Ball Corporation has said that its new joint venture metal beverage can plant in Brazil will start up a second production line, early in the first quarter of 2011. The Tres Rios plant near Rio de Janeiro makes aluminum beverage cans for beer and other beverages.
The plant is a part of Latapack-Ball Embalagens, which operates metal beverage packaging plants in Tres Rios, Jacarei and Salvador, Brazil.
Raymond Seabrook, chief operating officer of global packaging operations at Ball Corporation, said: The Brazilian can market grew by approximately 11% in 2009, and demand is expected to continue to increase.
“As we said during our January earnings conference call, our facilities there are well-positioned to supply our customers as they grow and we had begun discussions with customers about a second line in Tres Rios. That process is underway and the second line is sold out in 2011. We have the capability to install a third line in Tres Rios when demand warrants.
Ball Corporation is a supplier of metal and plastic packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the US government. The company and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,000 people worldwide and reported 2009 sales of more than $7.3bn.