Opal, a part of the Nippon Paper Group, will build a high-speed regional cardboard packaging manufacturing facility in the town of Barnawartha in Victoria, Australia, with more than a $140m investment.
The Victorian Government will support the development of the new manufacturing facility, which will allow the company to serve growing markets and cater to increasing customers’ demands. It will be in tandem with the company’s circular economy approach and vision to drive growth in sustainable fibre packaging.
The facility is expected to begin production in late 2023. It will create up to 195 jobs in Victoria during the first stage of its construction. Stage one of the facility will generate 432 jobs in the region once operational.
The new manufacturing facility will be located at the Logic Wodonga industrial estate present in Barnawartha. The estate lies between Sydney and Melbourne on the Hume Freeway, a premium freight corridor in Australia.
The facility will be benefitted from the industrial estate’s existing infrastructure and services and skilled regional workforce.
Opal Group’s new manufacturing facility details
The state-of-the-art cardboard packaging manufacturing facility will be built on a 47,000m2 site in two stages.
The first stage entails the construction of a highly automated, sophisticated manufacturing facility. The capacity of the facility will be increased in the second stage, using emerging technologies to meet the further demand growth.
To be integrated with advanced manufacturing and supply chain capabilities, the facility will produce recycled and recyclable fibre packaging through locally sourced raw materials.
The manufacturing facility will be designed with solar energy generation and water harvesting capabilities.
Opal Group’s paper and packaging products
Opal offers innovative packaging solutions, paper and board products, as well as office and home products. It offers a range of corrugated boxes, solid board folding cartons, bags and sacks, and other sustainable packaging solutions to suit every customer’s requirement.
Opal supplies recycled containerboard, packaging papers and boards, coatings and laminations, and printing and inkjet paper under its paper and board category.
The company is the only Australian manufacturer of copy paper, including the Reflex® brand. It also produces envelopes, stationery and playing cards under its Olympic, Tudor and Queen’s Slipper brand portfolio.
Marketing commentary on Opal Group
Opal Group is a paper and fibre packaging manufacturing company based in Australia and with operations in Australia and New Zealand.
The company has more than 80 operating sites, exports to more than 70 countries and employs more than 4,000 employees globally. It produces a wide range of recycled products from its Maryvale and Botany operations in Australia for the Australian and New Zealand markets.
The Maryvale mill manufactures about 600,000t of paper and boards a year. It also operates a brown waste plant that processes approximately 20,000t of used cardboard a year.
The state-of-the-art recycling and manufacturing facility in Botany, New South Wales, converts more than 450,000t of used cardboard into 100% recycled brown packaging paper annually.
The Maryvale and Botany operations recycle approximately 530,000t of used cardboard and wastepaper a year, diverting waste from Australian landfills and supporting the circular economy.
The company also operates several packaging divisions, including Opal Converting Group, Opal Fibre Packaging, Opal Kiwi Packaging and Opal Specialty Packaging.
Opal holds Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) through Responsible Wood®. The certifications indicate the company’s responsible forestry practices as well as a transparent and traceable fibre supply chain.