Lille Region’s Coca-Cola plant: 25 years at the top
30 Jul 2014 | A region on the move, Health Nutrition
Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO John Brock visited the region in June to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the company’s plant near Dunkerque. We look back at the beverage giant's arrival in northern France and at more recent milestones marking the plant’s history and its impact on the local economy.
On June 16, 2014 employees at Coca-Cola’s production plant in Socx welcomed John Brock, corporate Chairman and CEO, for ceremonies marking the facility’s 25th anniversary. “We are particularly proud of the development of our manufacturing site in Dunkirk, which has become a benchmark for industrial performance over the years,” he said. “Thanks to the commitment of our teams, over the past 25 years the site has transformed to better meet the expectations of consumers and to become a more active member of the region’s manufacturing community.” The festivities also prompted a look back at Coca-Cola’s recent investments in the plant and at key milestones in the company’s growth in northern France.
No. 1 production facility in France
Built in 1989, the Socx site has the largest capacity of any Coca-Cola plant in France and is a leader in industrial performance. The company has invested more than €20 million in the period between 2009 and 2013 in the facility, constantly improving its equipment, which now counts six production lines, including one aseptic line. In all, the plant produces seven brands: Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Light, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Nestea and Powerade. Its performance was recognized in 2012 with an “OSCA,” an internal award that honored the plant as the most efficient Coca-Cola Enterprises site in Europe.
The Socx site is also Coca-Cola’s largest site in terms of staff, with 370 employees—a boon for the local economy. In a 2014 study, the Xerfi Institute found that for every job the beverage giant creates in France, 12 more indirect jobs are generated.
Setting the standard
The Coca-Cola Enterprises group has committed to reducing its carbon emissions by one-third between 2007 and 2020 and has made this ambitious target a central pillar of its strategy. The Socx site has already met its goal of recycling 100% of its waste, and was the first to earn ISO 50001 certification—a testament to the effectiveness of its systems and procedures for improving energy performance.