US-based packaging company Ball has announced plans to build aluminium beverage packaging plants in the UK and Russia.
The company has chosen the SEGRO Park Kettering Gateway site in Kettering, Northamptonshire, for its UK plant. It has submitted a formal application for the project to North Northamptonshire Council.
Construction of the Kettering plant is expected to start this year after public consultation period has been held.
If approved, the plant will be Ball’s third beverage can manufacturing facility in the UK, with the company already operating sites in Milton Keynes and Wakefield.
The plant will manufacture cans for various markets, including hard seltzers, wines, ready-to-drink cocktails and pure and enhanced water brands.
Ball also plans to develop a plant in Ulyanovsk, Russia.
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Ball Beverage Packaging Naro-Fominsk and Ulyanovsk Regional Government have signed a cooperation agreement to start the plant’s construction.
The Ulynavosk plant will represent the company’s fourth facility in the country, with the company currently holding sites in the Moscow, St Petersburg and Chelyabinsk regions.
From 2023, the facilities are expected to produce billions of cans across a range of formats and sizes a year, as well as generating up to 200 skilled jobs.
Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) president Carey Causey said: “With the demand for our infinitely recyclable aluminium packaging growing [quickly] in an expanding number of categories, we are acting now to support our customers in the UK and Russia.
“The pandemic and changing consumption patterns mean that consumers are enjoying more of their favourite beverages at home and on-the-go and want to buy products in packages that they know will be recycled and can contribute to a truly circular economy.”
In January, Ball announced plans to develop an aluminium end-manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The plant is due to start production early next year.