And finally… LEGO unveils plans for $1bn carbon-neutral factory
The LEGO Group has announced plans to invest more than $1 billion to build a new factory in the United States.
Once completed, the 1.7 million square foot (160,000m2 ) facility in Chesterfield County, Virginia, will employ more than 1,760 people.
The factory will be designed to operate as a carbon-neutral facility. 100% of its day-to-day energy needs will be matched by renewable energy generated by an onsite solar park. The site will also be designed to minimise energy consumption and use of non-renewable resources.
Niels B. Christiansen, CEO, the LEGO Group, said: “This is an exciting step for the LEGO Group. More and more families are falling in love with LEGO building and we are looking forward to making LEGO bricks in the US, one of our largest markets. The location in Virginia allows us to build a solar park which supports our sustainability ambitions and provides easy links to country-wide transportation networks. We are also looking forward to creating fantastic employment opportunities for the people of Virginia.”
Construction will commence in autumn 2022 with production projected to start in the second half of 2025. A temporary packaging site will open in an existing building nearby in early 2024 and create up to 500 jobs.
The Virginia factory will be the LEGO Group’s seventh factory globally and the second in the Americas. The company’s manufacturing site in Monterrey, Mexico primarily supplies the US market and will be expanded and upgraded to meet the growing demand for LEGO products.