Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand (CCANZ) has launched a $15m beverage bottle production line at its Woolston plant in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The new facility will produce 16,000 PET plastic bottles an hour using blow-fill technology, which is being installed across Coca-Cola Amatil's (CCA) production facilities in New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea from 2010-2015.
The company said the production process and light-weight material used will reduce the carbon footprint of every bottle by around 20%.
CCANZ has also invested $9m for the renovation of the Woolston site following damages from earthquakes in the region in September 2010 and February 2011. The firm announced that it will further invest $5m in an automated distribution centre at its Woolston plant.
According to the company, investment in the Christchurch facility is part of a CCA Group-wide $583m project in blow-fill manufacturing technology.
In October last year, CCA announced an investment of $35m to open two new blow-fill lines at the company's Thebarton production facility in Adelaide, Australia.
The technology allows the company to redesign and decrease the weight of the entire small carbonated soft drink range, in addition to the water PET bottle range; it would also help deliver the firm's key environmental sustainability goals in both energy and water savings.
Blow-fill technology allows the food and beverage manufacturer to redesign its small PET bottle range, while delivering cost savings, production efficiency gains, increased product shelf life, as well as stacking ability.
Image: The new bottling facility in Christchurch, NZ, will produce 16,000 PET plastic beverage bottles an hour, like the one pictured, using blow-fill technology. Photo: courtesy of The Coca Cola Company'