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Orora is expanding the capacity of its cans business, investing $85 million to increase the can body production capacity at its Revesby, NSW site.

This latest development comes off the back of previously announced investments to increase capacity at Orora’s Dandenong and Ballarat facilities, as well as the recently completed slim line capability installation at Revesby in FY21. 

“This additional investment at Revesby will further increase capacity on the Eastern seaboard, and will enable Orora to extend its support even further to meet the growth in can demand, and the growing craft beer, seltzer and non-alcoholic drinks segments,” said Simon Bromell, group general manager at Orora Beverage. 

“Including this new line at Revesby, Orora has committed around $195 million to capability and capacity expansion for its growing cans business.

“We’re proud of the long-standing relationships we have built with our customers, and we’re pleased to demonstrate our commitment, through this investment, that we are here to support their growth well into the future.”

In support of strong customer demand and limited unused capacity, Orora announced at its 2021 Annual General Meeting that it would invest approximately $110 million to undertake a significant expansion of cans multi-size capacity at the Dandenong site and can ends capacity at the Ballarat site.

The new can line at Dandenong and increased ends capacity at Ballarat are set to provide an incremental 10 per cent uplift in cans capacity, and both projects are on track to be commissioned through FY23. 

The investment in an additional multi-size can line at Revesby, NSW, will add around an additional 10 per cent capacity to Orora’s can body production. The new can line at Revesby is expected to come online in 2025.

“Our continued investment in capacity expansion is a great story for beverage makers in the region,” said Chris Smith, cans general manager at Orora Beverage. 

“There are positive sustainability benefits to these investments because our facilities are closely located to high population areas. This reduces the amount of domestic truck transfers and positively contributes to a reduction in CO2 emissions. 

“Aluminium cans are a great sustainable packaging option, starting life from very high recycled content rates and are readily recyclable.

“The sustainability benefits of cans further boost the demand for can manufacturing, as beverage makers and consumers seek out packaging that is infinitely recyclable.” 

Orora said these investments should provide cans customers great confidence in future supply for many years, and given the expected future demand over the long-term, the company will continue to assess further capacity expansion requirements.

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