PHNOM PENH – Cambodia Beverage Company Ltd., the bottling unit of The Coca-Cola Company Bottling Investments Group (BIG), today inaugurated a new, state-of-the-art bottling facility as part of its previously announced $100 million investment in Cambodia from 2015 to 2018.
The Phnom Penh plant is expected to generate approximately 300 jobs and help create an additional 1,800 indirect jobs across the Coca-Cola value chain, from transportation and manufacturing to packaging supply.
“This new factory reaffirms our strong belief in this country, and helps us to capture the growth opportunities in this young, increasingly competitive and dynamic marketplace,” Irial Finan, BIG president, told guests at the inauguration ceremony. “We look forward to creating a stronger future for our communities and businesses in this country.”
The plant will begin operating with two production lines with an option of 6 additional lines, as demand warrants. The facility, one of a few Coca-Cola plants in Cambodia with Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) international certification, includes features such as rainwater harvesting, lighting automation, ionized air rinsing and low-energy conveyor motors.
The Honorable Bill Heidt, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia, was a special guest at the event. He said the new facility demonstrated the Coca Cola system’s values.
“Coke is well known for its very progressive corporate social responsibility practices, especially its global commitment to empowering women,” said Heidt. “When I visited Coca-Cola’s previous plant in Phnom Penh, I was inspired to find dozens of female employees in non-traditional roles, including six female truck drivers and a group of what I think are Cambodia’s first female fork lift operators.”