Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP) has said it plans to build a new $200 million beverage can plant in Northern Ireland.

It said the plant will be located near Belfast and will service the growing needs of AMP's beverage customers in Ireland, the UK and Europe. Its customers include Coca-Cola.

The investment is one of the biggest in Northern Ireland since Brexit.

"This initiative is part of a multi-billion dollar investment programme by AMP involving the construction of new, infinitely recyclable, metal packaging capacity in Europe, North America and Brazil," the company said in a statement.

Though details on jobs numbers are still being finalised, the company said the investment will lead to the creation of a "large number" of full-time jobs for engineers, technicians and other roles.

AMP said it is currently at the pre-planning application stage and is actively engaged with local stakeholders on the project.

It said further details of the plant will be announced over the coming months.

"We are delighted to be investing in Northern Ireland, supporting our clients’ sustainability needs and further reducing our carbon footprint by locating capacity closer to our end customers," said Oliver Graham, CEO of AMP.

David Spratt, CEO of AMP Europe, said they plan to have the new plant operational during 2023.

He said they expect to commence recruitment in 2022.

"This investment is supported by key AMP customers and will have capacity for further expansion to service additional growth in customer demand," he said.

AMP, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, is 75% owned by Ardagh Group the international packaging group which traces its origins back to glass manufacturing in Dublin in the 1930's.