Ball opens its new plant in Guadalajara

The US company has invested more than €100 million and will create 120 jobs

Just over a year after starting construction, Ball Corporation, the manufacturer of metal beverage containers, has opened the new plant in Cabanillas del Campo, province of Guadalajara, where it expects to manufacture 1.6 billion aluminum cans per year, as the institution Invest In Castilla-La Mancha explained in a press release.

The US company has invested more than €100 euros in the facility, making the factory one of the most advanced from the technological point of view. It is the company's most modern and sustainable plant, with a reduced water consumption, 15% lower energy use 15% than a conventional plant, low emissions, and a target of achieving a level of zero landfill waste.

Productive capacity and efficiency
Over 120 employees will work on the two aluminum can production lines, one for 330 ml containers, which will be the company's lightest in Europe, and the other for 500 m. The target is to make 1.6 billion units per year. Productive capacity and cost efficiency have been two of the objectives in building this 17,000 square meter plant,

the second that Ball Corporation now has in Spain. The other is located in La Selva del Camp, Tarragona. Spain is a key market for the company, because 7.5 billion cans are produced here every year, making it the second biggest market for drink cans in Europe.

Sustainable commitment
Daniel W. Fisher, Senior Vice President of Ball Corporation, said: "Our investment in this state-of-the-art facility in Cabanillas demonstrates our goal to support customers in Spain and southern Europe with their growth ambitions. 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."

Collin Gillis, president, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, added: "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. This close co-operation 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.”