George Utz Ltd. is the UK subsidiary of the Swiss-owned Utz Group, a worldwide provider of multi-use containers to the automotiveretail and supply-chain markets. The new factory has been designed to help increase the company's presence in the food processing, waste management and pharmaceutical markets.

End of February, the company held a ceremony to mark the opening of the extended factory, in Grove Close. The ribbon-cutting was attended by Axel Ritzberger, chief executive of Utz Group, Alfreton mayor Gail Dolman and some of the firm's key customers and suppliers.

General manager Carsten Diekmann said: "This represents a major investment for us in the UK market where we have identified real opportunity for growth. This will be organic and steady over the next five years. This is a cultural approach based upon our extensive knowledge of the markets we are selling into."

Text and picture: Derby Telegraph, 25 February 2015