Kirin Brewery is to buy out its brewing partner in China and invest over JPY10bn (US$84.1m) to boost its presence in the world's largest beer market.

Kirin, Japan's second-largest brewer, is to take full control of Zhuhai Kirin Brewery after buying the remaining 40% stake for around JPY4.8bn.

Kirin also said it planned to invest a further JPY6.6bn in the construction of a new plant outside the city of Zhuhai, in China's southern Guangdong province. The expansion plans will double its brewing capacity in China, Kirin added.

The brewer said it would concentrate on three key areas in China - the north-east, the central coastal area, and southern China, where the new plant will be located.

"Kirin views these initiatives as essential to ensuring success in the competitive Chinese market, and intends to continue pursuing business expansion in the Pearl River Delta region," the company added.