Joint venture partners Owens-Illinois, (O-I), Berli Jucker Public Company Limited (BJC) and Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Company (SABECO) have opened a glass container manufacturing plant in Vietnam.
Located around 60km south east of Ho Chi Minh City in Ba Ria Vung Tau Province, the new $47m factory will initially produce approximately 75,000 tonnes annually of mainly returnable glass containers for Vietnam’s beer, soft drink, food, wine, spirits and pharmaceutical markets.
However, the new plant has the capacity to adapt to market trends, extending to four lines with a production capacity of 84,000 tonnes of glass annually.
Underlying the plant’s capability and flexibility, the new facility has one furnace, three glass-making lines and two applied ceramic labelling printing lines. The plant employs nearly 450 people, mainly from the Ba Ria region, and uses natural gas for improved sustainability.
The new Vietnam plant, completed in November 2011, replaces an existing facility in District 4 of Ho Chi Minh City that was recently vacated by O-I BJC to facilitate the city’s urban development plans.
O-I CEO and Chairman Al Stroucken said: “Vietnam is experiencing strong economic growth, which clearly provides opportunity for the glass industry. We know that beer is packaged primarily in glass here, and we know that consumers are looking for quality, taste and purity of contents. Our high quality and versatile glass containers are the perfect packaging solution.
“Glass is the most economical and sustainable packaging available, especially when using returnable containers, so it is vital that we have operations in place as the markets in this region grow and mature. This new plant allows us to meet and exceed the high expectations of current and future customers in this region.”
Source: Berli Jucker
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