Japanese soft drinks bottler Coca-Cola West Holdings has announced that it is merging its two wholly-owned production subsidiaries, Coca-Cola West Japan Products Co. and Kinki Coca-Cola Products Co.

Following the integration, set to take place at the beginning of next year, Coca-Cola West Japan Products will be renamed Coca-Cola West Products Co. and will have a registered capital of JPY100m (US$903,000). The company said it expects the move to result in cost savings of JPY100m in 2009.

The two subsidiaries recorded combined revenues of almost JPY12bn (US$108.5m) in 2006.

Coca-Cola West Holdings was formed in July 2006 when Coca-Cola West Japan Co. merged with Kinki Coca-Cola Bottling Co.  In January 2007, the company merged three distribution subsidiaries.