Crown Holdings has announced a major expansion of its beverage can production capacity in Turkey.
The investment plan includes increasing capacity at the company's existing two-line facility in Izmit, near Istanbul, and the construction of a new manufacturing plant in the Osmaniye region in south-central Turkey.
The capacity addition at the Izmit plant will be complete in early 2011, with the new Osmaniye plant due to be operational by early 2012.
The new plant will initially have one line producing aluminium cans and will be designed to support additional production lines as future market needs require.
Located near the port of Mersin in the Mediterranean Sea, this new investment will also provide a strong platform for exports to the surrounding markets in the Middle East and North Africa.
The expansion programme will add approximately 1bn two-piece aluminium cans per annum in 33cl and 50cl sizes, bringing Crown's total production capacity in Turkey to approximately 2.5bn beverage cans.
Crown currently operates 14 beverage can plants in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Source: Crown Holdings
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