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Amcor Rigid Plastics has announced plans to expand its bottle manufacturing facility in Orlando, Florida, US, with an investment of $20m.

The expansion, which is in response to growing market demand for beverage and pharmaceutical packaging, will enable the company to centralise preform manufacturing and warehousing.

According to Amcor, the expansion will also allow the company to deliver key sustainability advantages including improved logistics and shipping efficiencies.

Recently, the company shifted to a new leased 500,000ft² facility within the Airport Industrial Park of Orlando, from an existing 168,000ft² plant near the Florida Turnpike.

The investment has funded major infrastructure work to change an unfinished shell structure into a functional space for manufacturing, warehousing and offices.

The new facility, which is now operational, produces hot fill and cold fill polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles for beverages such as sports drinks and orange juice, along with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pharmaceutical containers.

Amcor North American beverage business unit vice president and general manager Larry Weber said the company aims to meet the expanded needs of its customers while also attracting new business.

"During this strong period of growth for our business, we’re thrilled to be able to bring our multi-technology and multi-material offering to this expanded new facility in Orlando," Weber said.

The company, which has already commenced producing hot fill PET bottles and cold fill PET carafes for citrus beverages as well as HDPE and LDPE containers, will make a majority of its preforms in house at Orlando.

The move will enable the company to eliminate the previous cost associated with shipping in preforms.

Amcor’s new expanded facility will do away with the need for three offsite warehousing sites.

Image: Amcor has expanded its Orlando facility in response to growing market demand for beverage and pharmaceutical packaging. Photo: Amcor Limited