Plans have been approved by the Vietnamese government for Crown Beverage Cans Saigon to install a second aluminium beverage can line at its Ho Chi Minh City plant.

The company will increase annual production capacity at the Vietnam facility by 460m cans, with commercial production scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of next year. The additional production brings the total annual capacity of the plant to over 1bn cans.

Crown's Asia-Pacific president William Voss said: "Demand for aluminium beverage cans in Vietnam continues to grow, this expansion further demonstrates our commitment to support the growing needs of our global and local customers and to help them continue to build their brands in the region."

Parent group Crown Holdings has four can plants in China, five throughout South East Asia and two in Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City. The company also has one plant in each of Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.