Tyrone company boss would like cheque from Boris Johnson after Brexit hits firm

Currency fluctuations have led to rising costs for Greiner
Currency fluctuations have led to rising costs for Greiner

The chief executive of a packaging company in Dungannon has revealed his firm is in “contingency planning” after taking a hit from Brexit.

Jarek Zasadzinski from Greiner Packaging, which is based in Austria but employs 250 people in Dungannon, joked that he would like to demand a cheque from leading Leave campaigner Boris Johnson for his company’s increased costs.

But he insisted that the firm would keep its operations in the Co Tyrone town.

However, Mr Zasadzinski, who heads up Greiner Packaging Ltd’s Northern Ireland operations, admitted currency fluctuations since the surprise result had caused its costs to rise.

While celebrating the new investment, Greiner’s chief executive warned that the Brexit vote was not good news for the company. “Overall, it has a very negative impact for us,” warned Jarek Zasadzinski.

“We are exposed to the euro and the dollar because we import into the UK and our imports have become more expensive.

“We are in the process of preparing contingency plans as we speak. But we will not be leaving Dungannon.”

Customers could see price rises, he admitted, adding: “It may have an impact on price increases for customers.”