Crown Holdings has officially opened a new beverage can plant in Slovakia.

The US-based supplier of packaging products said yesterday (27 April) that the facility, located in Kechnec in the east of the country, hosted an opening ceremony on Friday.

Among the participants were Terry Cartwright, senior vice president of Crown Bevcan Europe and Middle East, Pavol Paška, speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic and Lubomír Jahnátek, the country's Minister of Economy.

"The new facility in Kechnec was completed ahead of schedule, with the first cans produced only nine months after the start of construction," said Cartwright.

The new plant supplies 33cl and 50cl aluminium cans and provides an initial capacity of 750m beverage cans per year.

Crown now operates 14 beverage can plants in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.