Britvic opens new canning line as part of £27m investment

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey visits the new canning line at Britvic Rugby
Rugby MP Mark Pawsey visits the new canning line at Britvic Rugby

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Britvic, the soft drinks manufacturer, has opened a new canning line at its factory in Rugby as part of a £27m investment at the site.

This brings the site’s total to four canning lines with this latest addition boosing total capacity by around 20%. The new investment has created 20 new jobs​bringing brings the total number of employees to over 340.  

The 'state-of-the-art line', which produces internationally known brands including Tango, Pepsi and 7UP, is based on the Glebe Farm Industrial Estate, which is Britvic’s largest production site.

Production rate

According to Britvic, the factory boasts some of the fastest lines in Europe, with the new canning line turning out around 120,000 cans per hour. With this new canning line the total production rate has been boosted to just under half a million cans per hour. 

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey paid a visit to the factory to officially open the new canning line. 

Pawsey said: “It was a great pleasure to be able to open Britvic’s new canning line and see for myself the additional investment by Britvic in their Rugby site. This is great news for our local economy and has created a number of new jobs, including opportunities for apprentices from the local area.

35-year history

"Britvic has a 35-year history of manufacturing in Rugby and the fourth canning line shows that the company remains committed to their site and their employees here.”

Nigel Paine, supply chain director, added: “Britvic knows that a strong supply chain is fundamental to its continued success. Having created a modern supply chain for the long-term with our Business Capability Programme, we’re now supercharging it with further investment.” ​ 

While aluminium cans are 100% recyclable many of the cans used by Britvic also benefit from a considerably reduced carbon footprint due to its arrangement with metal packaging manufacturer Ardagh Group’s neighbouring factory, who send cans to Britvic through a tunnel linking the two factories.

 

Related topics: Drinks, Packaging & Labelling

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