Gozo-based company Hutchinson Malta has announced that it will be investing €6 million to diversify its portfolio and become more energy efficient, as it grows its workforce to meet new demand.

The announcement was made during a visit to the company's plant by Prime Minister Robert Abela and Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development Miriam Dalli.

The investment, says the company, will help it strengthen its operations, invest in more efficient machinery, reduce emissions and create new places of work.

It also aims to diversify its production portfolio by entering the aviation industry. Hutchinson Gozo currently operates in the car industry.

Over the last six months, Hutchinson Gozo increased its workforce by 50 employees, with the aim of reaching 300 workers in the coming years.

Minister Dalli called on Maltese and Gozitan enterprises to continue working hard to attract investment.

“Hutchinson Gozo exemplifies what we’re working for,” she said.

“We are not only providing assistance but also helping companies invest, regenerate and diversify to compete in international markets.”

She said that the measures and incentives issued by Malta Enterprise show the Government’s commitment to helping businesses reach their sustainability targets through digitalisation.

“This means an increase in efficient, quality jobs,” concluded the Minister.

Jason Borg, plant manager at Hutchinson Gozo, said that the Government’s assistance through the wage supplement scheme was “crucial”, allowing the company to hold on to all its employees.

“Our workers are the greatest resource we have,” he said, as he thanked the Government for not closing factories during the pandemic.

In fact, the Gozitan company stopped receiving the wage supplement in August, as it experienced an increase in demand from international markets.

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