Coca-Cola Amatils New Zealand plant sustained damages from the countrys earthquakes in September 2010 and February last year

Coca-Cola Amatil's New Zealand plant sustained damages from the country's earthquakes in September 2010 and February last year

Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand (CCANZ) has opened a NZ$15m (US$12m) bottle plant at its Woolston facility in Christchurch.

The production line, which officially opened yesterday (18 January), allows CCANZ to design and manufacture its own PET plastic drinks bottles using fewer raw materials. To accommodate the new equipment, .

CCANZ said the PET plastic bottles produced on the new line will be "the lightest-weight beverage bottles made in the country". The 'blow-fill' technology being used is also expected to reduce the carbon footprint of each bottle by around 20%.

The company said it has also received approval for the construction of a NZ$5m distribution centre at the Woolston plant. In addition, the company has invested a further NZ$9m in infrastructure repair at the facility following earthquake damage.

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has committed to a group-wide AUD$450m (US$468.5m) investment in 'blow-fill' manufacturing - the largest infrastructure investment for the company in ten years.

The 'blow-fill' technology, which produces around 16,000 bottles per hour, will be installed across CCA's production facilities in New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji through to 2015.

As part of this investment, CCA open a AUD60m distribution centre in Perth, Australia, in November last year.