Amcor announces expansion of multilayer PP bottle capacity

Amcor announces expansion of multilayer PP bottle capacity
Amcor Rigid Plastics, the world’s leading producer of rigid plastic packaging, has announced a major expansion of extrusion blow molded PP bottle capacity in the Midwest, Southwest, and Canada in response to strong market demand for packaging for food and nutritional supplements.

The multi-million-dollar expansion at production facilities in Batavia, Ill., Fort Worth, Texas, and Brampton, Ontario, also enables Amcor to shift its manufacturing footprint closer to key customers to deliver key sustainability advantages including improved logistics and reduced transportation costs.

The new capacity is primarily for production of multilayer polypropylene (PP) containers – a product line acquired in August 2010 from Ball Plastics Packaging Americas - along with HDPE containers with PCR content
for personal care and household uses. “Since the acquisition, we’ve taken
a business rich in know-how and innovative technology to a new level,”
said Laurel Spencer, Vice President of marketing for Amcor Rigid Plastics
North America, Diversified Products. “Our strategy is to invest in new
manufacturing to support growth in leading markets while meeting the needs
of our customers in these key regions.”

Amcor’s proprietary Gamma multilayer PP technology fulfills high barrier
and high-temperature requirements for applications such as salsa, barbecue
sauce, ketchup, syrup, and liquid infant formula. Spencer points
specifically to strong growth for multilayer PP barrier packaging for food
and nutritional supplements along with handleware food packaging for the
club store market segment.

By leveraging its broad manufacturing footprint, Amcor is able to deliver
a more sustainable product offering that creates value for the customer by
minimizing logistics costs and reducing carbon footprint, according to
Spencer. Amcor has added 30 positions across the three facilities in this
multi-million-dollar investment which also includes new production
machinery and equipment.

As part of its growth strategy in the food segment, Amcor also recently
added heat-set PET capacity (stretch blow molding) at its Wytheville, Va.
facility to serve regional food customers.

The North American plants of Amcor Rigid Plastics are fully accredited by
HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), an international
program which systematically uses seven principles for analyzing a food
process and determining the possible chemical, physical, and biological
hazards within that process.

In order to ensure the highest possible level of quality and food safety for customers, Amcor has embarked on an 18-month project to certify its quality systems under the GFSI benchmarked standard. The GFSI standards are a comprehensive global benchmark for ensuring the security of the entire supply chain. Amcor is fully committed to completing the certification at all 30 North American plants by the end of calendar year 2012.

Amcor offers a multi-material product offering to meet today’s demanding
packaging requirements. Along with multilayer PP containers, Amcor has
long been recognized as a global leader in the design and production of
hot-fill packaging while also producing PP, PE, and PET rigid containers,
fitments, and closures for over-the counter-drugs, vitamins, and other
pharmaceutical needs.