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Crown to establish three new beverage can facilities in China

Crown Holdings, an international supplier of packaging products, will construct three new beverage can units in China to cater to the growing beverage market in the country.

The company said that one plant will be located in Putian (Fujian Province), one in Foshan (Guangdong Province) and one in Ziyang (Sichuan Province).

The new plants will have initial combined yearly production capacity of 2.1bn aluminum beverage cans, and each of the plants will be designed to accommodate the installation of additional production lines as market demand grows and to produce 25cl, 33cl and 50cl cans.

The company expects to begin commercial production during the fourth quarter of 2011 in Putian, during the first quarter of 2012 in Ziyang and during the third quarter of 2012 in Foshan.

Crown Asia-Pacific division president Jozef Salaerts said that the demand for beverage cans continues to grow in China and the company is pleased to expand its capacity with new state-of-the-art equipment to meet its customers’ requirements.

“The aluminum beverage can is recyclable, shipped easily and, most importantly, preserves the quality of the beverage product for the consumer,” Salaerts said.

Crown Holdings chairman and CEO John Conway said that the company’s Asian can businesses in China and Southeast Asia are currently, taken together, the largest metal packaging enterprise in Asia (excluding Japan).

“The expansion we are announcing today will significantly enhance our position in China with highly efficient modern factories, a broad product range in beverage cans and comprehensive geographic coverage to support this dynamic and growing market,” Conway said.