Amcor’s $41 million expansion of the corrugated box plant operation in Rocklea Queensland was officially opened today by Premier Peter Beattie.
The expansion makes the site one of the large corrugated box operations in the world, with two corrugators and an annual production capacity in excess of 240 million square metres.
The project involved integration of a corrugator and converting equipment from Amcor’s West End plant and the installation of automated palletisation and material transportation systems that have introduced good practice into the Rocklea operations.
According to Amcor Australasia, major redevelopment of the Rocklea site is a critical part of the major restructuring and reinvestment plan for the Australian fibre packaging business.
It will achieve significant improvements in operating efficiency and position the business to be the preferred packaging solutions provider through product leadership, superior customer service and operational excellence.
The plant has capacity to produce Xitex and the full range of standard corrugated flutes. Xitex is Amcor’s patented corrugated solution, developed for applications requiring superior strength and box performance.
According to Amcor, The completion of this project is a significant milestone for this site and will consolidate Amcor’s position as the leading supplier of fibre packaging here in Queensland.
The site has five flexo folder gluers and five die cutters, which will enable Amcor to respond to all our customer requirements. Amcor has also upgraded equipment at its short-run box facilities.
The redevelopment involved expanding the existing buildings by over 40 percent to a total area of 51,500 square metres to accommodate the two corrugators, additional converting equipment and expanded paper storage area.
The Rocklea plant produces a full range of corrugated boxes for the agricultural, food, beverage and industrial sectors throughout Queensland and the northern territory.