Global leader in packaging solutions for the food and pharmaceutical industry, Amcor has recently opened an advanced manufacturing plant in Huizhou, China.
The firm has invested nearly US$100 million to develop the 590,000 sq.ft facility, which it claimed to be the largest flexible packaging plant by production capacity in China. The plant features the country’s first automated packaging production line, as well as high-speed printing presses, laminators and bag-making machines.
In addition, Amcor is installing a smart production and operation system, which it claims is the first in the Chinese flexible packaging industry. The system will feature light curtains, smart laser scanners, machine guarding and various quality-control points.
The new plant also offers several sustainability features such as a regenerative thermal oxidisers (RTO) system, which can reduce energy consumption and emissions.
The facility is slated to employ more than 550 workers to produce flexible packaging for food and personal care products.
It will draw on expertise from Amcor’s Asia-Pacific Innovation Centre in Jiangyin, China, which opened in August 2022.
The facility will also address growing demand for flexible packaging across the Asia Pacific region.
According to Xin She, Amcor Greater China Vice President and General Manager, “This investment is testament to our commitment to grow with our customers in China and throughout Asia Pacific by bringing the best of Amcor’s global expertise closer to them. The world-class capabilities of our new plant are designed to enable us to exceed our customers’ expectations of quality, responsiveness and innovation.”
Meanwhile in a related development, Amcor and Mars Wrigley Australia have partnered to introduce recyclable paper-based packaging for Mars, Snickers and Milky Way chocolate bars. Mars Wrigley’s bars with Amcor’s AmFiber Performance Paper packaging will be introduced at Australian supermarkets chains with effect from April 2023. This packaging will be compatible with standard kerbside recycling collection.