Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) has announced an investment of £31m ($37.87m) at its manufacturing facility in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK.

The independent bottler of Coca-Cola will use the investment to set up a new canning line at the plant, which is claimed to be Europe’s largest soft drinks plant by volume measurement.

The new line is set to have a capacity of manufacturing 2,000 cans per minute and is expected to begin production activities in 2024.

The move is expected to boost the existing production capabilities of CCEP’s lightweight 330ml cans.

Additionally, the canning line will feature various advanced technologies that will help minimise the consumption of energy, water, and carbon dioxide.

More specifically, these energy and water savings will come mainly from the dry lubrication on conveyors alongside the air rinsing capabilities and an auto-sleep function on motors.

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CCEP Partners Great Britain vice-president and general manager Stephen Moorhouse said: “The latest development at Wakefield is a milestone investment that will allow us to take the next step in our sustainability journey while making positive contributions to our local community here in Wakefield.

“Wakefield is our largest manufacturing site, offering a wide range of modern manufacturing jobs and sitting at the heart of many of the latest manufacturing technologies.

“As a result, in just five years, we have invested more than £100m into the factory, helping us to accelerate our path to net zero and support the local economy.”

CCEP will further allocate this investment to support various infrastructure upgrades and optimise the factory in future.

These infrastructure upgrades include the expansion of other existing facilities at the site, as well as the construction of a new warehouse for raw materials storage.

CCEP has also collaborated with Sidel to transition to a lighter neck format for its carbonated soft drinks plastic bottles.