ROMANIA: SABMiller to up Ursus production

By | 16 February 2006

Ursus Breweries is looking to invest heavily in its Buzau brewery. The SABMiller subsidiary said yesterday (15 February) that it will spend over US$30m on expanding and modernising the facility, and hopes to increase weekly production capacity by 75%.

The investment project consists of the installation of a new brew house and the expansion of beer filtration and storage capacities in Buzau, the brewer said. The current bottling line will be replaced with a new line, with a capacity rate of 45,000 bottles/h.
 
"Besides the expansion of the production capacity, this important investment project will facilitate future expansions and competitive costs, which will lead to the alignment of the operations of Ursus Breweries in Buzau to SABMiller's standards," said Cristian Matei, the manager of the Buzau brewery.

The brewery in Buzau was SABMiller's first acquisition in Romania in 1996 and has an annual capacity of 800,000 hl and approximately 300 employees. Up until now, total investments made by Ursus Breweries in the Buzau brewery have been more than $13m.

"This is the largest investment made by Ursus Breweries since it entered the Romanian market and re-confirms our commitment to the development of Romanian beer brands with heritage," added Dieter Schulze, president of Ursus. "It also benefits our consumers, by having their brands of choice brewed by world class employees in state-of-the-art breweries."
 
Ursus is the second largest brewer in Romania, with an estimated annual market share of 22%.

Sectors: Beer & cider

Companies: SABMiller

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