To address the increased demand for infinitely recyclable beverage cans, Ardagh Group, one of the leading worldwide suppliers of metal and glass packaging will be adding two new high-speed beverage can manufacturing lines at its Olive Branch, Mississippi, facility. The new lines will begin production by the end of 2020.
According to Claude Marbach, CEO, Ardagh Metal – Beverage North America, the new production capacity complements a growing Ardagh beverage can manufacturing network. "This is one of a number of significant capacity expansion investments we are initiating to meet growing demand, as consumers and customers increasingly recognize the sustainability advantages of beverage cans," he said. "Beverage cans deliver high recycled content rates, often driving the effectiveness of municipal recycling systems due to the inherent value of aluminum. And with ideal filling, distribution and retail display economics, beverage cans enable customers to further build their brand and bottom line."
The North American can industry is sold out for the next 24-36 month. Global beverage-can demand has skyrocketed as the COVID-19 pandemic’s restrictions on bars, pubs, restaurants and major events has shifted consumption from draft beer to cans in multi-packs for home-consumption. In addition, new innovative products, like those in the USD 3.5 billon hard seltzer industry, lean heavily towards cans (inside.beer, 20.10.2020).
Ball Corporation, North America’s largest aluminum can maker disclosed in September to build a new aluminum beverage packaging plant in Pittston, Pennsylvania (inside.beer, 2.9.2020). The multi-line plant is scheduled to begin production in mid-2021 and will join the company’s other North American beverage can manufacturing facilities, including a new plant in Glendale, Arizona, which is currently under construction and scheduled to start up in first-quarter 2021.The company expects that the new projects will add at least 8 billion units of capacity by the end of 2021.
The Ardagh Olive Branch facility, built in 1988 on more than 20 acres of land, will be adding more than 80 new jobs as part of the capacity expansion, increasing the number of teammates at the plant to more than 200.
The plant's new production will initially focus on the company's Ardagh Sleek™ line, package sizes recognized across growing beverage categories such as hard seltzers, beer, energy drinks and teas. The additional capacity strengthens a full range of product sizes available to customers from a network of eight beverage can and end manufacturing locations throughout the U.S.
Ardagh Group is a global supplier of infinitely recyclable metal and glass packaging for the world's leading brands. Ardagh operates 56 metal and glass production facilities in 12 countries, employing more than 16,000 people with sales of approximately USD 7bn.