Crown to build Brazilian can plant in Belem

Crown Embalagens, a subsidiary of Crown Holdings, has announced that it will build a beverage can plant in Belem, Northern Brazil.

The plant will produce two-piece aluminium beverage cans in multiple sizes and is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2012. The new plant will have an initial annual capacity of one billion cans and will be designed to support additional production lines as future market needs require.

Raymond McGowan, president of Crown’s Americas Division, said: “Belem, the capital city of Para, has a population of over two million people and is strategically located at the entrance to the Amazon region. It is an ideal location from which to expand to meet growing customer demand for beer and soft drink cans.”

Crown has been operating in Brazil since 1942 and has two-piece aluminium beverage can plants in Cabreuva, Estancia and Ponta Grossa and a beverage end plant in Manaus.

As previously announced, the company is in the process of adding additional beverage can lines at its Estancia and Ponta Grossa plants. When all of these projects are commercialized, Crown will have annual production capacity of 7.5 billion cans in Brazil.

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