In a statement, the drinks giant noted that the announcement follows several years of significant investment to fund an ambitious transformation programme at the Mayo facility.
This has included primarily investments in the facility’s IT infrastructure and in advanced technologies.
A significant part of this investment included a training and learning programme at the site, enabling employees’ use of digital technologies and capabilities development, to support future growth opportunities, it added.
The digital transformation and sustainability journey of the site has led to a '6.8% increase in production at the Ballina plant in three years and an energy reduction of 29%, bringing emissions back to 2011 levels'.
According to the company, there have also been significant reductions achieved on costs as well as increases in productivity.
The team at Ballina are now sharing its expertise and learnings with colleagues at Coca-Cola sites all around the globe.
Commenting Iain McLaughlin, vice-president commercial product supply, Coca-Cola, said, “The announcement that our state-of-the-art facility at Coca-Cola Ballina has been designated by the World Economic Forum as an Advanced Fourth Industrial Revolution Lighthouse is a strong recognition of our investment in the facility, the positive impact our team is making to refresh the world and protect the planet.
"It underscores the importance of the Ballina facility in leading our production globally and marks the next stage in our exciting journey here in Ireland.”
About Coca-Cola Ballina
Coca-Cola Ballina was established 22 years ago.
Coca-Cola Ballina has been a leading employer in the West of Ireland since it was established and has a long track record of investment and innovation at the facility.
Welcoming the news, Eraldo Sales, general manager, Coca-Cola Ballina, added,“We’re delighted to be named the first Coca-Cola facility worldwide to be accredited as a ‘Lighthouse Site’ by the World Economic Forum.
"With the investments that we have made combined with the pioneering efforts of the team in adopting new technologies, our manufacturing facility in Ballina is at the forefront of transformation, innovation and sustainability."
As the company’s largest concentrate facility, the team at Coca-Cola Ballina manufacture concentrates and beverage bases for Coca-Cola bottling companies across the globe.
Coca-Cola noted that the concentrates made at the facility are used in the preparation of some of the worlds’ most well-known brands and are sold to bottlers on four continents who prepare and package the final products for customers all over the world.