Ball to build new aluminium can plant in Pilsen

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Packaging manufacturer Ball Corporation plans to begin the construction of a new aluminium can plant near Pilsen in the spring of this year.

The new aluminium can plant in the West of the Czech Republic will expand the company’s output in the region to meet the growing demand from consumers who want sustainable and recyclable beverage packaging, says Ball. The EUR170m facility plans to employ up to 200 people and launch operations in October 2022.

“In the Pilsen region we know we can find a skilled workforce close to our key customers, who will continue to benefit from our cutting-edge production processes, our commitment to the environment and a high-quality and sustainable beverage package,” said Carey Causey, president of Ball Beverage Packaging for the region. He pointed out that the EUR170m investment is part of a broader strategy for increased investment in the wider Emea (Europe, Middle East & Africa) region.

New aluminium can plant designed for two production lines

The new factory, with two production lines, is planned to occupy a site of more than 100,000 m2 in the Pilsen Digital Park, enabling further expansion when required. Its construction is to be divided into two phases. The first would create around 150 new jobs and the second, raise the total to some 200 professional jobs in engineering and support roles. “We plan to install sophisticated automated equipment at the facility, leveraging the latest modern technologies to minimize environmental impacts, and strengthened by our recent commitment to 100 % renewable energy to cover our operations in Europe,” said Gerhard Mayer, VP, Operations, Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA.

Only recently the company plans to build a new aluminium end manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. The facility is scheduled to begin production in early 2022 and expand over multiple years to create some 200 manufacturing jobs.

Aluminium cans are the world’s most recycled beverage package and can be recycled over and over with minimal losses, supporting the shift to a truly circular economy. Aluminium offers beverage brands a stylish, light package which keep drinks fresh and cool, and which maximizes transport capacity.

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