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Brazilian Joint Venture to Add Second Production Line

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Brazilian Joint Venture to Add Second Production Line08:30 EST Thursday, December 13, 2012BROOMFIELD, Colo., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) announced today that its joint venture metal beverage can plant in Alagoinhas, Brazil, which began production earlier this year, will start up a second beverage can production line in the second half of 2013.The Alagoinhas plant, located in the state of Bahia in northeast Brazil, makes aluminum beverage cans for beer and other beverages. It is part of Latapack-Ball Embalagens Ltda., which also operates metal beverage packaging plants in Tres Rios, Jacarei and Salvador, Brazil."The Brazilian can market has grown by approximately 10 percent in 2012, and demand is expected to continue to increase," said John A. Hayes, Ball's president and chief executive officer. "The second Alagoinhas line, like the first line, will be capable of making several different sizes. Its capacity is secured under long-term customer agreements." Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2011 sales of more than $8.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit http://www.ball.com.Forward-Looking StatementsThis release contains "forward-looking" statements concerning future events and financial performance. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "estimates" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Key risks and uncertainties are summarized in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Exhibit 99.2 in our Form 10-K, which are available on our website and at www.sec.gov. Factors that might affect our packaging segments include fluctuation in product demand and preferences; availability and cost of raw materials; competitive packaging availability, pricing and substitution; changes in climate and weather; crop yields; competitive activity; failure to achieve anticipated productivity improvements or production cost reductions; mandatory deposit or other restrictive packaging laws; changes in major customer or supplier contracts or loss of a major customer or supplier; political instability and sanctions; and changes in foreign exchange rates or tax rates. Factors that might affect our aerospace segment include: funding, authorization, availability and returns of government and commercial contracts; and delays, extensions and technical uncertainties affecting segment contracts. Factors that might affect the company as a whole include those listed plus: accounting changes; changes in senior management; the recent global recession and its effects on liquidity, credit risk, asset values and the economy; successful or unsuccessful acquisitions; regulatory action or laws including tax, environmental, health and workplace safety, including U.S. FDA and other actions affecting products filled in our containers, or chemicals or substances used in raw materials or in the manufacturing process; governmental investigations; technological developments and innovations; goodwill impairment; antitrust, patent and other litigation; strikes; labor cost changes; rates of return projected and earned on assets of the company's defined benefit retirement plans; pension changes; uncertainties surrounding the U.S. government budget and debt limit; reduced cash flow; interest rates affecting our debt; and changes to unaudited results due to statutory audits or other effects.SOURCE Ball CorporationFor further information: Investor Contact: Ann T. Scott, +1-303-460-3537, ascott@ball.com; or Media Contact: Scott McCarty, +1-303-460-2103, smccarty@ball.com