Iraq-based Royal Can Making Company plan to set up a container glass factory with a capacity of approximately 1150 tons per day.

The plant, in the south of Baghdad, will be built over the next four years with the first furnace of 520 tons per day operational by Aug 2023.

A second furnace will be built in February 2024 which will increase the production capacity to about 700 tons per day.

The third furnace is expected for August 2024 with a capacity of 450 tpd. The first two furnaces will be for flint and pharmacy bottles, while the third furnace will be dedicated to green and amber bottles.

The food industry is gaining special importance from the Government and is expected to be one of the most important components of the national economy in the near future.

There is no established major container glass manufacturer in Iraq and there is a current requirement for a 1000 t/day in the Middle East country.

RCMC plans to supply about 90% of the local market demand for container bottles.

The project will satisfy the domestic needs of glass containers, which are currently imported from outside sources at high costs, in addition to exporting some of its products to neighbouring Arab markets, particularly Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq.

The new name of the glass production business will be Al Malakeya Glass manufacturing company.

Royal Can signed an EPCM agreement with Germany engineering group in August 2021 which will be the Engineering Procurement and Construction management contractor.