NORTH Ocean Container Co (NOC), a Hongkong-Chinese joint-venture company, has invested US$17.5 million on container production facilities that can produce 10,000 20 ft equivalent units (TEUs) a year. Mr Wu Ke, NOC assistant general manager, said the joint venture comprised China's COSCO Tianjin, Hongkong-based Fairbreeze Shipping Co, Fair Weather Steamship Co, Freighter Shipping Co and Yich Fung Shipping & Enterprise. ''NOC's total land area is about 41,000 sq m which includes a workshop covering 6,000 sq m and a container yard covering 11,000 sq m,'' he said. The container production facility, which is about eight kilometres from Tianjin Xingong port, can produce 20 ft, 40 ft and 45 ft containers, Mr Wu said. Fairbreeze Shipping Co, which holds a 25 per cent stake in NOC, also has invested in Shanghai Far East Container Co (SFEC), a joint venture with COSCO Shanghai, Shanghai Jinqiao Industry Co, Shanghai Metals and Minerals Import and Export Corp, Teh Tsang Co - a Hongkong branch of Taiwan Teh Tung Steamship Co - and Tong Ling Shipping Enterprises. This joint venture has two yards, one which was opened in Shanghai in October last year with a production capacity of 9,000 TEUs, and another in Shenzhen with a daily production capacity of 16 TEUs.