On 20 February 2008, Amcor Australasia has announced a modern recycled paper mill to be built at Botany, NSW. It is a significant investment Amcor Australasia has made.
About the new recycled paper mill:
- Secures Amcor Australasia’s fibre manufacturing presence in Australia for the long term
- Once commissioned, it is expected to be a sophisticated and efficient paper mill and giving Amcor Australasia a competitive advantage.
- Gross cost (before land sales) of more than $400 million. Net cost of $230 million
- Annual production capacity of 345,000 tonnes
- Significantly improved environmental impact. Specifically: 26% reduction in total water use, 34% reduction in carbon footprint and 75% less waste landfill
- Will operate predominantly on recycled (stormwater) and bore water, with town water used for back-up purposes. Compared with current operations, this is estimated to save Melbourne 660 mega litres per year and Sydney 250 mega litres of water a year.
- Capable of producing a wide range of paper weights – from 80gsm to 200gsm
- To be built on a vacant section of Amcor Australasia’s existing site in Botany, NSW
- Construction expected to begin in the third quarter of calendar 2008 and will take approximately 30 months to complete. Operational in 2010-11
About the existing Botany Plant:
- 20ha (approx) site located 11 km from Sydney’s CBD. Amcor Australasia has operated the site for more than 100 years
- The current site has two recycled paper machines, producing 260,000 tonnes per annum of recycled liner and fluting. Will continue to operate while new state-of-the-art mill is built nearby and will ultimately be decommissioned once this new mill is commissioned in 2010-11
- Managed and operated by 116 employees over 5 shifts. Runs 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Expect it will be business-as-usual for approximately the next three years. Number of employees will drop to approximately 60 once the new mill is complete
- Once the new mill is built, approximately half of the site (10ha) will be surplus to operational requirements. This land will be remediated and sold by tender. Any future development will be a matter for the new owner and relevant planning authorities
- History on the site to be protected, including machinery components dating back to 1901
About the existing Fairfield Plant:
- 16ha site (approx) located 7kms from Melbourne’s CBD. Amcor Australasia has operated from the site since 1921
- The current site has one recycled paper mill, producing 130,000 tonnes of brown and white top recycled liners and industrial papers. Will continue to operate while new modern mill is built at Botany and will ultimately be decommissioned once this new mill is commissioned in 2010-11
- Operated by 90 employees over 5 shifts. Runs 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Expect it will be business-as-usual for approximately the next three years
- Once the mill is closed, the site will be remediated and sold by tender. Any future development will be a matter for the new owner and relevant planning authorities