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Amcor sees a rise in conversion from glass to plastic

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By Jenny Eagle+

10-Jan-2017
Last updated on 12-Jan-2017 at 12:17 GMT2017-01-12T12:17:40Z

The Amcor Rigid Plastics facility in Bellevue, Ohio, US.
The Amcor Rigid Plastics facility in Bellevue, Ohio, US.

Amcor Rigid Plastics will invest $40m to double production at its Bellevue, Ohio facility after demand from manufacturers converting from glass to plastic.

The facility currently produces preforms, injection blow molded and extrusion blow molded rigid plastic containers.

The investment is supported by an economic development grant from JobsOhio through the assistance of the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP).

Diversified Products

Ann O’Hara, VP/GM, Diversified Products, Amcor, said the facility will meet increased demand for its Diversified Products packaging in food and beverages, among other markets.

During this strong period of growth for our business, we’re fortunate to be able to make this substantial investment at our Bellevue site,” she said.

The expanded production capacity comes as manufacturers continue to convert from glass to plastic to support improvements in sustainability, safety, and product handling.

Our focus is to meet the expanded needs of our customers while attracting new business.”

The expansion, which started this year and is expected to be completed next year, includes an additional 126,000 sq ft of manufacturing space and an additional 85,000 sq ft of warehouse space.

PET bottles and preforms

Northwest Ohio is a strategic geographic location for Amcor because it is home to many of its customers including brand owners and manufacturers in the food, healthcare, and consumer segments.

Dean Monske, president/CEO, RGP said it commends Amcor for bringing new jobs and investment to the community.

Amcor Rigid Plastics launched a series of clear polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and preforms for dairy, aseptic, and high-pressure processed (HPP) liquid beverages last month.

The range is available in round, hourglass, and square shapes and comes in four sizes (12oz, 16oz, 32oz, and 64oz). The stock bottles and preforms can be used for liquids such as cold-fill for dairy and juice, aseptic for dairy and juice, and HPP for juice.

Facts

Dairy Crest closed a glass bottling plant in Hanworth, west London and its cream potting facility in Somerset in 2015, axing 260 jobs.

Mark Allen, CEO, Dairy Crest, said at the time the decision reflected the decline of the glass bottle as more of us consider plastic to be safer and more convenient.

Dairy Crest, which has three plastic bottling facilities, said its plastic bottles are more environmentally friendly with at least a third of their content being recyclable.

A single pint glass bottle also weighs 15 times more than its plastic equivalent.

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