Australian paper and packaging company Amcor has ceased production on paper machines no. 7 and no. 8 on 24 May in preparation to commence production on the newly built recycled containerboard machine B9 in June.
The company had been planning the new machine at the Botany site in Sydney for several years, but the project had been postponed. Originally, B9 was to start up in 2010 already.
Now Amcor communicated that installation of all major production equipment has been finished and that commissioning activities are scheduled for early June. The estimated date for commencement of paper production is the end of July.
The company is replacing two existing paper machines with a combined capacity of 250,000 tpy with a modern, single-machine paper mill with a production capacity of 345,000 tpy of light-weight recycled corrugated case material. According to Amcor, total costs are estimated at around AUD400m.
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