Budweiser Budvar’s largest investment of the year is going to block Pražská Street
Budweiser Budvar Brewery begins on the change of its two beer filling machines tomorrow, which is going to be its largest investment of the year amounting to CZK 80 million. The new machinery is going to replace old worn-down machines purchased in 1988 and 1993.
“Our new beer filling machines represent the latest technology in the beer industry. Besides their higher output, the improvement is evident in their technological attributes concerning the advancement of the beer durability, more economical operation and better ecological parameters owing to lower carbon dioxide demand," Budweiser Budvar’s brewing master Josef Tolar. New beer filling machines are approximately 20% more effective and their capacity reaches 40,000 bottles an hour. They meet the strictest hygienic requirements and their sanitation is easier, since they use so-called biological tables. Owing to better parameters regarding the limitation of oxygen inlet, the beer will have better sensory stability when being bottled. Their economic assets are also of consideration, since they have a lower wastage during the filling and lower carbon dioxide demand. The machines are supplied by the German company KHS Dortmund.
“Our bottling lines are bordering with efficiency at present and are not coping with the increased demand from our customers. Between 2005 and 2007, the volume of sold bottled beer went up by almost 32%; further sales increase is anticipated this year as well. For that reason, we have been investing into the efficiency advancement of our bottling lines for several years,” adds Josef Tolar. Since the filling operation cannot be interrupted for a longer period (five days in this case) the changing of individual parts must take place in stages. In 2005, the change of the bottle washing machinery took place (the installation from closed Pražská Street), while in 2006 the computerization and efficiency advancement of the pasteurizers went on. The labelling and packing machinery was changed in 2007. The overall investment into the efficiency advancement of Budweiser Budvar’s bottling lines thus reached CZK 216 million between 2005 and 2008 (incl.).
Budweiser Budvar is planning further investments in the future. In January, Budweiser Budvar’s supervisory board adopted an advancement concept for 2008 - 2011, with a medium-term investment plan. The overall investment up to 2011 should reach CZK 2,000 million and should aim particularly at the progress in production, business, distribution, IT technologies and packaging, which confirms the interest of the Czech government in further integrated development of the brewery.
A COMPLETE BLOCKADE OF PRAŽSKÁ STREET
Due to the change of Budweiser Budvar’s beer filling machines, the traffic on I/3 Pražská Street in České Budějovice will be blocked completely on Sunday 26th October from 1 pm till 6 pm., precisely in the section from K. Světlé Street up to Nemanická Street. All traffic in both directions will be diverted onto the following route: Pražská Street - K. Světlé Street - Kněžskodvorská Street - A.Trägra Street – Nemanická Street and back on I/3. Budweiser Budvar N.C. would like to apologise for any inconvenience connected with the traffic restriction. Thank you for your understanding.