Ardagh Group is set to increase production in its Valparaiso plant in Indiana, US, in a bid to meet the growing demand for new beverage can packaging.

Built in 1987, the Valparaiso facility encompasses 135,000ft² manufacturing and warehouse space.

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It produces beverage can tops, ends and the tabs.

The decision to increase production is expected to enable the plant and Ardagh’s seven beverage can manufacturing plants in North America to offer clients an enhanced portfolio packaging option.

As most of the beverage can companies are now aiming to use the full surface of the product to promote their branding, Ardagh aims to provide a wider range of graphic designs for ends and tabs.

Ardagh Metal – North America CEO Claude Marbach said: “We’re very proud to increase Valparaiso’s production capabilities, further positioning the plant as a world-class source of innovative, eye-catching tabs and ends.

“We are providing leading beverage organisations with the best in brand-building packaging.”

“We are providing leading beverage organisations with the best in brand-building packaging, enabling differentiation on retail shelves with the inherent environmental benefits of aluminium cans.”

The Valparaiso facility will increase the output by nearly 10%, with the new production scheduled to be available in the third quarter of this year.

According to Ardagh, beverage cans have a higher recycling rate and recycled content percentage compared to other forms of beverage packages. The cans can also be shipped and displayed at retail stores more efficiently.

With global sales of nearly $8.6bn, Ardagh operates more than 100 metal and glass manufacturing facilities across 22 countries. It employs around 23,000 people.