Ball to construct $200m aluminium cups facility in Europe
October 21, 2019 – US-based sustainable aluminium packaging solutions supplier Ball has announced the construction of a $200m aluminium cups manufacturing facility in Rome.
The company plans to employ 145 people for the cups manufacturing facility. KBD Group is serving as general contractor for the project.
The new facility will be built adjacent to Ball’s existing aluminium beverage can manufacturing plant in Rome and is expected to commence production in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Ball chairman, president and CEO John Hayes said: “We’re increasingly hearing from customers and consumers that they want to do the right thing for the environment, and they need more options.
“This product launch is aligned with our Drive for 10 strategy and is another step in innovating to serve unmet needs.
“Using our years of experience and specialized expertise, we are proud to provide both our customers and consumers with another environmentally friendly and fun option in our industry-leading portfolio of aluminum packages.”
The new facility will manufacture aluminium cups to serve the demand for innovative, sustainable beverage packaging in the US market.
Recently, Ball launched a pilot programme in the US to produce a limited supply of aluminium cups in a 20oz size.
When the new facility in Rome becomes fully operational, Ball intends to introduce additional cup sizes to broaden its cups portfolio and expand the adoption of the cups to drinking establishments, parks and recreation, colleges and universities, hospitality, restaurants, business and industry.
Ball supplies aluminium packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services mostly for the US government.
According to Ball, aluminium cups are sturdy, durable and cool to touch in addition to sustainability and recycling strengths. The aluminium cups can also be customised with logos and graphics.
The firm said that the aluminium cans, bottles and cups can be easily recycled as it is the most sustainable beverage packaging material.