Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand has unveiled its new state-of-the-art Keri juice manufacturing plant — the largest in New Zealand at 10,000 square metres — located at the Landing Business Park near Auckland Airport.
With the ability to produce 800,000 bottles every day, the purpose-built facility more than doubles the capacity of previous plants, and consolidates operations into a central and accessible hub.
State-of-the-art production technology
The new plant houses state-of-the-art production technology and specialty manufacturing lines that will deliver improved environmental performance, along with innovations in design and packaging.
Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand managing director Chris Litchfield is pleased to be able to highlight Coca-Cola Amatil’s ongoing investment and confidence in New Zealand’s economy.
“We’ve worked hard to develop a facility that is technologically advanced globally and, at the same time, will enable us to reduce our environmental footprint through lightweight packaging,” Mr Litchfield says.
“This investment is a further reflection of our commitment to local manufacturing and economic development of the communities in which we operate.”
Lighter bottles that use less plastic
Coca-Cola Amatil also debuted its new Nitro Hot-Fill processing method which creates lighter bottles and uses less plastic, seen in the recently launched Powerade Superior Bottle.
Traditional methods such as Blow-fill and Warm-fill technologies will still be used.
Among the 36,000 bottles that can be produced each hour, the plant will drive the production of products including Powerade, the full range of Keri Juices, Fuze Tea, Glaceau, E2, Thextons, Baker Halls and Pumped lightly-flavoured waters.
Coca-Cola Amatil has recently been recognised for the work it does to ensure its employees are engaged and safe.
Mr Litchfield says the company takes the well-being of its employees very seriously.
“We’ll continue to drive a safe, inclusive environment that promotes diversity amongst all of our people,” Mr Litchfield says.