The Welsh Assembly Government is supporting an investment of £7m (€7.94m) in a personal care factory, which is expected to create 200 jobs in South Wales.
Fillcare, a wholly-owned subsidiary of France-based Favera Holding, purchased the former L’Oreal factory in Talbot Green in 2009, retaining 66 jobs.
The manufacturing facility supplies hair care and styling products to several brands, and the investment is designed to allow for the expansion of operations; more specifically, a move into the aerosol market, it was said in a statement.
State-of-the art facility to benefit wider economy
The investment is being supported by the Assembly Government through the Single Investment fund, and will result in a state-of-the-art facility with new equipment and production lines.
The announcement that nearly 200 jobs are to be created at the factory over the course of four years is a timely one given that the area has suffered from job losses during the recession.
“An investment of this size during economically challenging times is excellent news and an important boost for the manufacturing sector,” said Ieuan Wyn Jones, Minister for the Economy and Transport.
Wyn Jones added that the investment also has the potential to benefit the wider economy as Fillcare is looking to develop a local supply chain.
Fillcare managing director Thomas Jacquemet said the company is already in talks with several companies, and has already engaged one to build a new storage facility.
Move into aerosol market
The planned move into the aerosol market is designed to complement existing work at the factory, which is handled by a workforce of 73 employees, and is expected to lead to significant growth, said Jacquemet.
Fareva Group already has ten existing aerosol production facilities, which will allow Fillcare to draw on the company’s expertise in this area, he added.
“We have already won new orders providing contract manufacturing for established market brands and have the advantage of being able to offer them the latest technology,” said Jacquemet.