Ball Corporation has started construction of their largest drinks packaging factor in UK. The location of the new factory is SEGRO Park, Kettering Gateway. Moreover, the new facility is likely to create 200 new jobs.
Increasing demand from recyclable cans
There is an accelerating demand for indefinitely recyclable aluminuium drinks cans in UK and across the globe. Therefore, Ball is investing in the new factory to cater the increasing demand. The can making factory will comprise of 56,000 square meters. In addition, there is extra space and provision to expand production later. The company is planning to produce more than one bullion fully recycled cans during its first year of production.
The recycling company is planning to create employment opportunities as well. The multinational can maker is working with Job Center Plus to level up the employment opportunities. Job Center Plus is a key public services entity. A pre-employment program will develop talent from all local communities for exciting roles at the new plant during 2022 and beyond. The manufacturing industry is a key source of employment for Kettering and the surrounding areas over the years. Therefore, the Ball facility will join the local industrial community. The local manufacturing community include some prestigious names like Mercedes-AMG, Siemens and Weetabix.
Environment friendly features at new plant
Climate and environment is a factor driving the strategies of many companies. Ball Corporation has laid great emphasis on protecting environment and have developed environment friendly strategies. Hence, they have developed a climate change plan which is approved by Science Based Target Initiative. They are constructing the Kettering plant according to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Sustainability and Environmental Standards. Moreover, the plant have features like rainwater harvesting system and innovative technology to mitigate machinery exhaust emissions. These innovative technologies will make the Kettering plant the most advanced facility of its type. Moreover, it will consume 20% less energy and 70% less water compared to other conventional plants.
“As environmental awareness increases, consumers are insisting on more sustainable drinks packaging. This new facility, in one of the UK’s best-known manufacturing locations, will help us to support our customers’ growth, creating fully recyclable cans which can play a role in a truly circular economy and support the local community.” Carey Causey, President, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (EMEA) expressed his views in a statement.
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