The Real Thing
Coca-Cola opens $30m production line in West Java
By Sarah Yuniarni
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Coca-Cola Bottling Indonesia, a local unit of one of the largest producers of bottled ready-to-drink beverages, Coca-Cola Amatil, has opened a new $30 million worth production line in Bekasi, West Java.
The company will produce lighter and more durable glass-coated plastic bottles. The new production line is part of Sydney-based Coca-Cola Amatil's $500 million 2015-19 investment in Indonesia.
Cola Bottling Indonesia and its sister company Coca Cola Distribution Indonesia operate as Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, or CCAI.
"Our investments, including the ASSP line we are opening, are concrete symbols of our continuous commitment to grow and innovate in Indonesia," CCAI president director Kadir Gunduz said in a statement on Wednesday (05/04).
The newly opened production line can make 27,000 bottles in an hour for 250 ml Coca-Cola drinks. This makes the Bekasi plant able to produce 188,000 bottles an hour on its five production lines.
CCAI's products include carbonated soft drinks, spring water, sports and energy drinks, fruit juices, iced tea, flavored milk, coffee and tea.
The company currently has eight plants and two packaging facilities. It runs more than 200 sales and distribution centers and employs more than 11,000 people, distributing drinks to more than 700,000 outlets across the archipelago.
"Indonesia is a market with high growth opportunities and we will continue to work with our people, our communities, our customers, the government, suppliers and our partners to deliver on our growth ambitions," added Gunduz.
The inauguration ceremony was held on Tuesday (04/04) and saw in attendance by Coca-Cola Amatil Group managing director Alison Watkins and head of industry and trade of West Java's provincial government Hening Widiatmoko.
This article first appeared on the Jakarta Globe website on April 6, 2017.