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Major expansion of Queensland box plant

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AMCOR will invest $41 million in a major expansion of its Rocklea corrugated box plant following the sale of the West End Fibre Packaging site in Brisbane.

The Rocklea expansion will enable Amcor to maintain its strong market position in supplying corrugated boxes to the meat, fruit and produce, grocery and wine/beverage segments throughout Queensland.

Over the past four years, there has been significant uptake of Amcor’s Xitex corrugated box technology in Queensland’s fruit and produce and meat segments.

Xitex provides superior strength and box performance characteristics to conventional corrugated boxes.

The Xitex unit will be relocated to Rocklea.

“The Rocklea expansion will enable Amcor to increase Xitex production capability in Queensland in its key corrugated box market segments,” Amcor Australasia acting managing director Darryl Roberts said.

The Rocklea building will be expanded by approximately 15,500 square metres to a total area of 51,500 square metres.

This facility will accommodate two corrugators and appropriate down stream converting capacity.

The building design and planning approval processes have commenced and relocation of the West End corrugator will follow end of construction.

When complete the Rocklea site will be one of the largest corrugating and converting sites in the world.

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