Colorado’s Ball Corporation said late last week it plans to increase aluminium packaging production at its operations in Russia and the United Kingdom.
Ball has identified a property at SEGRO Park Kettering Gateway in Northamptonshire for a new aluminium packaging production facility. The firm did not provide any details on the size of the operation contemplated there, but it did say it expects to break ground on the project by year’s end. That plant will be Ball’s third in the British Isles, joining aluminium packaging production plants at Milton Keynes and Wakefield.
Meanwhile affiliate Ball Beverage Packaging Naro-Fominsk and the Ulyanovsk Regional Government in western Russia have come to an agreement on a new aluminium packaging plant in the region. The project, which the regional government has indicated is among its top priorities, joins Ball plants in Naro-Fominsk, Vesvolozhsk, and Argayash.
Carey Causey, President, Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA, said a steady increase in demand for aluminium packaging led to the decision to expand its operations.
“With the demand for our infinitely recyclable aluminium packaging growing fast in an expanding number of categories, we are acting now to support our customers in the UK and Russia. The pandemic and changing consumption patterns mean that consumers are enjoying more of their favourite beverages at home and on-the-go and want to buy products in packages that they know will be recycled and can contribute to a truly circular economy.”
Rudi Leenards, General Director, Ball Beverage Packaging Naro-Fominsk, said it continues to keep sustainability in view as it expands in Russia.
“We are firmly committed to the Russian market and are pleased to support so many of our domestic customers enjoying unprecedented demand. With sustainability a key concern for the next generation of consumers, we anticipate infinitely recyclable aluminium packages to play a growing role in the development of a truly circular economy that will be embraced in Russia and beyond.”
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.