Ball open new plant in Spain

Beverage can maker, Ball Corporation has today inaugurated a new production plant in Spain located in Cabanillas del Campo, Guadalajara.

Following a €100 million investment, Cabanillas produces 330ml and 500ml STARcans, Ball’s most metal-efficient can on two production lines with an annual capacity of 1.6 billion units. The plant also reportedly uses 15% less energy and 22% less water compared to an average plant.

Daniel W. Fisher, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Global Beverage Packaging, said: “Our investment in this state-of-the-art facility in Cabanillas demonstrates our goal to support customers in Spain and southern Europe with their growth ambitions. In addition, the plant illustrates our commitment to sustainable operations, and our vision of making the can the most sustainable package. Ball is proud to have built this plant in Spain, and we welcome Cabanillas to our worldwide network.”

Colin Gillis, president, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe added: “Throughout the construction process and the training of the plant’s new employees, the Spanish team has drawn on the experience of their Ball colleagues at other plants and offices across Europe. This close co-operation has resulted in the construction of a world-class beverage can manufacturing facility that will deliver quality, speed and increased environmental efficiency, while maintaining focus on the safety of operations at all times.”

With a consumption of 7.5 billion cans a year, Spain is the second largest beverage can market in Europe.

(L-R) Patricia Franco Jiménez, Councilor of Economy, Business and Employment of Castilla-La Mancha; John Hayes, CEO Ball Corporation; Duke Bucham III, U.S. Ambassador to Spain; Emiliano García-Page, President of the Junta de Castilla-La Mancha; Magdalena Valerio Cordero, Minister for Labor, Migration and Social Security; Jose Ignacio Comenge, President Ball Beverage Ibérica; Jose García Salinas, Mayor of Cabanillas del Campo; Colin Gillis, President Ball Beverage Packaging Europe

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