Sunday 20th Oct, 2019

OjiFS opens $72M manufacturing facility

OJI Yatala. Photo: OJI

Oji Fibre Solutions (OjiFS) has opened a $72 million manufacturing facility in the Gold Coast suburb of Yatala.

OjiFS, the New Zealand subsidiary of Japanese manufacturer Oji Holdings Corporation, received support as part of the Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund.

The Yatala factory is capable of producing a kilometre or cardboard every three minutes to produce corrugated packaging products for fruit, meat, industrial, fast-moving consumer goods, paper product and consumer durables.

It has five-star green credentials, including a rainwater harvesting system to reduce potable water consumption by 80 per cent, and a 100-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system.

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Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, said the factory opening is the culmination of years of work by Oji’s leadership, the 300 workers who built this factory, the company’s 70 employees and the Queensland Government.

OjiFS has also announced plans to open three satellite manufacturing sites in other Queensland locations.

OjiFS CEO Jon Ryder said the Queensland Government’s support was a major factor in the company building the Yatala factory and expanding across the state.

“While demand for corrugated packaging in Australia is growing roughly at 2 per cent a year, we expect growth in Queensland to be more than twice that, driven by local and export growth in horticulture, meat and processed food segments, which are well suited to OjiFS’ high-performance products,” he said.