Visy has officially opened its new $100 million corrugated packaging facility in Truganina, Victoria.
Completed in October last year and spanning 36,000 square metres, the plant will manufacture RSC and die-cut cartons from recycled material, and is capable of producing one million per day. It employs 85 people, including office staff.
Anthony Pratt, executive chairman of Visy, was joined by his family and by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews at the grand opening. In his remarks, Pratt praised the project team and expressed his support for local manufacturing jobs.
“Manufacturing is important, so we’re proud that this plant is adding a new generation of skills and workers to Australian manufacturing,” he said.
The boards produced at the plant will service markets including beverage, packaged food, dairy, industrial, meat, and fruit and produce.
Visy has pledged to create 5000 new manufacturing jobs in Australia over the next decade. The Victorian government has welcomed the new venture, with a spokesperson calling Visy a Victorian success story.
"From a small family business, Visy has grown into the largest privately-owned packaging and recycling company in the world, and is at the forefront of innovation, sustainability and importantly jobs.
"More than 10,000 people are employed by Visy, some 2,000 of them right here in Victoria. Victorian manufacturing continues to go from strength to strength and thanks to Visy’s plan to invest a further $2 billion over the next ten years, we can't wait to see what this next chapter delivers," the spokesperson said.