Amcor Australasia has unveiled a new $500m recycled paper machine in its Botany Paper Mill located in Sydney, Australia.
Amcor Australasia and Packaging Distribution managing director Nigel Garrard said the investment has brought new and advanced technology to the Australasian market.
"This is the most sophisticated recycled paper making machine in Australasia. It produces high-quality 100% recycled brown paper that is stronger, more consistent and has an improved colour for our customers," Garrard said.
Amcor’s machine, which is 330m long and 22m high and produces 1.6km of paper every minute, annually produces 400,000t of paper when operational at full capacity.
According to the company, the ability to bring down the paper weight over time, while maintaining its strength, affords the company opportunities to partner with its customers to create new packaging solutions such as boxes.
B9, the ninth paper machine to operate at the company’s Botany site, is expected to provide environmental benefits.
The machine replaces three older machines aged between 43-52 years, which will cut down water consumption by 26%, energy usage by 34% and the amount of waste sent to landfill by 75%.
The Botany Paper Mill commenced operation in 1902 with two paper machines, and a further seven machines have been commissioned on site since then.
Amcor Australasia, a division of Amcor, supplies packaging across Australia and New Zealand.
The company delivers a broad range of packaging solutions for the food, beverage, grocery, household, personal care and industrial markets.
Image: Amcor’s Botany Paper Mill in Australia. Photo: Courtesy of Amcor Packaging.