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Packaging firm announces plans to close Deeside factory with loss of 167 jobs

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A packaging business has announced plans to close its Deeside factory with the potential loss of up to 167 jobs.

Mondi says it has opened a 45-day consultation with employee representatives regarding the closure of all its Welsh operations in the second half of this year.

The Deeside factory employs 167 people.

Mondi, which claims on its website to be the "world's largest paper bag producer", says it is "committed to treating people fairly throughout the process".

The firm says it employs more than 26,000 people across 30 countries.

It said the proposed closure was due to a "change in demand for the niche products" produced at its Deeside and Nelson sites.

Mondi has implemented various strategic initiatives over the past two years to streamline operations and enhance the cost-competitiveness of both sites, however due to the change in demand for the niche products produced at these sites, Mondi sees no alternative than to start a consultation process on the potential closure.

The proposal under consideration will impact around 200 employees. Mondi understands this is a particularly challenging time for employees and their families and is committed to treating people fairly throughout the process.

Employees will be given support during the consultation and implementation of the ultimately agreed proposal, and Mondi will follow all legal procedures in accordance with UK labour law.

– Mondi Group Spokesperson

Mondi says it remains "fully committed to flexible plastics packaging and will continue to serve its UK customers from its wide network of production facilities across Europe".

On its website, Mondi describes itself as a "global leader in flexible packaging". It makes products including industrial paper bags primarily used in cement and building materials, agricultural, chemical and food products, as well as retail shopping bags and sustainable food packaging.

Mark Tami MP, who represents Alyn and Deeside said he was "shocked" at the news.

It's come out of the blue.

As I understand things, the factory is going to close. I've been in touch with the company, they've given me a statement but really that's all I know at this stage.

It's just after Christmas, and 167 people who will potentially not have a job in weeks to come and that is a very sad situation.

– Mark Tami MP, Labour - Alyn and Deeside