ANN ARBOR, MICH. (March 27, 5:40 p.m. ET) — Amcor Rigid Plastics will expand operations at three of its North American plants and boost production of extrusion blow molded polypropylene bottles.
The Ann Arbor, Mich. -based company recently announced plans for a multi-million dollar expansion at facilities in Batavia, Ill.; Forth Worth, Texas, and Brampton, Ontario. Amcor will purchase new production machinery and equipment, and add 30 new jobs across the three facilities.
The expansion will largely increase production of multilayer PP containers, a product line that Amcor acquired in its 2010 purchase of Ball Plastics Packaging America, as well as high density polyethylene containers, made with some post-consumer content and used for household and personal care products.
The expansion will also move manufacturing closer to key customers, allowing the company to increase sustainability by improving logistics and cutting transportation costs, according to a March 27 news release.
Amcor cited an increased demand for multilayer PP barrier packaging, particularly for food and nutritional supplements, as a reason for the expansion.
The company also recently added heat-set PET stretch blow molding capacity to its Wytheville, Va., facility to serve regional food customers, according to the release.
Amcor Rigid Plastics, a division of Australia-based Amcor Ltd., is the largest blow molder in North America, with sales of $12.28 billion in 2011, according to the most recent Plastics News rankings.