Flexible packaging manufacturer Elldex Packaging is planning to upgrade and replace its existing manufacturing facility with a new factory in Christchurch’s Dakota Park in New Zealand.

The proposed factory employs advanced machinery and will enable the company to meet the compliance demands of producing high-quality, food-grade flexible packaging.

Upon completion in 2015, the 5,000m² factory will be the first purpose-built flexible packaging facility to be built in New Zealand in many years, according to the company.

"We have around 100 skilled and dedicated staff at Elldex and it is important to remain based in Christchurch to retain that expertise."

Elldex divisional general manager Murray Hine said: "We have around 100 skilled and dedicated staff at Elldex and it is important to remain based in Christchurch to retain that expertise.

"With the support of our parent company, Hellaby Holdings, and an excellent opportunity offered to us at Dakota Park by Christchurch International Airport (CIAL), we expect to have this project scoped, planned and built within a 12-month period."

Dakota Park offers direct access to Christchurch Airport and State Highway 1 with seamless connections to markets across New Zealand and worldwide, making it suitable for the company’s packaging business.

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Elldex provides flexible packaging solutions for products from sectors such as meat, dairy, seafood, horticulture, agriculture, FMCG and industrial.

Established in 1990, the company also imports approximately 1,000 containers annually of packaging products from Asia to Australia and New Zealand.