivery. It will expand our production capacity significantly and
enable us to retain highly skilled staff whilst creating new jobs
in Central Scotland.
"We see tremendous long-term value in a facility
centrally-located within Scotland, between Edinburgh and Glasgow,
close to the major operations of the whisky and food
Blue Box Design is a subsidiary of Port Glasgow-based premium
drinks industry supplier McLaren Packaging which employs over 150
staff with annual revenues in excess of £20 million.
Donald McLaren, Managing
Director, McLaren Packaging, said:
"Our decision to invest in this facility has been influenced by
the continued success of the Scotch Whisky industry globally and
the demand for premium packaging produced sustainably. The sum
invested in the new facility is the single largest investment made
by the company in 20 years.
"Scotch Whisky operates in a global brown spirits market that is
currently growing in popularity and competes for market share with
Japanese, American and Irish whiskies, all of which are performing
"As a supplier we compete in a global packaging market,
therefore it is critical for us to move with the trends, invest and
leverage our location and expertise in order to deliver competitive
advantage in a sustainable way for our business and customers.
"There is significant client interest for increasingly elaborate
and bespoke packaging and this venture will enable us to deliver on
this opportunity. We are proud to be a wholly independent Scottish
manufacturer providing high quality products to both global and
The new facility was in inspired by McLaren Packaging's late
founder and packaging innovator Jim McLaren.