Nampak‘s subsidiary Bevcan will produce and supply lightweight aluminium cans for Coca-Cola’s portfolio of beverages, as part of a five-year contract worth ZAR5.6bn ($632m).

According to Bevcan, Coca-Cola Canners, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola South Africa, is expected to offer its beverages in the new cans in late 2013 to the Gauteng market, and to the rest of the country during 2014.

In line with global trends, the process of replacing its production line of tin-plated steel beverage cans with aluminium-bodied cans was put in process by the South African beverage can manufacturer Bevcan , with the first locally produced all-aluminium cans set to hit the market in mid-2013.

Bevcan managing director Erik Smuts said, "Our infrastructure investment for this project includes the installation of a new high-speed line at one of our Gauteng plants, which is due for commissioning in May 2013."

About 70% of the beverage cans produced initially by Bevcan are expected to be 100% aluminium.

The new aluminium can is light and easy to carry, and will appeal to the environmentally-conscious consumer.

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As the cans are of lightweight, less fuel and energy will be required for their transportation.

In 2012, aluminium products supplier for can-ends and tabs Hulamin signed a two-and-a-half year aluminium sheeting supply contract with Bevcan.

At present, South Africa’s soft drinks and beer cans are produced with a steel body and aluminium can-ends and tabs.