Multinational packaging firm Amcor has opened an ‘advanced’ healthcare packaging facility in Tuas, Singapore, to meet the growing demand for its products in the Asia-Pacific region.

The ISO 13485-certified facility houses a cleanroom manufacturing site and three, seven and nine-layer co-extrusion blown film capabilities, as well as advanced flexographic printing activities.

The greenfield site is designed to expand Amcor’s co-extrusion blown film and printing technology and address the need for quality and regulatory compliance in the healthcare industry.

To support this, the company is building an innovation centre for healthcare films at the facility.

In keeping with Amcor’s sustainability commitments, the plant uses water-based printing technology with no solvent emissions.

Amcor chief commercial officer Peter Konieczny said: “With the Asia-Pacific healthcare packaging market expected to grow at more than 8% through 2026, Amcor is laying the foundation to support that growth with this advanced facility in the region.

“Our innovative and regional approach in this space, coupled with our commitment to sustainability, will ensure our continued industry leadership for customers of all sizes, as well as the environment.”

Amcor South-East Asia Healthcare general manager Scott Jackson said: “Healthcare is one of the fastest-growing industries in the region and customers are looking for packaging suppliers that can improve their speed to the market.

“Our new Singapore facility is a meaningful step towards expanding our product offerings and increasing our capacity to support customer growth, now and well into the future.”

Amcor has pledged to make all its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

The company currently operates a network of 225 locations in more than 40 countries, generating $13bn in annual sales.

In August, Amcor announced plans to invest around $35m to develop innovation centres in Ghent, Belgium, and Jiangyin, China.

The buildings will house customer experience facilities, analytical and material science laboratories and pilot manufacturing equipment.