Crown canning plant doubles its capacity

Crown Bevcan boosted production after investing in new manufacturing lines at its Dubai and Jordan plants.

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By  Roger Field Published  September 7, 2006

Crown Bevcan Europe & Middle East, an affiliate of Crown Holdings, Inc, has ramped up production of drinks cans in the Middle East with the opening of three new production lines in the region. The company’s Dubai plant, Crown Emirates Co Ltd, recently opened a US $35 million can-making line, as well as a US $10 million line to manufacture can ends. Meanwhile, Crown also invested about US $25 million in a new can-making line at its Jordan plant. Production of standard and printed can ends started at Crown Emirates’ end-making line in May, with round-the-clock production starting in July following full installation of two conversion presses. The line will produce some 1.5 billion can ends a year – or 4.6 million each day – for some of the region’s largest soft drinks fillers. The two new lines at the Dubai plant required an additional 70 staff members, and are producing cans mainly for soft drinks including Pepsi and Coca Cola. “We are also more than doubling our can capacity,” Francois Querrioux said, general manager, Crown Emirates, said. “The new can line will be up and running in a few weeks now. We are adding something like 900 million cans to our capacity.” Ralph Lambert, vice president of Crown Middle East added that installing and opening a new end-making facility is always a challenging operation, and that the management team was particularly pleased that the process had run so smoothly. “As the longest standing packaging manufacturer in the region, we are constantly investing in technology and processes to meet the needs of our customers and this new line will enable us to satisfy growing local demand for both printed and standard ends,” he said. Saud Algosaibi, managing director of Ahmad H Algosaibi, Crown’s joint venture partner for the plant, added: “We are pleased to know that line has been started on time. It is a pleasure to continue to serve our customers.” In addition to its Dubai operation, Crown Bevcan has a further four can plants in the Middle East and North Africa, in Dammam and Jeddah, Amman, and Tunis, where the company also recently added a new can-making line to serve the burgeoning north African market. All of Crown’s plants in the Middle East and North Africa are joint ventures with Crown partner, Ahmad H Algosaibi, a Saudi Arabian holding company.

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