• Zipform Packaging's new line will mimic many of the features of the existing line in Perth.
    Zipform Packaging's new line will mimic many of the features of the existing line in Perth.
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Perth-based manufacturer of fibre-based linear-formed composite packs, Zipform Packaging, is investing in a new composite pack manufacturing line in Melbourne.

The location of the new site is soon to be finalised with production set to commence early in the first quarter of 2023.

Expanding in response to brand-owner driven demand for sustainable packaging: Zipform Packaging CEO John Bigley
Expanding in response to brand-owner driven demand for sustainable packaging: Zipform Packaging CEO John Bigley

Zipform Packaging CEO John Bigley said this $8 million investment will treble the production capacity, with demand driven by retailers and brand owners looking to address the 2025 National Packaging Targets through the adoption of more sustainable packaging solutions.

He said the line will mimic, to some extent, the Perth production line but with a few more “bells and whistles”, with some new developments such as printed bottoms, laser etching and in-line print quality inspection.

The key process equipment is being sourced from France and the line will be able to cater for multiple changeovers, with sizing ranging from 52mm diameter through to a large non-round pack with a brimful capacity of >2.4 litres.

The company has also recently invested in enhancements for its manufacturing line in Perth, such as a new in-line vision system.

Bigley said, “This second line is a very important investment to support our growth trajectory, as not only does it give us additional capacity but also contingency, which is important for the market. If the COVID pandemic has taught us nothing else in manufacturing, it has taught us to build resilience and strengthen local supply chains.

“We are entering a very exciting growth period for our business as more and more brand owners seek out packaging that addresses the 2025 National Packaging Targets. Our ambition is to develop our manufacturing footprint still further and we are confident that our investments in fibre-based packaging are good for us and good for the Australian packaging supply chain.”

Not limited to the linear-formed technology, Zipform also offers fibre-based packaging solutions across a whole range of products and is soon to release a range of one-piece fibre overcap options that will be available for multiple market applications.

Bigley says the company has further innovation in the pipeline and expects to announce more technical developments later this year.

Zipform will be exhibiting on Stand E240 at AUSPACK 2022, to be held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre from 17-20 May. To register your attendance click here.

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