Tri-Wall Ltd officially opened their Tri-Wall Europe plant this week at a special daylong event attended by Government Ministers and senior business representatives from around the world.
Based in Monmouth, South Wales, the plant has been purchased as part of a strategy to grow Tri-Wall’s global presence and service its customers across the world. The Tri-Wall Group has operations in China, Japan, South East Asia, India and the Middle East and Tri-Wall Europe is now their main manufacturing site in the UK and exports 40% of their products to Europe. The acquisition gives Tri-Wall Ltd a truly global reach with the ability to provide a local service.
The Monmouth site currently has 132 employees working out of two sites on the Wonastow Road Industrial Estate with a combined factory area of 21,000 m2. Their machine capabilities include 2 large format high speed box makers with rotary for die cutting and 3 colour printing. They also have 4 closing units capable of stitching taping and gluing and a fully equipped speciality operation that includes a Gopfert SRE.
The ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the business transfer was performed and attended by David Davies MP, Yuji Suzuki Chairman and Founder of the Tri-Wall group, Takaai Hanaoka from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Toshiyuki Onoe from Panasonic Manufacturing U.K. ltd, CEO’s from several European packaging and industry businesses.
The event was opened by Edwina Hart, The Welsh Government Minster for Economy, Science & Transport who used the day’s celebration to announce that Government is to support key investment plans by the Hong Kong based Tri-Wall Group to establish a global training centre of excellence at the Monmouth facility.
Minister Hart said £150,000 business finance has been offered to secure the investment in Wales, which will safeguard twenty jobs and create three new jobs. The centre will support the development of Tri-Wall’s workforce around the globe, providing high quality accredited training and personal development to become a leading centre for modern manufacturing excellence.
The Minister said, “I am delighted to support plans by Tri-Wall to base their global centre of excellence in Monmouth delivering both on-site and distance learning. It will create direct and indirect economic benefits and marks the start of an on-going strong working relationship between the Welsh Government and the Tri-Wall Group with the aim of ensuring Monmouth is a flagship site for the global business group.”
“Wales will benefit from the retention of key technical skills in Monmouth and the establishment of facilities to support the growth of the Tri-Wall business.”
The Minister added the Welsh Government is also working with Tri-Wall to support their growth plans both in the domestic and international markets, to secure and create further employment opportunities in Monmouth.
The new training centre will have links with local universities and share excellence in sales, marketing, design and operations and is seen by Tri-Wall as key to delivering business performance improvements and supporting the growth plans of the group.
The Welsh Government is working with Tri-Wall Europe to grow export markets and the company is participating in the Welsh Government trade mission to Turkey next month.
The majority of the courses will be delivered by contractors based in Wales, building and design work will be contracted locally, and the majority of the IT equipment (excluding industry specific software) will be purchased locally.
Yuji Suzuki Chairman and Founder of the Tri-Wall group said, “This week’s visit to South Wales has been an inspiring and engaging experience for all of the visitors, customers and staff. Our internal awards and celebrations of innovation across Tri-Wall Ltd really showed me that this company has an exciting future in which this site in Monmouth has a crucial part to play. Innovation is the spirit behind what we do.”
Roger McDonald of Tri-Wall Ltd said, “We view this as a very positive step for the future of the Tri-Wall Monmouth business and for all of our loyal customers. This event has given us opportunity to showcase the Welsh facilities and our unique production process to Tri-Wall staff across the world, to our guests and VIP’s and to all the local, national and international press that we have had here. It is a very proud day for all of us.”