Iconic Coca-Cola bottling plant to close after almost 60 years in operation

The Coca-Cola plant near Malaga Airport.
The Coca-Cola plant near Malaga Airport. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • The factory's activities will be moved to a larger, more modern plant in Seville province which can produce the full portfolio of products

Coca-Cola European Partners announced on Thursday that it would be closing its iconic bottling plant, close to Malaga Airport, which on 7 November would have been celebrating its 60th anniversary.

The activity that this factory has been carrying out until now, focused primarily on glass bottles and 'bag in box' production for the catering industry, will be moved to the company's larger, more modern factory in La Rinconada (province of Seville), which the company announced a few months ago will be further expanded thanks to investment worth more than 44 million euros.

Part of the 77-person workforce in the Malaga plant will relocate to La Rinconada but a number of early retirements are also likely to be finalised.

New strategy

The company says that the decision to close its historic bottling plant, beside the Cercanías train line which runs between the airport and Plaza Mayor, is due to its new strategy of concentrating production in larger factories that are capable of producing its entire product portfolio.