May 6: Crown Holdings officially opened its beverage canmaking plant at Kechnec in Slovakia, its first in Eastern Europe, last week.

The plant has capacity to make 750 million aluminium cans in 33cl and 50cl sizes for customers Slovakia and bordering countries, including Hungary, southern Poland, the Czech Republic and Romania. Already there are plans to add a second line.

Amongst those present at the opening ceremony were Terry Cartwright, senior vice president, Crown Bevcan Europe and Middle East; Ken Jeffs, Crown Bevcan Slovakia’s plant manager; Pavol Paška, speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic; Ľubomír Jahnátek, Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic; Jozef Konkoly, the Kechnec municipality Mayor; and a number of Crown’s key customers from the region.

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