China’s Gaosen Packaging is planning to build a new canmaking plant at Hefei city in Anhui Province, to make up to one billion aluminium D&I cans a year.

The company is investing 500 million yuan (US$74m) at the 30,000sqm site, which is located in the east of the country, around 300km west of Shanghai. When it starts up later this year, the canmaking plant will be the fifth for Gaosen Packaging, which is based in the neighbouring province of Shandong.

Canmaking equipment will be supplied by companies including Stolle, Belvac and Barry-Wehmiller (BW), the company told The Canmaker and will increase total production for the company to more than 4 billion cans a year.

Known as Anhui Gaosen Packaging Materials Co, the development will include manufacturing and warehousing, as well as office buildings and living quarters.

Gaosen is expanding production to serve brands from across the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage industry that are increasingly demanding aluminium beverage cans. US-based canmaker Ball Corporation has estimated that demand for beverage cans in China will rise to 54bn units in 2025 from 42bn in 2020.

Gaosen opened a $50m plant in Xinzheng, Henan, in 2021. That facility is using equipment also supplied by Stolle, Belvac and BW to operate two production lines and manufacture up to 1.5bn aluminium cans a year for domestic beverage brands such as Snow Beer, Tsingtao and Yanjiang, and international customers, including Budweiser and Monster.

Gaosen Packaging, which was established in 2009 as a privately owned company, has three other canmaking sites in China. One site in Pingyuan, Shandong, began production in 2010; a plant at Qiannan, Guizhou opened in 2018; and, Dezhou city, Shandong, started earlier this year.