Colorado’s Ball Corporation announced earlier this week plans to build a new €170 million beverage packaging plant in Czechia that will go online in the fall of 2022.
The plant, which will be built at the Pilzen Digital Park in western Czech Republic, will feature two production lines of aluminium beverage cans. Construction is to begin this spring, and it will be carried out in two phases.
Carey Causey, President, Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA, said the project is part of a wider initiative to increase its presence in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
“This new facility is the next step in our commitment to the Czech Republic. 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.”
The plant will be built on a 25-acre plot and employ a workforce of 150 at the completion of the first phase of construction. A second phase will add another 50 positions, largely in engineering and support.
Gerhard Mayer, VP, Operations, Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA,
“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.”
Ball Corporation notes the rise in demand for aluminium beverage cans in the region, citing it as the reason for construction of the new plant. The firm did not specify a planned production capacity for the new plant.
Based in suburban Denver, Ball Corporation produces consumer food and beverage packaging for customers around the world. The firm employs 17,500 individuals and boasted net sales of US$11.5 billion in 2019.