Polish metal packaging firm CANPACK Group announced earlier this week an expansion into the Czech Republic of its operations that will take the form of an aluminium can factory.
Per the firm, the new facility will be located in Stříbřo, which lies in Plzeň Region, along the western border with Germany. The aluminium can plant’s primary customer will be Asahi Group’s brewery Plzeňský Prazdroj, though CANPACK says the plant will also serve the aluminium can needs of other regional clients.
Once completed, the planned aluminium can plant will boost CANPACK’s overall production total to 25 billion units per year.
“The state of the art facility is a landmark in the continued strategic partnership between Asahi and CANPACK,” says Stephen McAneny, VP and Chief Commercial Officer, CANPACK.
“Utilizing our agile business model we aim to offer Plzeňský Prazdroj and our extensive European customer base innovative and sustainable packaging, superior quality, as well as operational excellence whilst enhancing the brand and consumer experience.”
Begun in 1992, CANPACK’s parent company CAN-PACK S.A. was founded in Kraków as a subsidiary of Pol-Am-Pack S.A. The firm began producing 330 ml aluminium beverage cans and SOT 206 aluminum easy-open ends at its first plant in Brzesko two years later. The company is now among the largest metal packaging firms on Earth, boasting a labor force of almost 8,000 and annual sales of over US$1.6 billion. Its current production capacity stands at 18 billion aluminium beverage cans, 30 billion bottle closures, 1.2 billion metal containers for food and chemical storage, and about 700 tons of glass storage units per annum.