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Amcor: new plant wins special status

Australia“s Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin recently announced that the planned Amcor glass wine bottle plant in South Australia has been granted Major Project Faci…

Australia“s Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin recently announced that the planned Amcor glass wine bottle plant in South Australia has been granted Major Project Facilitation status. The US$ 130 million Amcor plant near Gawler, in the Barossa Valley wine-producing area, will be capable of producing 200 million glass wine bottles or 121,000 tonnes of product a year. The new plant is expected to create 75 direct jobs with the possibility of further expansion to 180 jobs. Production is scheduled to commence by mid-2002. “This project has the potential to provide alternative sources of glass packaging to the Australian wine industry and to replace significant imports with Australian-made product,” said Senator Minchin. Major Project Facilitation Status, a service provided by Invest Australia, the national investment agency, means that the proponents of the plant will benefit from a streamlined decision-making process for necessary government approvals, plus assistance and advice in accessing government programs which could assist the development of the project.

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