Oji Fibre's AU$72M paperboard mill opened

Oji Fibre Solutions' AU$72 million mega cardboard factory in Yatala is the state's first new manufacturing facility to open with the support of the Palaszczuk Government's AU$65 million Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick on Tuesday joined Japanese Counsellor Keisuike Nakao, Japanese Consul-General in Brisbane Ms Keiko Yanai and Oji Group CEO Susumu Yajima for a traditional Japanese sake ceremony at opening celebrations on the factory floor.

"Today's event is the culmination of years of work by Oji's leadership, the 300 workers who built this factory, the company's 70 employees and our industry attraction team who helped draw this project here rather than anywhere else in Australia or Asia," Mr Dick said.

Mr Dick said the mega factory was capable of producing a kilometre of cardboard every three minutes to produce corrugated packaging products for use by fruit and produce, meat, industrial, fast moving consumer goods, paper products and consumer durables. The factory also has five-star green credentials including a rainwater harvesting system reducing potable water consumption by 80 per cent and a 100kW Solar PV System.

Mr Dick said Oji FS' success in Yatala was now set to extend to regional Queensland, with the company announcing plans to open satellite manufacturing sites in Mareeba and two other regional Queensland locations.

Oji Fibre Solutions is part of Oji Holdings, one of the world's largest forest, paper and packaging producers with a billion-dollar-plus turnover. Oji Fibre Solutions CEO Dr Jon Ryder said the Queensland Government's support was a major factor in the company building the Yatala factory and expanding across the state.

"While demand for corrugated packaging in Australia is growing roughly at 2 per cent a year, we expect growth in Queensland to be more than twice that, driven by local and export growth in horticulture, meat and processed food segments which are well suited to OjiFS' high performance products.

Source: Australian Government

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