Alcan Packaging has underlined its commitment to the Antipodean wine industry with the opening of a A$20m (US$14.9m) closures manufacturing facility in Adelaide.

The plant, which will create up to 60 jobs in South Australia, is expected to produce 180m closures a year.

"South Australia is the main region for wine production in Australia," Claude Dagescy, general manager for Alcan Packaging Australia, told just-drinks today (4 July). "We based the facility here to improve lead times and provide the flexibility that the market requires, and also to be able to work to the volumes required.

"We have a position in the Australian market, and we want to grow that position."

The Adelaide facility represents the major part of a A$35m global investment by Alcan.