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£1m grant secures Dumfries jobs

Section:  Annan and Eskdale, Dumfries and West, Lockerbie and Lochmaben, Moffat  | Tags: , ,

A NEAR £1m Scottish Enterprise Grant has helped to secure around 70 jobs at a Dumfries manufacturing plant.

DuPont Tejin Films (DTF) plan to increase their manufacturing capabilities following the £967,955 grant which has been announced by the Scottish Government.

Paul Wheelhouse, the Minister for Business Innovation and Energy, announced the award during a visit to the factory, which makes polymer film for use in industrial packaging, as well as healthcare, alternative energy, durable media, electronics, electrical insulation and capacitors.

The Minister said: “Manufacturing is at the heart of our economy and research and development are key to boosting both innovation and the sector’s productivity and competitiveness.”

He added: “This award of close to £1 million to a key employer in Dumfries not only provides a boost to those workers who will see their jobs secured, but also benefits the wider economy of the South of Scotland and Scotland as a whole.

“DTF is a graduate-based business with a firm commitment to youth employment.

Moray Mackenzie, operations and site manager at DTF’s Dumfries site, said: “We welcome this research and development grant from Scottish Enterprise which has been key in helping secure an important investment for the Dumfries site.

“This will introduce new polymer and film capabilities to the site to support the development and manufacture of innovative films targeted at meeting the needs of hi-tech speciality markets across Europe and the USA.”

Silvio Clemente, head of company growth at Scottish Enterprise, added: “With our support, DuPont Teijin’s R&D investment will see further development of its existing production lines and the development of new product opportunities.”

Dupont Teijins Films (UK) Ltd exports 70 per cent of turnover and operates a strong programme of innovation.




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