Bucharest, May 31st 2017 - Coca‑Cola HBC Romania, the largest company in the local beverages industry, inaugurates today its most recent investment, of EUR 7 million: a high-speed can line in the company’s plant in Timisoara, with a maximum production capacity of 90,000 cans/hour. With this new significant investment made locally, Coca‑Cola HBC reafirms its long term and strong commitment to the Romanian market.

The new can line of the Coca‑Cola HBC Romania Timisoara plant is the fastest one existing currently on the local market and has a high degree of last generation automation. Its daily production capacity if of 2 million cans. Also, it is the most energy efficient line within the Timisoara plant (410 kW/h) and the line with the smallest consumption of water per litter of produced beverage (1.1L). The project began in November 2016 and the testing period was finalised in late May.

„We have been present in Romania for over 25 years and our commitment here is very strong. Now, we are expanding our roots locally with this new investment of EUR 7 million, in a high-speed can bottling line. This investment is another confirmation of our deep commitment to the local economy and to the local communities. We are very happy that our Timisoara plant now has the fastest can bottling line in Romania. Also, we are proud of our contribution nto the local community. We are committed to further invest, Romania is a very important market within the Coca‑Cola HBC Group, and we are very excited about what’s ahead of us”. Jaak Mikkel, General Manager Coca‑Cola HBC Romania
„Let me say how pleased I was when I learned about Coca‑Cola HBC’s decision to expand their facility in Timis County. Coca‑Cola is an excellent example of corporate commitment in Romania, as they have been a solid presence here for the last 25 years. Coca‑Cola, one of America’s leading brands, will now be providing more jobs in Romania, and continuing their support for the communities in which they operate through their many corporate social responsibility programs.” H.E. Hans G. Klemm, U.S. Ambassador to Romania

The new can bottling line is based on a state-of-the-art innovative filling system patented by Krones – European leader in supplying technology for producing drinks and packaging – and its operation is ensured by 4 trained professionals per shift, supported by experts from the other departments in the plant. With a maximum production capacity of 90,000 units per hour, in 330 ml CAN packaging and 500 ml CAN packaging, the new can line will serve both the Romanian market, as well other European markets in future.

The Coca‑Cola HBC plant in Timisoara was inaugurated on the 12 of August. 1995. At the time, it featured 3 production lines, which have all been replaced with new and modern equipment. The products produced in the plant include Coca‑Cola, all the Fanta range, Sprite, Schweppes, Nestea and Joy. The products serve both the Romanian market but also other countries where the plant in Timisoara exports - Bulgaria, Croatia, Bosnia and Hertegovina, Macedonia, Greece and other neighbouring countries. The packages which the plant in Timisoara produces and bottles include, apart from the 330 ml and 500 ml CAN, the following: for carbonated soft drinks: 0.75 L PET (unique in Europe), 1.5 L PET, 2 L PET and 2.5 L PET, for products bottled in aseptic conditions: 500 ml PET and 1.5 L PET. In 2014, the Timisoara plant received the European Water Stewardship Gold Medal, a certification which proofs our commitment to applying a transparent, correct water stewardship policy and shows that Coca‑Cola HBC Romania’s operations and procedures are just and sustainable. All three plants of Coca‑Cola HBC have this EWS recognition, Romanian being the first country within Coca‑Cola HBC Group with all the plants (Ploiesti, Poiana Negrii and Timisoara) certified according to this standard.

 

About Coca‑Cola HBC

Coca‑Cola HBC is a leading bottler of The Coca‑Cola Company with a sales volume of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has a broad geographic footprint with operations in 28 countries serving a population of approximately 595 million people. Coca‑Cola HBC offers a diverse range of non-alcoholic ready to drink beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca‑Cola HBC is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment, conducting its business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of the local communities.

Coca‑Cola HBC is ranked beverage industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe Indices, and is also included in the FTSE4Good Index. Coca‑Cola HBC has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCH) and its shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEE). For more information, please visit http://www.coca-colahellenic.com.