Chinese-owned €20m dairy plant opens in Monaghan

Shanghai-based Newbaze Industrial Group this week opened its new professional dairy formula plant in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.

Trading as Ireliffey, the Newbaze Ireland Nutrition Food plant’s opening marks the completion of a two-year building programme with a capital investment of €20m. The facility will employ 60 people.

The state-of-the-art new facility specialises in the production and packaging of high quality nutritional dairy powder products.

“Ireland was the first choice for the Shanghai based Newbaze Industrial Group due to Ireland’s long-standing reputation of having a developed dairy infrastructure with a safe milk source”

“This is a strategically important investment for Ireland and Monaghan by a leading international dairy formula manufacturer,” said Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovaiton Heather Humphreys, TD, opening the plant yesterday (19 November 2019)

“Ireland was the first choice for the Shanghai based Newbaze Industrial Group to establish a production facility outside of China. This is due to Ireland’s long-standing reputation of having a developed dairy infrastructure with a safe milk source.”

Confidence in Irish dairy industry

The Newbaze Group’s decision to invest and open this facility further places Ireland internationally as a location that offers quality raw dairy materials combined with a highly educated and skilled workforce.

It is a major signal of confidence in the border region and the future and quality of the Irish dairy industry.”

“I’m delighted to announce the completion of the development phase and the opening of this new facility today in the beautiful county of Monaghan,” Ding Wei, general manager, Newbaze Ireland said.

“This announcement on the back of our €20m investment in 2017 increases our capacity to supply our wider international customer base. Newbaze Ireland’s future growth plan is to provide high-quality milk powder products to consumers in the Chinese market and emerging markets such as Africa, southeast Asia and the Middle East by 2020. Newbaze Ireland will provide OEM full-service solutions, to meet global market demand for a variety of milk powder product requirements.”

Newbaze Ireland is among one of the largest private dry blending dairy professional formula manufacturing facilities in Ireland with a main building area of 8,600 square metres, equipped with ISO eight cleanroom structures.

“Enterprise Ireland is responsible for attracting Foreign Direct Investment from the global food industry into Ireland and the opening of this new showcase plant reflects highly on the entire Irish dairy sector ecosystem – leveraging on the many advantages of the Irish based support system including quality raw materials, equipment, technology and people,” said Alexa Toomy, manager in charge of Dairy, Beverages and FDI at Enterprise Ireland.

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Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 19 November, 2019