Amcor recently opened a new manufacturing plant in Huizhou, China, after an investment of nearly $100 million.
The 590,000-square-foot plant is the largest flexible packaging plant by production capacity in China, and it will help Amcor meet growing customer demand throughout Asia Pacific, the company says in a news release.
The new facility is expected to employ more than 550 people, who will produce flexible packaging solutions for food and personal-care products. The high-speed printing presses, laminators, and bag-making machines can deliver double-digit reductions in manufacturing cycle times.
“Amcor is also deploying the first smart production and operation system in the Chinese flexible packaging industry, which includes smart laser scanners, light curtains, high-standard machine guarding, and multiple quality-control points,” the company also says. “All key process equipment is also CE-certified to stringent European Union health, safety, and environmental requirements. Other benefits of the new state-of-the-art facility are traceability throughout the production cycle, a climate-controlled production environment, and low-carbon emission production.”
The plant features three labs with testing and analytical capabilities to fully leverage the expertise from the recently opened Amcor Asia Pacific Innovation Center in Jiangyin, China, helping to accelerate the development of responsible packaging solutions.
The new Huizhou site also includes sustainability features, including the latest regenerative thermal oxidizers (RTO) system to reduce harmful emissions, as well as a number of energy-reduction, heat-recovery, low-power consumption, and rainwater harvesting systems to help reduce its carbon footprint and environmental impact, the company says.