Ball Corporation announced that it has started construction of a new can manufacturing plant in Kettering, UK, as demand for recyclable aluminum drinks cans is on the rise.
The new facility, located in SEGRO Park at Kettering Gateway, will be the largest beverage packaging plant ever built in the UK, the company said, covering some 56,000 square metres, as well as additional space for future expansion.
The project is expected to be completed by January 2023, and in its first year the facility will produce over one billion fully recyclable cans.
Demand for sustainable packaging
“As environmental awareness increases, consumers are pushing for more sustainable beverage packaging,” commented Carey Causey, President, Ball Beverage Packaging, EMEA. “This new facility – at one of the UK’s best-known manufacturing sites – will help us support our customers’ growth, creating fully recyclable cans, which can play a role in a true circular economy and support the local community.”
Ball builds the Kettering plant to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ sustainability and environmental standards, with added features such as a rainwater harvesting system and the use of technology to mitigate exhaust emissions machines.
This means the plant will use 20% less energy and 70% less water than traditional can-making processes.
According to a recent survey, some 80% of consumers are taking action to reduce single-use plastic, and two-thirds want to do more. Aluminum cans are currently the most recycled beverage packaging in the world, with a UK recycling rate of 82% and a European average of 76%.
The Kettering plant will be Ball’s third can manufacturing site in the UK, joining the Milton Keynes and Wakefield plants and bringing the new total in EMEA to 26.
Pictured is new plant manager Jason Bridger with Carey Causey, President of Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA.
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