State Member for Townsville and Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly has officially commissioned the $13.5 million dollar upgrade of the Amcor Australasia’s fibre packaging Townsville production facility.
The upgrade includes a 3000m2 extension to the original facility, with a facelift of the facilities on the site.
The project has seen the replacement of an ageing corrugator with a Xitex corrugator, plus the introduction of a high volume die cutter, a new waste management system, along with product wrapping and strapping facilities. Xitex corrugator is a patented product that offers higher strength and performance to fruit and produce customers.
The relocation has allowed the local production capacity of corrugated board in North Queensland to double, supplying 28,000,000m2 of fibre packaging to the market annually.
According to Amcor Australasia, the expansion will add another supply for North Queensland customers by removing the freight demands built in to the delivery chain.
The project follows on from the $40 million spent by Amcor Australasia in creating a corrugating plant at Rocklea, Brisbane QLD.
According to Amcor Australasia, major redevelopment of the Townsville site is a critical part of the reinvestment plan for the Australian fibre packaging business.
The Townsville plant produces a range of corrugated boxes for the fruit and produce, agricultural, food, beverage and industrial sectors throughout Queensland and the northern territory.