MPE member Ball's beverage can plant in Guadalajara: a great example of metal packaging's contribution to Europe's regions and cities
On the first day of the European Week of Regions and Cities we’re delighted to share a tangible example of how the metal packaging industry contributes to Europe’s regions and cities: MPE member Ball’s beverage can production plant opened in September 2018 in Cabanillas del Campo, Guadalajara (Spain).
With the opening of this plant, representing an investment of over EUR100 millions, Ball is expecting to create 120 direct jobs in the area. Furthermore, the Cabanillas plant demonstrates Ball's commitment to supporting its customers in Spain and Southern Europe: with a consumption of 7,5 billion cans annually, Spain is the second largest beverage can market in Europe.
From the very beginning, the vision was to make Cabanillas a state-of-the-art, sustainable beverage can manufacturing facility: the plant uses 15% less energy compared to an average plant, and 22% less water. It produces STARcan, Ball’s most metal-efficient, next-generation can which leverages the company’s technology and weight-optimisation know-how.
As stressed by Colin Gillis, President of Ball Beverage Packaging Europe when the plant was opened,“throughout the construction process and the training of the plant’s new employees, the Spanish team has drawn on the experience of their Ball colleagues at other plants and offices across Europe. This close cooperation has resulted in the construction of a world-class beverage can manufacturing facility that will deliver quality, speed and increased environmental efficiency, while maintaining focus on the safety of operations at all times.”
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