Carlsberg is investing a further GBP13m (US$23.6m) in a new high speed canning line at the Joshua Tetley brewery in Leeds. The brewer said on Tuesday (27 June) that the line is a result of the continued can volume growth in the off-trade sector and will complement the 60,000 bottles per hour bottling line which is currently being installed on-site. The can line will have the capacity to produce 90,000 cans per hour and production off the line is due in early 2006.

With the bottling line due to complete in August and the canning line running from early next year, Carlsberg said it will be able to manage the extra capacity required for the 2006 World Cup. In addition, the lines will create 24 new jobs at the brewery.

In a statement, Gert Petersen, director of production, Carlsberg UK said: 'This is a significant investment in the UK and provides a strong message that our brands are in demand and we are meeting the necessary requirements to increase our capacity. With more people enjoying our products at home, we need to create capacity for small pack products."

Ian Smith, head brewer, Joshua Tetley brewery, Carlsberg UK added: 'We are delighted that our brewery in Leeds has been selected for this significant investment. The new canning and bottling lines will be a major focus for us over the coming months and will generate further investment in the community with the recruitment of new employees to manage and run the lines."

Carlsberg UK Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carlsberg Breweries A/S. It operates two breweries, one in Leeds and the other in Northampton.