February 4: Security issues in Iraq are forcing project management firms to think twice before considering the construction of the war-torn country’s first beverage can plant.
Jordanian drinks and confectionary group Neba wants to meet increasing demand for beverage cans from local drinks fillers in Iraq with a plant in Karbala, 100km south of Bagdad.
The company is currently looking for canmaking machinery for delivery in the second half this year.
In addition to a number of local drinks fillers, Pepsi built a canning line in 2004 and Coca-Cola set up there in 2005, after an absence of 37 years.

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