Birth of the Coca-Cola can Made in Sicily

opens in Catania the new line of production


  • Location: Catania
  • Category: News
  • Date: 28/01/2013

Sixty thousand cans an hour, eight million cases of 24 cans each year, more than 12 million euros investment. Sibeg looks ahead, despite the difficult economic situation, betting on the new production line of Coca-Cola cans and promising numbers of success. After Corfinio, Marcianise, Nogara, arrives in Sicily, the fourth plant in Italy, the only one that nationally and produces mini size can (15 ml). Sibeg, bottler and distributor of "The Coca-Cola Company" products on the island, will be able to satisfy independently the demand of "Red" in the regional market. Cut the ribbon, with the blessing of Catania Metropolitan Archbishop, Msgr. Salvatore Gristina, Maria Cristina Elmi Busi Ferruzzi and Luca Busi, respectively President and CEO of Sibeg, in the presence of senior management and employees.


Enthusiastic Cristina Busi, Sibeg President: "Today we celebrate together the result of a brilliant team. So I want to thank all the people who accompanied us on this path: suppliers Sidel and Acmi for product quality and punctuality, the financial institutions that have supported us, technicians and all the staff who worked day and night with dedication, making possible the birth in a very short time of this innovative production line, which is important for the growth of our company. "
"It's an investment in which we believed, although the scenario is not the best," says Luca Busi, that in his DNA as an entrepreneur has courage and love for innovation, a prerogative of the family. "The new line of cans ensures optimum efficiency and a high flexibility with regard to changes of format. We can achieve in-house from 150 ml mini can size to half a liter for the discount channel. In this way we achieved a range of production equal to 95% of our total volumes. 
With the new plant and the new organization we are able to maintain current employment levels present. It is a challenge that we are confident of being able to win with the effort and the spirit of sacrifice that have always distinguished the staff of our company. "
"We are pleased of this important innovation," added Vittorio Cino, Director of Institutional Relations and Communication at Coca-Cola Italia. "This new line of cans once again confirms the importance of the presence of Sibeg in Sicily and in the Coca-Cola system."
With the opening of this production line Sibeg has completed one of the primary targets of the ambitious development "Tetris" plan,  that began in 2010, with a budget of 28 million euro.
  " Tetris plan has been  designed in order to enhance the production capacity and complete the range of products carried inside Catania plant - said Natale Lia, Sibeg General Director - Today for us is not a point of arrival, but espousing  the family Busi philosophy, every goal is always and only a new starting point. "
“A dream that comes true - according to Sergio Sapienza, Sibeg Operation Director - Since my first day in the company in 2000, we have worked with the Property  toward this goal. Where until 2011 there was a parking and loading square for trucks, today there is a technological innovative line of Coca-Cola, Fanta and Sprite cans, with high quality standards. "
A highly sophisticated production process accompanies the can since his arrival at the plant to packaging. Electronic inspectors carry out scrupulous controls on cans, discarding from the circuit any product that shows defects or irregularities, imperceptible to the naked eye. Controls which follow in each stage of production, from the purity of water, to the intensity of the mixture, and the hygiene of the container.Furthermore  checks are carried out on samples in laboratory. The entire production process meets strict rules of production dictated by "The Coca-Cola Company" and is characterized by the extreme attention to the environment. The Coca-Cola plant in Catania, thanks to modern machinery,  is packed with above average temperatures thus reducing energy consumption. Again, waste aluminum are differentiated and sent for recycling. With regard to the wastewater treatment, the company is equipped, with an investment of over one and a half million euro, of a new wastewater treatment plant that uses the most advanced technology available today. The water is so purified that exceeds the parameters required by the binding regulations. In witness whereof, Sibeg implemented the project "Fish life": a tank fed by waters coming from the exhaust of water treatment and where there are fish alive.
In the Sicilian factory are packed Sleek can  33 cl, 15 cl Slim, Standard 33 and 50 cl in different brands of  The Coca-Cola Company: Coca-Cola standard, Zero, Light and caffeine free; Fanta Orange and Lemon, Sprite, Kinley Tonic Water and Kinley Bitter Lemon.

Birth of the Coca-Cola can Made in Sicily