Ball Corporation has announced that it is planning to significantly increase its manufacturing capacity, with new cutting-edge facilities in the UK and Russia.

With an increasing consumer demand for more sustainable purchasing options and a growing number of new brands and beverage categories choosing cans, the demand for aluminium packaging is rapidly expanding. Ball has claimed that each facility would produce billions of cans a year, after 2023, and provide up to 200 skilled jobs in a fast-growing but stable sector.

In the UK, Ball has identified a site at the SEGRO Park Kettering Gateway in Northamptonshire, and has submitted its formal application to the North Northamptonshire Council. The company expect to break ground during 2021, following a period of public consultation. The planned Kettering plant will become Ball's third beverage can manufacturing facility in the UK, adding capacity to its established plants in Milton Keynes and Wakefield.

To serve the fast growing Russian market, Ball has announced plans to build a plant in Ulyanovsk in Western Russia. Ball Beverage Packaging Naro-Fominsk has signed a cooperation agreement for its construction with the Ulyanovsk Regional Government, who in June also awarded the development 'Highly Significant Investment Project' status.

The Ulynavosk plant will take the total in Russia to four, with established manufacturing facilities in Naro-Fominsk, Moscow Region; Vesvolozhsk, St. Petersburg Region; and Argayash, Chelyabinsk Region.

Carey Causey, President, Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA commented on the plans:

"With the demand for our infinitely recyclable aluminium packaging growing fast in an expanding number of categories, we are acting now to support our customers in the UK and Russia. The pandemic and changing consumption patterns mean that consumers are enjoying more of their favourite beverages at home and on-the-go and want to buy products in packages that they know will be recycled and can contribute to a truly circular economy."

Carey Causey, President, Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA

Rudi Leenards, General Director, Ball Beverage Packaging Naro-Fominsk added:

"We are firmly committed to the Russian market and are pleased to support so many of our domestic customers enjoying unprecedented demand. "

Rudi Leenards, General Director, Ball Beverage Packaging Naro-Fominsk

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