ECUADOR: Arca Continental ups Ecuador capacity with plant upgrade
Arca Continental has invested US$70m in Ecuador over the past few years
Arca Continental, Latin America's second-largest Coca-Cola bottler, has launched a US$20m bottling line in Ecuador to boost company production by 35%.
The Guayaquil plant will produce an extra 40m unit cases a year, Arca said yesterday (October 3). The line investment includes operational improvements and will make the facility 16% more energy-efficient, the company said.
"This investment is part of our global plan to strengthen operations not only in Ecuador, but also in Argentina, always seeking to make our processes more efficient, while simultaneously supporting our sustainability strategy,” Arca Continental South America CEO Alejandro Gonzalez said.
The new production line, which features new PET bottle blowing, labeling and speed-filling machinery, has a capacity of 48,000 bottles an hour, Arca said.
Arca has invested about US$70m in Ecuador over the past few years, it said.
Arca was formed in June last year from a merger between Embotelladoras Arca and its Mexican rival, Grupo Continental.
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