ACI: new glass melting furnace in the works, plus picket line set up at glass factory

Australia“s ACI Glass Packaging said that work has begun on a new A$ 68 million glass melting furnace at its Croydon, SA plant. The world-standard facility will have a capacity of up to 850,000 wine …

Australia“s ACI Glass Packaging said that work has begun on a new A$ 68 million glass melting furnace at its Croydon, SA plant. The world-standard facility will have a capacity of up to 850,000 wine bottles at a time, will be able to produce 30 different shaped and coloured bottles and will be able to produce over 500 million bottles per annum. Its completion will bring to an end a A$ 150 million expansion programme – designed mainly to support growth in the South Australian wine industry. Meanwhile, about 60 locked-out unionists have picketed Australian group ACI“s glass bottle manufacturing plant in Melbourne“s south-west in the latest move in a bitter 11-week-old enterprise bargaining dispute. Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) secretary Craig Johnston said the workers set up the picket at the 24-hour operation at Spotswood. He said some 50 workers had already obeyed the picket, and turned back. The dispute began in late December when ACI locked out 83 workers from its glass moulding plant in Box Hill, in eastern Melbourne.