Asia Pacific Breweries has completed the expansion of its Hatay brewery in Vietnam.

The company, a joint venture between Fraser & Neave and Heineken, said today (26 March) that Hatay Brewery Limited, its second brewery in the country, has had its annual production capacity increased from 300,000 hectolitres to 460,000 hectolitres. The increase at the facility near Hanoi, which brews Tiger Beer, Heineken, Anchor and Bivina, has come at a cost of US$1m to APB.

"Vietnam is a key contributor to our financial performance in the Indochina region, which is APB's largest profit generator," said APB's CEO, Koh Poh Tiong. "The expansion of HBL's capacity is in line with our strategy to grow bigger and stronger in that market."

Chris Kidd, APB's regional director for Indochina, added: "The expansion is timely as volumes have increased from year to year, being bolstered by a robust economy and the rising affluence of the Vietnamese. Tiger and Heineken have been growing as we continue to reinforce their respective brand offerings to consumers."

The company's total capacity in Vietnam now stands at more than 4m hectolitres. APB's operations in Indochina comprise five breweries in Vietnam, one in Cambodia and one in Laos, which was officially opened earlier this month.