KUNMING, CHINA – The Coca-Cola Company and Swire Group recently celebrated the opening of a new world-class production plant in Yunnan, the largest of its kind south of the Yangtze River in China. The facility received a gold certification of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
James Quincey, president and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, and Merlin Swire, CEO of John Swire & Sons Limited, joined representatives from local government at the plant inauguration ceremony on June 15. Quincey said the investment marks another example of the Coca-Cola system’s commitment to investing and growing in China.
“Swire has significantly increased investment in our global Coca-Cola bottling business in recent years, and this new bottling plant is a good example of that,” Swire said. “The increased capacity will help us satisfy millions of consumers and continue to drive sustainable growth throughout Yunnan.”
Additionally, a 600-cubic-meter rainwater collection facility for irrigation and street cleaning helps conserve water. The water treatment system can handle more than 3.1 million liters each day to meet national discharge standards. Some treated water is reused for irrigation and restrooms in the plant.