Coca-Cola Enterprises has revealed it is to invest millions of pounds into its Wakefield factory - Europe’s largest soft drinks plant.
The investment is part of a £52m cash injection the global drinks company has pledged for its UK operations in 2014.
At the plant on Kenmore Road, Wakefield 41 Industrial Estate, a combined heat and power system which will save 1,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, a reduction in annual Co2 emission of 5.6 per cent.
A new production line will also be brought in to manufacture Coca Cola bottles in larger PET (polyethylene terephthalate) packaging, including 1.25-litre and 1.75-litre sizes.
The new line’s capacity will increase from 57,600 cans per hour to 120,000, and will be the only production line in the country to produce both 150ml mini-cans and 250ml slim-line cans
Managing director Simon Baldry said: “At Coca Cola Enterprises we are proud to be a truly local business with 97 per cent of our products made at our six factories across Great Britain.
“Our latest funding pledge shows once again our desire to invest significantly in the most innovative and efficient technologies available. It forms an important part of our long-term strategy to continue to grow our business sustainably and make a positive contribution to the British economy.”
Coca Cola said latest research showed that manufacturing sales of its products added £4.2bn to the UK economy annually.
The independent study also found that each job provided by Coca Cola supported the creation of a further eight jobs around the UK.