BCM builds new beverage can plant in Thailand
A new beverage can plant is being constructed in Thailand by Bangkok Can Manufacturing (BCM), a subsidiary of Japan’s Toyo Seikan Group (TSG). The plant is being built in the Rojana Industrial Park at Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, and represents an investment of US$84.2 million. TSG hasn’t revealed the number of production lines that will be installed at the plant, nor its capacity.
The company did not say if the two-piece aluminium cans being produced will be conventional or polyester-coated TULC. The target for the startup of the plant is May 2019.
Commenting on the reasons for investing in the plant, TSG said: “The beverage market in Thailand and its surrounding countries has seen a robust demand and is expected to continue growing for the years ahead.
“In response to increased demand for beverage cans in the region, BCM had considered building additional production facilities in its existing plant but found that the plant could not allocate enough space for the expansion. Consequently, it decided to build a new plant in Thailand.”
BCM’s beverage can plant at Bangkok has three production lines and capacity of almost two billion cans a year. Other plants in Thailand are operated by Crown Asia Pacific (two lines), NCI (four lines) and Thai Beverage (three lines). Estimated manufacturing capacity in Thailand is approximately eight billion cans a year.