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Crown expands in Asia Pacific

Crown Asia Pacific has announced the opening of its new beverage can manufacturing plant in Jakarta, Indonesia. The facility is Crown’s 16th beverage can plant in the Asia Pacific region and its first in Indonesia.

Located just outside of Jakarta in the city of Karawang, the plant is in close proximity to soft drink, juice and other beverage manufacturers concentrated in the Indonesian capital.

According to Crown, the single-line facility will produce standard 330ml two-piece aluminium beverage cans and a range of speciality sizes and has an initial annual capacity of 650 million cans.

It has been designed to be able to accommodate a second can line with similar capacity and a beverage end production line, allowing Crown to continue to scale up production when market demand calls for it.

Robert Bourque, president of Crown Asia Pacific, said: “There is great potential for the beverage can in Indonesia thanks to strong economic growth and a sizable population, which ranks as the fourth largest in the world.

“In addition to helping refresh a brand’s packaging mix, beverage cans offer several key attributes that appeal to the country’s rapidly urbanising consumer base, including portability, chillability and sustainability. We look forward to supporting local, regional and international customers from this new location.”

It is anticipated that the new plant will create over 100 jobs in its first year, with more than 90% of its workforce coming from the local community.

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