Azerbaijan's beer producer completes implementation of investment programs
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 14 / Trend N.Ismayilova /
The Baltika-Baku brewery will complete the implementation of the next stage of the investment program worth 5 million manat in early summer, Company 'Director General Adam Tlekhuray said.
The total cost of the entire investment program is about $20 million.
"The program is designed to increase the capacity of the plant's engineering units and chillers," he said. "Reconstruction of the engineering units is held to address the deficiencies in the air, steam and carbon dioxide when increasing production volumes."
The plant has completely modernized system of water purification under the program.
"The bulk of the program is completed and some work is close to competition. We plan to complete these works, by early summer, as production volumes increase in the summer season," Tlekhuray said.
At present, the share of Baltika's brands in Azerbaijan, including local and licensed brands, amounts to 73 percent of the beer market in the country.
To date, the plant's maximum capacity is 100 million liters per year. In 2009, the plant had produced 30 million liters of beer.
In 2009, Baltika had a major reconstruction in the Azerbaijani production platform. Total investments at the end of the investment program were approximately $ 20 million.
A cooking procedure, six Forfas, 12 cylinder-conical tanks (CCT), four bottling lines (in PET packaging, jar, glass bottle and kegs) provides the plant's production capacity at 10 million decalitres in the year. All equipment that newly installed at the Baltika-Baku enterprise were produced in the world's leading companies, such as Krones AG, Gea Brewery Systems Gmbh, Filtrox AG, Ring Crown, Pall Gmbh, etc.
Now Baltika-Baku produces such brands, as Xirdalan, Afsana, Bizim, 33 Export. Production of brands of Baltika brand line has been launched, starting with Baltika №3, Baltika №5, Baltika №7, Baltika Kuler, as well as Arsenalnoye brand.
The brewery in Khirdalan has almost 40-year history and has replaced several names within these years. Since January, 2009, Khirdalan brewery has continues its activity as Baku-Baltika. Baltika company finished purchasing the brewery in Azerbaijan in August, 2008. As a result, Baltika became full owner of to 90 % in Baku-Kastel brewery. Baltika-Baku is the first case of opening of the plant by Baltika outside of Russia.
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