South East Wales

170 new jobs to be created at Newport packaging firm

A Newport firm providing packaging for pharmaceutical and health products is to almost double its workforce with the creation of 170 new jobs.

It will take the number of employees at Celtic Way-based Essentra to 330.

The new roles, supported by £400,000 of Welsh government cash, come following the creation of 70 last November.

In announcing the jobs, economy minister Edwina Hart said Wales has a "notable strength" in the pharmaceuticals services sector.

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