Amcor: Gawler plant doubles output

Australia“s Amcor Glass has doubled wine bottle production at its three year-old glass plant near Gawler, South Australia, with a new USD 130 million furnace.
Since the new furnace came on stream in…

Australia“s Amcor Glass has doubled wine bottle production at its three year-old glass plant near Gawler, South Australia, with a new USD 130 million furnace. Since the new furnace came on stream in January 2005, two furnaces have been running 24 hours a day and will produce 400 million bottles in 2005, said general manager John Winckel. Output is at capacity, but is matched by demand from the wine industry with all 400 million bottles contracted to buyers, he said. “We now go to around 40% of the wine bottle market of about one billion bottles, which is growing at about 60 to 80 million bottles a year,” Mr Winckel said. Australian wine exports were growing, on average, at about 10% a year, with an 18% jump in the year to February 2005, supporting the growth in bottle sales, Mr Winckel said. Initially making green bottles for premium wines, the company has released a pale blue bottle for white wines and has other products being developed in 2005.