Chivas Brothers has revealed plans for a new bottling hall that will open in Paisley this summer.
It will increase the emphasis on hand-bottling for prestige and ultra-prestige editions such as Chivas Regal 25, The Royal Salute range and other high-end limited editions of The Glenlivet and Ballantine’s.
Malt whisky distillation capacity will also be increased, with expansions at Glenallachie, Glentauchers, Tormore and Longmorn distilleries and the reopening of Glen Keith distillery in April 2013.
This will result in a 25% capacity increase across 2012 and 2013. In addition, new heat recovery technology is also being introduced to make stills 25% more efficient.
Christian Porta, Chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers said: “We are committed to a capital expenditure of £40 million annually to further increase our distillation capacity and production facilities. This investment, allied to strong market growth, a continued commitment to innovation and the best suited portfolio to target the most profitable opportunities, will provide the basis for future value growth for our company.”