A MAKER of contact lenses has created 42 jobs after moving its packaging operation to the former Ford factory site in Southampton.

CooperVision will officially open its new facility at Mountpark in Swaythling next week.

Its packaging operation had been based alongside its distribution centre at the company’s European head office in Segensworth, Fareham, since 2006.

But it said it needed more space to accommodate growing demand and provide room for expansion in the future. The move means Delta Park will become a dedicated distribution facility.

As well as expanding the company’s distribution and packaging capabilities, the move has created 42 jobs in a variety of roles, the business said.

Jason Burden, operations director at CooperVision, said: “As a business we’ve continued to enjoy significant growth over recent years and with this set to continue, our packaging operations have moved to this fantastic new facility.

“Customer service is a top priority for us which is why we’ve taken all the necessary steps to ensure a seamless transition for both our employees and customers.

“The relocation will enable us to continue to provide a high level of service to our customers, meet demand and prepare ourselves for future growth. With a host of sites across Hampshire, we are delighted that our new facility is helping contribute to the local economy and create new employment opportunities.”

The company makes disposable and monthly contact lens brands including Clariti, MyDay and Biofinity.

Dan McBride, who is president of CooperVision as well as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the CooperCompanies, is due to preside over a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, December 9.

CooperVision is among several businesses which have relocated to Mountpark in recent times.

The global transport and logistics company DSV Air & Sea announced earlier this year that it would be centralising its local operations on the site.

Mountpark acquired the Swaythling site in 2015 after the closure of the Ford Transit factory which was once a major employer for Southampton.

Ford’s vans had been made at the site for 40 years. Southampton City Council worked with the new owner to help keep the site for employment and create more than 1,000 jobs.