Submitted by: Coca-Cola HBC
Posted: Sep 09, 2010 – 08:47 AM EST
ATHENS, Greece, Sep. 09 /CSRwire/ - Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company operations in Ireland today officially opened a new energy efficient bottling plant, computerised warehouse, and community-focused visitors centre at Knockmore Hill, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
The €130 million facility employs 600 people and has the capacity to produce a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages for delivery throughout the entire island of Ireland. The opening ceremony was performed by First Minister, Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness.
A key component of the new bottling plant is a combined heat and power (CHP) system* which has been constructed in partnership with ContourGlobal, a leading international company specialising in the development of efficient energy installations.
Doros Constantinou, CEO of Coca-Cola Hellenic, said, "The CHP plant at Knockmore Hill extends our Group's commitment to combating climate change. It will cut CO2 emissions at the plant by up to 66% while supplying excess clean electricity to the local power grid.
"This CHP plant is the fourth to be officially opened across our 28 countries and another 11 are under development by ContourGlobal. Our aim is to cut CO2 emissions by an average of 20% across all 80 of our bottling plants."
The facility operates seven filling lines: four for PET bottles, one for glass, one for cans, and one for post-mix. There is a PET moulding unit with six blow moulders capable of handling 750,000 bottles per day.
In addition, the complex features a fully automated warehouse which not only provides efficient storage and retrieval, but also gives better protection to containers and pallets, improves handling times and ultimately is designed to deliver a perfect pallet to customers, and a high quality beverage into the hands of the end consumer.
Northern Ireland First Minister Mr. Peter Robinson said, "Coca-Cola Hellenic is making clear its long-term commitment to this region safeguarding almost 400 jobs. This site will now demonstrate internationally the strength of the local food and drink sector and our world class manufacturing capabilities."
About Coca-Cola Hellenic
Coca-Cola Hellenic is one of the world's largest bottlers of products of The Coca-Cola Company with sales of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has broad geographic reach with operations in 28 countries serving a population of approximately 560 million people. Coca-Cola Hellenic offers a diverse range of ready-to-drink non-alcoholic beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca-Cola Hellenic is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment, conducting our business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of our local communities.
Coca-Cola Hellenic's shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEEK), with a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCB). Coca-Cola Hellenic's American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CCH). Coca-Cola Hellenic is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indexes. For more information, please visit www.coca-colahellenic.com.
ContourGlobal develops and operates electric and combined heat and power businesses around the world for governments and multinational companies. The Company focuses on high-growth, under-served markets and innovative niches within developed markets such as renewable energy and Combined Heat and Power (CHP). The Company consists of eleven businesses in operation and construction on four continents with approximately 1,000 MW of generating capacity and an active pipeline of new development business totaling 10,000 MW.
Reservoir Capital Group is a privately held investment firm with approximately $4 billion under management and is ContourGlobal's controlling shareholder.
* Combined Heat and Power plants supply highly efficient, clean electricity as well as heat and cooling for the company's soft drink production facilities. CO2 capture and purification provides gas for commercial applications. Surplus energy is fed directly into the power grid, providing efficient electricity to surrounding communities.
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