Canpack opens new site in Colombia
Canpack, a manufacturer of aluminum beverage cans, has opened its brand-new facility located in Tocancipa, Colombia following an investment of around $150m.
“Following the increased demand for sustainable and innovative aluminum packaging, the Canpack Group has decided to accelerate its expansion into the South American market. This investment has been founded upon a strong and trust-based relationship we have established with AB InBev. We are looking forward to expanding our business operations in Colombia as we see great potential for growth within the Colombian market,” said Peter F. Giorgi, president and CEO of Giorgi Global Holdings, owner of the Canpack Group.
“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 co-operation with Canpack will help us to achieve this ambitious goal,” said Marcel Regis, President at Bavaria.
With a built area of approximately 75,000m² and more than 200 direct employees Canpack is the first producer in Colombia with the ability to deliver not only standard can sizes for the local market: 330ml or 355ml, but also unique can formats such as 269ml and 473ml. The new facility is designed to deliver an annual production capacity of more than 1.3 billion cans, expandable to 1.9 billion depending on business needs. While Colombia will be the major market, cans produced in the Tocancipa facility will also be exported to neighboring countries.
“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,” said Roberto Villaquiran, Canpack Group CEO.
“Thanks to the company’s expertise and the team effort of more than 2,000 people involved in this 18-month long investment project we believe that our plant will serve as a worldwide standard for safety and quality, a world class manufacturing system, as well as the excellence of our employees, who have been trained in more than six countries across three continents,” said Camilo Pérez Bustos, general director at Canpack Colombia. “With the arrival of this state-of-the-art plant we are changing the history of packaging in the country.”