SABMiller is set to invest EUR50m (US$69m) in expanding production at one of its breweries in Romania.

The company's Ursus Breweries subsidiary in the country confirmed yesterday (10 September) that it will plough the funds into upping capacity and modernising its facility in Timisoara in the west of the country. The investment should see weekly capacity increase by around 200% on current levels, the company said.

As well as a new brew house and fermentation, filtration and storage tanks, Ursus will build a new storage warehouse. At the same time, Ursus will upgrade the brewery's infrastructure to include a waste water treatment plant.

"One of the major benefits of the modernisation of our Timisoara brewery will be in the reduction of resources, in line with the sustainable development strategy of Ursus Breweries," said Dragos Hopulele, the Timisoara brewery director.

Dieter Schulze, president and CEO of Ursus, added: "Even though Ursus Breweries completed a EUR50m investment in the expansion of Buzau brewery in 2006, we decided to continue investing in our capacity to ensure that we have the required capacity to meet the market demand.

"These investments will support our brands to reach their maximum potential and be the first choice of the Romanian consumers for all consumption occasions."

The Timisoara brewery currently has weekly production capacity in the region of 21,000 hectolitres.