Oishi Group has signed a contract with Shibuya Kogyo Co, a leading Japanese bottling system manufacturer, for the purchase and installation of an aseptic cold filling system for PET bottles.
The investment of 1.3 billion baht will expand production capacity at the Oishi plant in Pathum Thani's Nava Nakorn Industrial Estate by 25% to 75 million bottles a month from 60 million now.
The expansion will serve both domestic and export markets to capture opportunities presented by the Asean Economic Community, said Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi, the chief executive and president of Thai Beverage Plc and chairman of Oishi Trading Co.
The Board of Investment-approved system is being installed and will start its commercial run in December 2014.
The expansion will enable Oishi to maintain market dominance in Thailand while allowing it to increase its footprint in Asean markets.
The system allows the use of thinner containers, bringing savings on material costs and lowering the environmental impact.
It also reduces the need for preservatives, provides longer shelf life with less flavour loss and means more freedom in bottle design thanks to ambient filling.