Soft-drinks bottler Arca Continental has opened a new production line at its plant in Guayaquil, Ecuador, with an investment of about $20m.
According to Arca Continental, the new line, along with other investments made in the last two years, is expected to increase production capacity by 35% and step-up annual capacity by more than 40 million unit cases in Ecuador.
The production line has the machinery for PET bottle blowing, labelling and filling production capacity of 48,000 bottles per hour.
The company has made investments of over $70m in Ecuador over the last two years for the new production line and for the upgrading of equipment, machinery and infrastructure, and information technology in its three bottling plants in the country.
With the new technologies in its Guayaquil Plant, Arca Continental will be able to achieve a 16% reduction in electricity consumption and a 30% decrease in the weight of PET containers.
The company claims that the latest investment is part of its overall plan to strengthen its operations in Ecuador and Argentina, in an effort to streamline its processes and support its sustainability strategy.
Arca Continental, a bottler of Coca-Cola products, has operations in Argentina, Ecuador and Mexico.
The company, which was formed in 2011 by integrating Arca and Grupo Continental, serves a population of over 53 million in northern and western Mexico and Ecuador and in the northern region of Argentina.
In 2011, Arca Continental's Ecuador sales totalled MXN4.99bn ($389m).