AMCOR has commissioned a $130 million glass manufacturing furnace, taking the company’s production capacity to over 400 million wine bottles per year.
The second furnace, constructed by Leighton Contractors on Amcor’s 50-hectare site at Gawler in South Australia, has been brought on line three months ahead of schedule.
Amcor commenced supply of wine bottles in Australia less than three years ago following commissioning of the first furnace in May 2002.
The expanded Greenfield plant enhances Amcor’s ability to meet strong ongoing demand in the Australian wine industry.
While Australia produces less than five percent of global wine production, it is the fourth largest wine exporter around the world.
In the 12 months to February 2005, wine exports from Australia grew by 18%.
Amcor’s combined capital investment commitment of around $280 million at the Glass and Closures plants over the last four years is testimony of the company’s strategy of pursuing selected, high growth opportunities within the Australasian packaging market.