Coca-Cola Amatil has cut the ribbon on a new manufacturing plant

Coca-Cola Amatil has cut the ribbon on a new manufacturing plant

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has cut the ribbon on a NZD35m (US$28.4m) upgrade to its New Zealand manufacturing plant that will boost the company's ability to make its own PET containers.

The Auckland plant features blow-fill technology, which allows CCA to design and produce PET plastic beverage bottles using fewer raw materials, the company said. The lighter bottles have a carbon footprint 20% smaller than regular bottles, CCA said.

The facilities, opened on Tuesday (28 July) by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, also house a new aluminium can line.

CCA said it hopes to roll out the blow-fill technology to all of its production facilities in New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji by 2015. Each blow-fill line can produce about 28,000 bottles an hour. 

CCA Group, based in Australia, is one of the five major Coca-Cola bottlers in the world.

Its New Zealand unit, CCANZ, produces licenced Coca-Cola brands including Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta and Glaceau vitamin water as well as CCA's own brands such as L&P, Pump and Baker Halls cordials.