Coca-Cola Amatil unveils $35m Auckland facility
Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand (CCANZ) has opened a new $35m production facility in Auckland on 28 July 2012.
The new facility includes two beverage bottle production lines using practice blow-fill technology and a new aluminum can line.
The Auckland facility upgrade follows the announcement of a $15m investment at Christchurch plant earlier in 2012 and is part of a CCA group-wide A$450m investment in blow-fill manufacturing.
The technology is being installed across the company's production facilities in New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji from 2010-2015.
Each new blow-fill line can produce approximately 28,000 bottles per hour.
Blow-fill technology allows the company to design and manufacture lightweight its PET bottle range with less raw materials.
The company estimates that approximately 650t (or 12%) of PET resin will be saved per annum - the equivalent of 24 million 600ml PET Coke bottles.
Brands such as L&P, Schweppes, Deep Spring and all Coca-Cola trademark brands will be in PET bottles that are 10-15% lighter.
Other raw material savings include reducing the use of secondary packaging; making labels lighter; and eliminating the need for a plastic liner in the closures, or caps, which also decrease PET resin requirements.