Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) has completed the expansion of its brewery in South Vietnam, increasing capacity from 1.5m hl to 2.3m hl.

The move will allow Vietnam Brewery Limited (VBL), in which APB has a 60% stake, to increase production of leading premium beers Tiger and Heineken. VBL had previously been running at full capacity.

"With the additional capacity now in place at VBL, it will make it technically feasible for us to continue to build on the success of these brands by driving higher volumes," said Koh Poh Tiong, CEO of APB.

The company invested EUR31m (US39.5m) in new equipment at the brewery, which was established in 1993 and extended in 2001. It now has a second bottling line capable of running 50,000 bottles an hour.

Vietnam's beer market registered growth of 17% in 2005, its third successive year of double-digit growth.