SPAIN – Ball Corporation, one of the world’s leading suppliers of metal packaging, has made a US$115 million investment, as the company expands its presence in Spain, where it already has another production facility located in La Selva del Camp.

The plant’s capacity is contracted to existing Ball customers, with two production lines and an annual capacity 1.6 billion units, the plant will produce aluminium specialty cans.

Cabanillas is a state-of-the-art, sustainable beverage can manufacturing facility, which uses 15% less energy and 22% less water compared to an average plant.

It produces STARcan, Ball’s most metal-efficient can, a next-generation can which leverages the company’s technology and weight-optimisation know-how.

“We aim to build strong, durable relationships with our customers. Our investment in this state-of-the-art facility in Cabanillas demonstrates our goal to support customers in Spain and in Southern Europe with their growth ambitions,” said Daniel W. Fisher, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Global Beverage Packaging.

“In addition, the plant illustrates our commitment to sustainable operations, and our vision of making the can the most sustainable package.

Ball is proud to have built this plant in Spain, and we welcome Cabanillas to our worldwide network.”

Located 50 kilometers northeast of Madrid, the Cabanillas plant demonstrates Ball’s commitment to supporting its customers in Spain and Southern Europe.

With a consumption of 7,500 million cans a year, Spain is the second largest beverage can market in Europe.

“Throughout the construction process and the training of the plant’s new employees, the Spanish team has drawn on the experience of their Ball colleagues at other plants and offices across Europe,” said Colin Gillis, president, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe.

“This close cooperation has resulted in the construction of a world-class beverage can manufacturing facility that will deliver quality, speed and increased environmental efficiency, while maintaining focus on the safety of operations at all times.”