Coca-Cola through Nairobi Bottlers has invested Sh1.2 billion in a new manufacturing plant that produces materials for production of plastic bottles.
The facility will enable the company to produce preforms used in the manufacture of plastic bottles for packaging of Coca-Cola range of soft drinks and Dasani water. Previously, the company has been sourcing these raw materials from independent suppliers in the country.
Nairobi Bottlers managing director Patrick Pech said the setting up of the facility was informed by growing demand for plastic bottled products which meant spending huge sums of money sourcing for preforms to make the plastic bottles.
The new facility is expected to help the company save millions of shillings it has been spending on buying preforms from independent suppliers. Pech said the funds saved will be redirected towards other business expansion programmes.
The two preform manufacturing machines installed at the plant have the capacity to produce over 0.9 million pieces of preforms per day, which will be able to meet the demand both locally and for the export market
The company is looking to export the preforms initially to the East African Community markets starting with Uganda and Tanzania and later Ethiopia and Mozambique.
According to the company, there is growing demand for plastic compared to glass which currently controls 70 per cent of the packaging. Last year, the company invested Sh1.26 billion in a plastics manufacturing line in Embakasi Nairobi.