Coca-Cola HBC Romania has announced it will close its bottling factory in the central Romanian city of Brasov.

The operation will be relocated to its factories in Bucharest and Ploiesti. Coca-Cola HBC Romania operates five factories throughout the country in Bucharest, Ploiesti, Timisoara, Oradea and Iasi and payrolls some 2,500 employees.

The company's PR director Mugurel Radulescu said that in 2002 the focus would be on investments in technical equipment and establishing further partnership with Romanian companies.

Coca-Cola HBC Romania posted profits of €6.6m (US$5.9m) on turnover of €65.5m in 2000.