Its Wiri site currently produces around 300 million aluminium cans a year, accounting for around 70% of New Zealand’s beverage can production, and employs 77 co-workers.

Production capacity is expected to double when the new line becomes fully operational, which may lead to more local employment opportunities over time.

The installation of the line gives New Zealand beverage producers access to beverage can technologies not previously available in the country. These include an eight colour print process, increased embossing capabilities and the addition of the 500ml can size to the range.