Coca-Cola will merge its plants in Harbin

Coca-Cola will merge its plants in Harbin

The Coca-Cola Co has started construction on a US$100m plant in China's north-east.

The facility, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, will manufacture still and sparkling brands including Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite, the company said late last week. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in summer 2016.

It is Coca-Cola's second manufacturing plant in Harbin. The first was built in 1994 but will relocate to the new site when the first phase is completed. The total investment is expected to deliver an annual capacity of 1.2m tonnes from nine production lines.

Martin Jansen, regional director for China & South-East Asia for Coca-Cola Bottling Investments Group, said: “China is an important growth market and growth engine for the Coca-Cola system, and is currently the third-largest market globally. This project reiterates our long-term commitment and confidence in the Heilongjiang province.”

In Q1 results released in April, Coca-Cola saw volumes in China increase by 12%.