COLOMBIA – Canpack, a leading global manufacturer of aluminum beverage cans, has inaugurated its brand-new US$150 million can production facility located in Tocancipa, Colombia.

The new site covers approximately 75,000 square meters and has an annual capacity of 1.3 billion cans, which the company said is expandable to 1.9 billion cans.

The facility will be producing aluminum beverage cans for the local market in both standard sizes 330ml or 355ml as well as unique formats such as 269ml and 473ml cans.

While Colombia will be the major market, cans produced in the Tocancipa facility will also be exported to neighbouring countries. The new site employees more than 200 people directly.

Peter F. Giorgi, President and CEO of Giorgi Global Holdings, Inc., owner of the Canpack Group said: Following the increased demand for sustainable and innovative aluminum packaging, the Canpack Group has decided to accelerate its expansion into the South American market.

“We are looking forward to expanding our business operations in Colombia as we see great potential for growth within the Colombian market.”

Giorgi noted that the investment was founded upon“a strong and trust-based relationship” with AB InBev adding that Bavaria is also a key Canpack customer in the Colombian market.

Marcel Regis, President at Bavaria said, “Our great task to transform Colombia into a country even more committed to sustainable development requires the support of strategic partners to help us to accomplish this purpose.

“For this reason, we have selected Canpack as one of our partners to leverage their experience and alignment with our sustainable development objectives.

“The goal we have set for 2025 is to ensure that 100% of our packaging are recyclable or made from recycled materials. We are sure that the close cooperation with Canpack will help us to achieve this ambitious goal.”

Roberto Villaquiran, Canpack Group CEO added, Today, aluminum packaging is the preferred way to package goods.

“This is not only due to its sustainability and contribution to the global circular economy, but also due to the possibilities it offers in terms of branding and protection of the product.

With this investment, we hope to create “can do” moments for consumers, whilst contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable environment.”