CCEP to install new canning line at Wakefield site
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) announced a £31million investment at its Wakefield manufacturing site.
The investment will develop a new state-of-the-art canning line, which is set to launch in 2024.
It will be capable of producing 2,000 cans per minute while minimising energy, water, and CO2 usage.
A spokesman said: “The new line will provide additional production capabilities for CCEP’s light-weight 330ml cans, and advanced technologies will be incorporated into the line to help minimise energy, water and CO2 consumption.
“Energy and water savings come from innovations such as air rinsing capabilities, dry lubrication on conveyors and an auto-sleep function on motors.
“In addition to the 500-strong workforce at the site, the new line will create 28 roles and additional training to upskill the workforce.”
Andrea Jenkyns, MP for Morley and Outwood, said: “I am delighted to see Coca-Cola’s substantial investment of £31 million in the Wakefield plant.
“This demonstrates their unwavering confidence in the local economy and reaffirms their commitment to growth and job creation.
“With new jobs on the horizon, this investment not only strengthens the plant’s position as the largest in Europe but also bolsters the region’s economic vitality.
“We applaud Coca-Cola for their vision and dedication to our community’s prosperity.”