Crown Holdings has opened its new beverage can manufacturing facility at Tioga County Industrial Park Nichols, New York, US.

With the new plant, Crown aims to meet the country's growing demand for specialty beverage cans that are suitable for use in soft drinks, beer, ready-to-drink teas, coffee, sparkling waters, wine and spirits, juices and other functional beverages.

The new plant represents the can industry's first greenfield facility in the US and is designed to produce two-piece aluminium cans in various sizes.

The newly constructed, 533,853ft² facility has already began commercial shipping services in late January, and the second manufacturing line of the plant was completed in April.

"Beverage cans remain a valued, trusted format with consumers around the world due to their portability, durability and sustainability."

The facility is expected to create more than 160 new jobs by next year.

Crown Holdings president and CEO Timothy Donahue said: “Beverage cans remain a valued, trusted format with consumers around the world due to their portability, durability and sustainability.

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“This new facility reflects Crown's commitment to support its customers with capacity when and where they need it and underscores our philosophy of delivering innovative metal packaging that responds to demands of modern consumers.

“On behalf of Crown, I would like to thank our many partners that supported this initiative, including New York'sEmpire State Development, Tioga County, the Town of Nichols and New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG).”

Crown currently has 15 beverage can plants across North America and produce aluminium cans in various sizes staring from 7.5oz to 16oz.