First beverage can plant for Cambodia

February 23: Cambodia’s first beverage-can plant is expected to start production in mid-2007.

Located in the suburbs of the capital city Phnom Penh, the plant will be built by Crown with capacity to make 500 million 33cl aluminum beverage cans a year for nearby drinks manufacturers. The project follows Crown’s expansion in Vietnam where a slim can line is being added to one of the two plants there.

The development will bring Crown’s beverage-can plant total in Asia to ten – four in China and six in South East Asia with two in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi) and one plant each in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia.

“We are excited to be moving forward with a new beverage-can plant to serve the Cambodian market,” said William Voss, president of Crown’s Asia Pacific Division.

“Our beverage cans have been imported into Cambodia at an accelerating rate over the last few years and the market there for soft drinks and beer continues to grow rapidly. We have been producing beverage cans in South East Asia for over 30 years and this is a natural extension of our commitment to support the growing needs of our global and regional customers and to help them continue to build their brands.”

Cambodia and neighbouring Laos have a growing population of 20m, 60 percent of whom are aged less than 30.