American drinks major Coca-Cola has commenced the construction on new $100m green manufacturing plant in Heilongjiang, China.

The establishment of the new facility is said to form a part of the company’s $4bn investment plan in China for the period between 2012-2014.

The 200,000m² plant will be equipped with nine production lines for both sparkling and still beverages, including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Minute Maid and Ice Dew.

Following the completion, the plant will have a capacity to produce 1.2 million tonnes of beverages annually.

The inital phase of the plant is expected to become operational in 2016.

Meanwhile, the existing Heilongjiang plant will be shifted to the new site together with its operation and management team.

Coca-Cola BIG China CEO Glen Walter said that the Heilongjiang plant has become an integral part of the company’s business in China and it has played an economic and social role for more than 20 years since its establishment in 1994.

"With the state-of-the-art technologies, this new plant is a testimony of the Coca-Cola green philosophy and will become a modern and environment-friendly model for Coca-Cola in Asia," added Walter.

The new Coca-Cola Heilongjiang plant adopts green building standards in various aspects such as site selection, building environment, water-saving, energy-saving, air protection, material and resource utilisation, indoor environment quality and design innovation.

Image: The Coca-Cola Company corporate headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: courtesy of Autiger.