Crown Asia-Pacific has opened a new beverage can manufacturing plant in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Though its first in Indonesia, the new production unit is the company’s 16th beverage can manufacturing facility in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Located in the city of Karawang, the single-line facility will manufacture standard 330ml two-piece aluminum beverage cans, in addition to cans in a wide range of specialty sizes.

“We look forward to supporting local, regional and international customers from this new location.”

The plant has an initial annual capacity of 650 million cans and is built in close proximity to soft drink, juices and other beverage manufacturers.

Designed to be able to accommodate a second can line with a similar capacity and a beverage end production line, the new facility will enable the company to continue to increase production to address high market demand.

Crown Asia-Pacific president Robert Bourque said: “There is great potential for the beverage can in Indonesia, thanks to strong economic growth and a sizable population, which ranks as the fourth largest in the world.

“In addition to helping refresh a brand’s packaging mix, beverage cans offer several key attributes that appeal to the country’s rapidly urbanising consumer base, including portability, chillability and sustainability.

“We look forward to supporting local, regional and international customers from this new location.”

The manufacturing facility will generate more than 100 job opportunities in its first year, with more than 90% of its workforce derived from the local community.